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New Mexico State University’s Mechanical Engineering (ME) department has been educating mechanical engineers since the university opened in 1888. Beginning in Fall 2006, the ME Department expanded to include an undergraduate degree program in Aerospace Engineering (AE), the first and the only Aerospace program in New Mexico and west Texas, to form the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department.

If you are interested in joining MAE as an undergraduate or a graduate student, please read about our programs to become a part of our diverse, vibrant, and growing department and experience our unique setting of
“small-school education with extensive research.”

Important Message for Students from MAE Department Head

Dear Students:

Welcome back! As Covid-19 persists, we ask you to be careful, considerate of others, and follow the state-mandated rules. You will see some cosmetic changes in Jett Hall that include new furniture and monitors as well as some major changes in Jett Annex 194 (shock tube). The fall enrollment figures for the MAE Department are stable when compared with last year’s numbers. Our undergraduate program is the largest in the College of Engineering and our graduate program continues to expand in enrollment. Further, the research expenditures in the department are growing at the fastest rate in the college. The faculty and staff continue to work diligently to ensure that your college days at NMSU are educational (study hard!), safe and enjoyable. Keep an eye on the monitor as the department plans some activities (ex. giveaways) during the term. On a solemn note, Professor Igor Sevostianov recently and unexpectedly passed away. He will be missed by his colleagues worldwide; former students; and, by the faculty, staff, and students at NMSU.

Dr. J.I. Frankel, Department Head and R. Myers Endowed Professor



ME Undergraduates

Spring 2021


AE Undergraduates

Spring 2021


MAE Graduate

Spring 2021

Mechanical Engineer

If it is a machine, a Mechanical Engineer designed it.

Mechanical Engineering (ME) is the most diverse of all engineering disciplines, finding applications in almost all industries and product markets. Modern engineering has a role in almost every aspect of life – from home appliances to transportation systems, biomedical devices and power generation.

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Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace Engineers design, develop and test Aerodynamic Systems.

As an aerospace engineer, you may work on earth or in space, on aircraft or spacecraft. Or your field may be in water vessel development of ships and submarines or ground transportation for fuel efficiencies and high speed-high tech vehicles.

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MAE faculty have received more than 15 research grants in AY 2018-19. The research funding amount during this period has increased by 55% compared to AY 2017-18.
Among all the mechanical/aerospace engineering departments at NMSU’s peer institutions, MAE is ranked: 3rd in publications per faculty member, 7th in citations per faculty, and 4th in the average h-index.
A recent study conducted by Stanford University names three MAE Professors among the top 2% of world scientists. Congratulations to Professors Abdelkefi, Sevostianov and Frankel.