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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

As you browse through the virtual space of the MAE department, you will find out how exciting and dynamic this department is and how our students are central to all activities that go on in the department. The research activities span the fields of Thermo-Fluids, Solid Mechanics and Propulsion. In addition to the traditional graduate programs in MAE, we have specialty graduate programs in Rotorcraft System Engineering and Missile Systems Engineering that fill the needs of local government agencies and expand our graduate offerings.

The MAE department is located at the easternmost corner of one of the biggest research parks in the country, Cummings Research Park. Surrounded by high-tech aerospace companies, NASA Marshall and the Army’s Redstone Arsenal, our graduates are sometimes offered jobs before they even graduate. This situation is unique around the country and MAE graduates are very fortunate to have made the decision to join MAE and UAHuntsville. Because of this, our enrollment has doubled in eight years and MAE is the largest major on campus.

Currently, the MAE department is going through a phase of rapid growth to accommodate local needs for skilled engineers driven by the growth of the local economy and the expected surge in local population due to the Base Realignment and Closure. We are embarking on a 50% growth in full-time faculty positions, lecturers and support staff. All these factors make MAE the most exciting place to be on the UAHuntsville campus.

Enjoy your virtual visit to MAE and we hope to see you in person the next time you are on campus. Who knows, you might just decide to join us.

Keith Hollingsworth

Department Chair