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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

No professions unleash the spirit of innovation like mechanical and aerospace engineering. From flight to alternative energy, we constantly create bold solutions that connect science to life in unexpected, forward-thinking ways. The direct and positive effect we have on people’s everyday lives compels us to channel our imagination and creativity to meet the needs and challenges of the 21st century. Join us in an exciting journey of learning, innovation and leadership and look ahead where your horizons become absolutely unlimited!

Mechanical engineers are versatile and are found in a variety of private and public sector organizations. They may be involved in product design and development, manufacturing, project management, power generation, or other operations.

Rapid advances in aerospace systems require aerospace engineers to develop new concepts in aerodynamics, composites and space vehicles and bring them to reality as reliable, competitive, and environmentally acceptable products.

Graduates of the department work at many companies in the region and across the country, including Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter Textron, Facebook, Yahoo, Boeing, General Motors, AT&T, Atlas Copco, BNSF Railway, Cooper Tire and Raytheon.

Research Areas

Design, Manufacturing and Multidisciplinary Optimization

Dynamic Systems and Control

Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics and Propulsion

Structural Mechanics and Optimization

Thermal Sources and Energy Systems

Salary Information

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019)

Aerospace Engineers

Low: $71,640

Median: $115,220

High: $164,210

Projected growth through 2026: 6%

Mechanical Engineers

Low: $56,270

Median: $87,370

High: $136,550

Projected growth through 2026: 9%