About the Department

Our vision is for mechanical and aerospace engineering at NC State to be at the forefront of education, research and outreach.

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) is the largest in the state and among the largest and most prominent in the nation. The department offers the Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in both Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Aerospace Engineering (AE). The department also offers an accelerated BS/MS degrees in both mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering.

The strengths of the department include the thermal sciences, particularly thermal fluids, fluid mechanics, and combustion; mechanical sciences, including manufacturing mechanics, structural dynamics, materials, and controls; and the aerospace sciences, particularly aerodynamics, aircraft design, hypersonics, propulsion, flight research using UAVs, and computational fluid dynamics.

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has a highly recognized faculty and an enrollment of over 1000 undergraduates and nearly 400 graduate students.

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Keep up with alumni, research and faculty accomplishments by browsing our online newsletters.


What’s Inside Spring 2016 Edition:

In this newsletter, we have included a biography of professor emeritus, Dr. Herbert Eckerlin, a pioneer in renewable energy. You will also learn about many exciting things happening in the department including stories on groundbreaking research; and honors received by our students, faculty and staff.

  • Research Highlights: ¬†MAE researchers are driving improvements in rotorcraft aerodynamics and ultrasound imaging.
  • Awards and Honors:Faculty members, students and staff members are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.
  • Featured Alumnus:The department recognizes 16 outstanding graduates as part of the 2016 Hall of Fame class.
  • Goodbye to Department Head, Dr. Richard Gould


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Department Mission

Our mission is to be a flagship engineering department that benefits all people of North Carolina and the global society by:

  • making a profound impact on current and emerging science and technologies;
  • fostering exemplary, synergistic multidisciplinary research and education programs in close partnership with industry and government;
  • providing the environment for innovative professional and scholarly development; and
  • graduating highly skilled, ethical engineers who will thrive in a rapidly changing world and be future leaders in technology and society.

Undergraduate Program Mission

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Department History

Read about the department’s distinguished history, from its beginnings in 1889 at the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts to its current residence on NCSU’s research-centered Centennial Campus.