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 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.

Mechanical and aerospace engineering at NC State is at the forefront of education, research and outreach, and we’ve got the numbers to prove it.


Square feet of lab and classroom space


Degrees conferred since 2000

Our Newsletters

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Fall 2020 Edition


What’s Inside:

Included in this year’s MAETRIX is an exclusive feature with MAE’s very own COVID-19 Response Team. 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.

MAE in the World: MAE researchers are driving improvements in a wide-range of diverse areas.

Program Updates: The latest news from the Undergraduate and Graduate programs.

Awards and Honors: Faculty members and students are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.

Alumni Corner: Dr. Basil Hassan (BSAE 1988, MSAE 1990, PhDAE 1993), President-Elect, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Senior Manager, Sandia National Laboratories, shares advice and answers questions.

Women in Engineering Q&A with Dr. Jennifer Rhatigan (MSME 1987), Professor of Practice at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Hall of Fame: The department recognizes 10 outstanding graduates as part of the 2019 Hall of Fame class.


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