Message from the Department Head

Dr. Srinath Ekkad, Department Head

I would like to welcome you to the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at North Carolina State University. The MAE department at NC State has a long history and tradition of educational excellence and cutting-edge research. On the MAE website, you can find a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, externally funded research activities, information on admissions into our programs, details on our faculty and staff, and more.

These are exciting times to be a mechanical or aerospace engineer at NC State. There is a significant demand within both fields, lending our engineers ample opportunities to solve society’s most difficult problems in areas such as renewable energy, autonomous transportation, advanced manufacturing, automobile engineering, propulsion systems and more. As part of a recently announced engineering expansion program for NC State, our department will grow exponentially as the demand for our programs continues to rise and new research challenges arrive over the horizon. Our students get to experience excellent education that provides them an opportunity to develop, innovate and design robots, satellites, prosthetics, manufacturing methods, new novel engineering tools, and everything in between. The students are trained to think independently while also working collaboratively with their colleagues and peers to instill the necessary lessons to make them successful in their future careers as engineers in the real world.

Our world-class faculty leads the pack in all areas of both mechanical and aerospace engineering. They are involved in interdisciplinary research with other departments at NC State including the other engineering departments and departments within the College of Sciences. Additionally, our faculty members have strong research connections at UNC and Duke in the areas surrounding our location on NC State’s Centennial Campus, along with similar connections with many exceptional universities around the world. Several of our faculty members have received NSF CAREER awards and Young Investigator Awards from AFOSR/ONR/DARPA in recent years. Our faculty members are highly published scholars, whose work is regarded in many different disciplines around the world, and many have high H-indexes upwards of 25.

The MAE department faculty and staff are also committed to creating a diverse and inclusive experience for our students, research partners, and alumni. We hope that you will visit us at our offices in Engineering Building III on Centennial campus to learn about the various ongoing activities and our plans for future development. Please feel free to browse through our website for more information or contact us if you have any questions.

Srinath V. Ekkad
MAE Department Head