Pushing the Envelope

MAE has a strong history of commitment to innovative research and encourages active collaboration in cross-disciplinary activities. The department partners with industry and government to conduct research at the cutting edge of science and technology.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

North Carolina State University hosts a 9-week summer research program for outstanding rising junior and senior undergraduate students. We offer research experiences to work on topics related to composite materials subjected to extreme environments. In this program, undergraduates from other institutions work with faculty mentors and graduate students representing a variety of exciting research areas. The faculty team is multidisciplinary from different departments in the college of engineering and college of textiles.

Learn more about this undergraduate research opportunity.


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Our expertise is diverse — four core areas of research:


Aerodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Propulsion and Space Exploration Systems

Sailplanes visit the Engineering complex on Centennial Campus. Photo by Marc Hall
Related Courses
  • MAE 511 Advanced Dynamics with Applications to Aerospace Systems
  • MAE 525 Advanced Flight Vehicle Stability and Control
  • MAE 528 Experimental Flight Testing
  • MAE 550 Foundations of Fluid Dynamics
  • MAE 551 Airfoil Theory
  • MAE 553 Compressible Fluid Flow
  • MAE 554 Hypersonic Aerodynamics
  • MAE 560 Computational Fluid Dynamics I
  • MAE 561 Wing Theory
  • MAE 562 Physical Gas Dynamics
  • MAE 573 Hydrodynamic Stability and Transition
  • MAE 575 Advanced Propulsion Systems
  • MAE 581 Space Flight Orbital Mechanics
  • MAE 582 Spacecraft Altitude Dynamics and Controls
  • MAE 589 Numerical Methods for Engineers
  • MAE 589 Microfluidics and Nanofluidics
  • MAE 766 Computational Fluid Dynamics II
  • MAE 770 Computational Reactive Flow
  • MAE 776 Turbulence
  • MAE 782 Spacecraft Altitude Dynamics and Controls II
  • MAE 783 Space Flight Guidance and Navigation

Dynamics, Vibrations, Controls, and System Design

Engineering grad student Glen Garner positions a rock for acoustic probing in the anechoic chamber in Monteith Hall. Photo by Roger Winstead
Related Courses
  • MAE 513 Principles of Structural Vibrations
  • MAE 518 Acoustic Radiation I
  • MAE 521 Linear Control and Design for MIMO Systems
  • MAE 522 Non-linear System Analysis and Control
  • MAE 525 Advanced Flight Vehicle Stability and Control
  • MAE 532 Smart Structures and Micro-Transducers
  • MAE 534 Mechatronic Design
  • MAE 535 Design of Electromechanical Systems
  • MAE 544 Real Time Robots
  • MAE 718 Acoustic Radiation II
  • MAE 589 Numerical Methods for Engineers
  • MAE 789 Field Theory for Engineers

Structural Mechanics, Materials and Manufacturing

Photo by Roger Winstead.
Related Courses
  • MAE 532 Smart Structures and Micro-Transducers
  • MAE 533 Finite Element Analysis I
  • MAE 537 Mechanics of Composite Structures
  • MAE 538 Smart Structures and Materials
  • MAE 539 Advanced Materials
  • MAE 541 Advanced Machine Design
  • MAE 543 Fracture Mechanics
  • MAE 545 Metrology of Precision Manufacturing
  • MAE 546 Photonic Sensor Applications in Structures
  • MAE 731 Materials Processing by Deformation
  • MAE 734 Finite Element Analysis II
  • MAE 589 Numerical Methods for Engineers
  • MAE 589 Nanotechnology
  • MAE 589 Optimization in Engineering Design

Thermal Sciences and Energy Systems

A student works in the Textile Protection And Comfort Center (T-PACC), affectionately known as Pyroman. Photo by Marc Hall
Related Courses
  • MAE 501 Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics
  • MAE 504 Fluid Dynamics of Combustion I
  • MAE 505 Heat Transfer Theory and Applications
  • MAE 540 Advanced Air Conditioning Design
  • MAE 589 Numerical Methods for Engineers
  • MAE 589 Advanced IC Engines
  • MAE 702 Statistical Thermodynamics
  • MAE 704 Fluid Dynamics of Combustion II
  • MAE 708 Advanced Convective Heat Transfer
  • MAE 709 Advanced Radiative Heat Transfer