About This Degree
Mechanical engineering deals with the creation of the mechanical systems and machines that serve society. Mechanical engineers are involved in researching and designing mechanical devices of all types, including engines, tools, and machines. The broad discipline allows one to work in nearly every area of industry.
Utah State’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is recognized at both regional and national levels. MAE graduates consistently finish in the top 10 percent in intercollegiate national student design competitions. In 2009, the USU Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team took first place at an international competition.
Graduate students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to study with award-winning faculty. The MAE Department received the university’s 2010 Department Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding teaching throughout the department.
What You Will Learn
The department is particularly strong in the following areas of study:
- olid mechanics is concerned with the mechanics of displacement and stress analysis combined with material science for selection of an optimum design. Included are studies of elasticity, plasticity, and failure in traditional metals and high-tech composite materials.
- Thermal/fluids is concerned with the transport of mass, momentum, and energy in solids, liquids, and gasses. Included within its scope are the fundamental studies of thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics.
- Dynamics and control is concerned with describing and controlling the motion of mechanical systems. Included within its scope are the fundamental studies of dynamics, kinematics, vibrations, control theory, electromechanical systems, and machine design.
- Composite Materials is concerned with how these materials are used, critical manufacturing processes, design methods, testing and structural analyses of these complex systems.
Concurrent Bachelor’s/Master’s Program:
The department also offers a concurrent bachelor’s/master’s program, which allows USU engineering students to begin taking graduate classes during their senior year as an undergraduate and to complete requirements for both the bachelor's degree and the master’s degree concurrently over two years.
MS: Logan (Main Campus)
PhD: Logan (Main Campus)
Career And Outcomes
Graduates may pursue careers in the following areas:
- Environmental engineering
- Food processing
- Heating and air conditioning
- Heavy equipment
- Machine tools
- Public utilities
- Solar energy
Aerospace Engineering Specialization
- Aircraft design and development
- Aircraft flight testing
- Spacecraft and space systems design
- Spacecraft trajectory design and analysis
Additionally, some MS students enter prestigious PhD programs in top-tier schools.
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