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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Cross-cutting programs that drive innovation through excellence in academics and research

Our department brings together outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs with world-class expertise in energy, propulsion, autonomous systems, biomechanics and manufacturing. This cross-cutting environment and new partnerships have resulted in levels of student awards, publications and research funding that place us among the nation’s elite mechanical and aerospace engineering programs. We are equipping a generation of leaders to apply mechanical and aerospace engineering in solving society's challenges.

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Our Faculty

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Natasha Smith

Associate Professor

Research Areas
  • Reliability-based design
  • Multidisciplinary optimization
  • Probabilistic methods
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Lin Ma

Professor, MAE Graduate Program Director

Research Areas
  • Application of optical measurement techniques 
  • Development of laser sensors 
  • Non-intrusive measurements of temperature, pressure, velocity, chemical composition in harsh environments
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Michael Momot

Distinguished Lecturer

Research Areas
  • Primarily interested in artificial intelligence and hierarchical control of automated systems, but also interested in pedagogy as applied to engineering.
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More About Our Department

Center for Applied Biomechanics
As the largest university-based injury biomechanics laboratory in the world, the UVA MAE Center for Applied Biomechanics specializes in impact biomechanics for injury prevention.

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Rapid Prototyping Lab
The UVA MAE Rapid Prototyping Lab is a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility that provides Computer-Aided Design, FDM 3D Printing, and Poly-Jet 3-D Printing services to our students, faculty, staff, and external clients.

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  • 22

    tenured and tenure-track faculty

  • $ 515 k

    average research funding per tenured and tenure-track faculty

  • 369

    undergraduate students combined in aerospace and mechanical engineering programs

  • 132

    graduate students