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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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Phone: 434-924-7422

Richard W. Kent

Chair, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Professor, Biomedical Engineering (Courtesy), Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery (Courtesy)

Research Areas
  • Biomechanics/Injury Biomechanics or Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
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Xinfeng Gao

Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Research Areas
  • Development of High-Order CFD Methods for High-Speed Flows (e.g., Supersonic and Hypersonic Regimes)
  • Parallel Adaptive Algorithms for Both Spatial and Temporal Domains
  • Development of Convergent Algorithms of HPC + Data Analytics + Optimization for Aerospace Engineering Designs
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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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