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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) 297-8039

Mark Sochor

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Emergency Medicine, Vice Chair for Research Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical Director, Center for Applied Biomechanics

Research Areas
  • Injury biomechanics – Head, C-Spine, Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis and extremities
  • Occupant Kinematics
  • Pedestrian Injury
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Phone: (434) 297-8061

Thomas Hartka

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Assistant Director, Emergency Medicine Research Office, Assistant Medical Director, UVA Center for Applied Biomechanics

Research Areas
  • Blunt Force Thoracic Trauma
  • Radiographic Interpretation of Injury and Accident Reconstruction
  • Motor Vehicle Crash Occupant Kinematics during Collisions
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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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  • 29

    average h-index

  • $ 681 k

    average research funding per tenured and tenure-track faculty

  • 30 %

    increase in Ph.D. enrollment since 2016

  • 107 %

    increase in graduate students from populations underrepresented in engineering including women