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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: ​434-297-8049

Jason R. Kerrigan

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery (courtesy), Director, Center for Applied Biomechanics

Research Areas
  • Injury Biomechanics
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Injury Rehabilitation
  • Automobile Safety and Active/Passive Safety Integration
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Phone: 434-924-3046

Eric Loth

MAE Department Chair, Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor, Director, Fluids Research Innovation Lab

Research Areas
  • Bio-inspired Wind Energy systems
  • Aerospace Propulsion and Aerodynamics
  • Turbulence, Multiphase Flow, and Fluid-Solid Interaction
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Phone: ​434-243-7610

Elizabeth J. Opila

Professor, Director, Rolls-Royce University Technology Center on Advanced Material Systems

Research Areas
  • Corrosion and Electrochemical Sciences and Engineering
  • High Temperature Materials Science and Oxides
  • Advanced materials for transportation applications
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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