MAE Research

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of Virginia is a thriving program of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty with a commitment to exploration, innovation, and engineering excellence.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia has increased research citations and funding for tenured/tenure-track (T3) professors. MAE annual research expenditures are now increased to $547K per T3 faculty and the average H-index at 25. In addition, Science Citation Papers Index reached a new high of 6.5 and GRE Quantitative scores averaged 164. These numbers compare favorably with top institutions such as Georgia Tech, MIT, Penn State, Princeton, Stanford and Virginia Tech. In addition, one-third of MAE faculty has already achieved the high rank in their professional societies as fellows (AIAA, ASME, ASEE, Inst. of Physics, and SAE).

The MAE program’s aerospace engineering research strengths include the Applied Research Laboratory, the Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Center for Advanced Propulsion, and projects in combustion and wind energy. Key research strengths for the Mechanical program include the Center for Applied Biomechanics (world leaders in auto safety engineering with $10 million in annual research), the Center for Rotating Machinery (more than 40 member companies), a new $7.8 million MURI in bio-propulsion, and award-winning nano-scale research (including a Presidential Award to Patrick Hopkins given at a White House ceremony).