We are excited to announce two new faculty searches for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science. The positions have both a strong focus on autonomous systems and an emphasis on excellence and diversity.

The professorial faculty searches are posted at and include:

  • Professor in Autonomous Platforms (Posting 0624558), with an opportunity for a joint appointment with the LinkLab  
  • Professor in Autonomous Vehicle Safety associated with the Center for Applied Biomechanics (Posting 0624609)  

MAE faculty and graduate students are thriving with world-class funding and scholarship and we were able to welcome our most diverse classes ever at the undergraduate and graduate levels over the past several years—with continued momentum! In fact, the University of Virginia is the #1 public engineering program in the nation in percentage of women earning degrees. MAE research is also nationally recognized and ranked, with the highest graduate program rankings for mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering of any public program of its faculty size, and the engineering school is #1 in the country for its rate of Ph.D. enrollment growth. The University of Virginia has world-class strengths in vehicle biomechanics, autonomous systems, robotic and nano-manufacturing, aerospace propulsion, bio-inspired engineering design, cyber-physical systems, human biomechanics, multi-scale energy systems and rotor dynamic systems.  

The School of Engineering and Applied Science at UVA has a vibrant cross-departmental research culture and is fundamentally committed to increasing the excellence and diversity of its faculty. We highly welcome applications from women, members of underrepresented minority groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching mission. Charlottesville is frequently cited as one of the best cities in which to live and work.

The search committees started reviewing applications at the beginning of the year, but applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. As such, please distribute this message to colleagues, students and post-docs who you think may be good candidates, and please know that I would be happy to answer any questions on these searches and our department.
With much thanks!
Eric Loth
Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor and
Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Phone: 434-924-3046