Facts & Figures
(Updated Sept. 2013)
- MAE is the second largest department (700+ students) at USU.
- Four fifths of the 15 MAE professors have been hired since 2001.
- Faculty have developed world class research programs.
- The David G. Sant Innovation Engineering Building (June 2008) provides state-of-the-art research space.
MAE GRADUATES ARE COMPETITIVE: MAE Students continue to prove that they can compete with the very best from across the nation as they consistently finish in the top 10% in intercollegiate student design competitions and pursue PhD degrees at prestigious institutions. For example:
- 1st pace in the 2012 & 2013 Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Design Challenge.
- 1st place in the 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012 NASA Rocket Launch competitions.
- 1st in Society of Manufacturer Engineers 2008 Innovative Design competition
- 1st place for zero emission vehicles at the 2006 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Houghton, MI (Mar 2006).
- 1st place out of 20 teams in a NASA sponsored space mission design competition in Orlando, FL (May 2005).
- 1st in the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race against 28 university teams (May 2005).
- 6th place out of 44 teams in the AIAA sponsored design build and fly competition in Baltimore, MD (May 2005).
- 13th place out of 139 teams in the SAE sponsored Mini Baja competition in Tucson AZ (June 2005).
- Recent MAE graduates are in PhD programs at Notre Dame, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Purdue, MIT, George Washington, UC Davis Medical School, U of Washington-Seattle, UC Boulder, Virgina Tech, U of Michigan.
Mechanical Engineering BS majors can pursue several emphasis areas via technical electives, viz.:
Dynamics & Controls
SAMPLE SPONSORED RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
- Modeling and testing of composite materials properties
- Spacecraft Relative Navigation Sensors for Rendezvous and Docking
- Hybrid rocket motors and aerospike nozzles
- Autonomous Optical Navigation at Jupiter - A Linear Covariance Analysis
- High-performance multi-scale computation with applications to biological macromolecules
- Phototrophic and heterotrophic microbial biofuels and bioproducts (multidisciplinary research group across four USU departments)
- Buried Structures Research and Testing Lab
- CFD Simulation: Hydrodynamic Model of the Circulation within the South Arm of the Great Salt Lake
- High temperature mechanical testing
- High performance computing of rotorcraft flow fields
- A New Paradigm for Multiphysics Modeling of Advanced Materials and Structures
- Bulk Mechanical Alloying as a Nanoscale Particle Processing Method
- Analysis and Experiment of Long-term Reliability of Thermal Switches for James Webb Space Telescope
- Aircraft performance optimization
- Thermophysical properties of radioactice materials and Thermal Fluid studies for Advance Nuclear Power Plants
- Validation experiments for spent fuel pool and dry cask natural convection
- Systems engineering and life cycle assessment for biofuels