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.:
Solid Mechanics
Dynamics & Controls
  • 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