WHAT IS AN EMPHASIS?
An emphasis is not a new major. It is an option for a specialization within the Mechanical Engineering major. These options exist in many departments across campus. While most of the courses are identical, an emphasis requires a narrower set of requirements towards a specific area. An emphasis does not appear on your diploma, but does appear on your transcript. This option is not for everyone, but may be a good fit for a student who is passionate about a particular area.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
You must complete all the required courses outlined in the catalog for the Mechanical Engineering BS major, except for one difference. The difference is in your choice of four technical electives. One of your technical electives must be either ME EN 415 or ME EN 426. Two technical electives must be from the list below. The fourth technical elective can be any approved technical elective on the list at:
ME 412: applications of fluid dynamics (starting Fall 2021)
ME 415: flight vehicle design
ME 426: gas turbine and jet engine design
ME 431: design of control systems
ME 456: composite material design
ME 510: compressible fluid flow
ME 515: aerodynamics
ME 523: aircraft structures
ME 534: dynamics of mechanical systems
ME 535: mechanical vibrations
ME 575: optimization techniques in engineering
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Any mechanical engineering student who has been admitted to the ME Professional Program may choose to enroll in the Aerospace Emphasis. To do so, contact our undergraduate adviser, Marianne Cutchins. Remember to make your decision early enough in your program, before completing your technical elective courses.
INTERESTED IN MORE?
If you are interested in Aerospace R&D there are many opportunities to get involved with aerospace research within the department. Some of the labs working in this area are listed here.
Additionally, we have very active clubs and competition teams including: