Department Chair's Message


The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is the second largest department in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) at UCLA. During the last several years we have strategically added faculty in several areas of excellence. As a result of these additions and some attrition, we now have thirty-one full time faculty who take great pride in their teaching and are conducting research that is at the forefront of their fields. The Department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in mechanical and in aerospace engineering. The graduate degree leading to the MS in Manufacturing Engineering is also offered by the Department. The undergraduate programs in both mechanical and aerospace engineering are accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). Nationally, the undergraduate and graduate programs are highly ranked. Currently, the Department has about 450 undergraduate students in both programs. There are about 180 graduate students, nearly equally divided between between MS and PhD students. In addition the Department has thirty-five full time research staff. During the academic year 1999-2000, the Department obtained total extramural funds exceeding $14,000.000.

The areas of concentration in the graduate program include Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Manufacturing and Design, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Systems and Control, and Structural and Solid Mechanics.

There is significant recognition in the engineering discipline regarding the need and the value of interdisciplinary research to support existing and emerging technologies. The faculty of the Department have been central to the successful establishment of extramurally supported interdisciplinary research initiatives in the areas of modular micromachined SI heat removal, quantum structures for thermoelectric applications, mesoscale actuator devices for use in rotorcraft design, high altitude formation flight of unmanned aerial vehicles, low altitude surveillance aircraft controlled by M3 systems, microbat (ornithopter), distributed flow control by neural network, structural integrity of fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft, aviation security, handheld system for biological detection, and science and technology of inertial and magnetic fusion. At the individual level, faculty are also carrying out very exciting and innovative research. These research activities fall into several clusters of excellence: Composites and Aerospace Structures, Design, Dynamics and Control of Systems, and Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer.

The Department has state-of-the-art computing facilities and instructional and research laboratories which are housed in the modern Engineering IV building. Financial aid offered to undergraduate students at UCLA includes scholarships, grants, loans, apprenticeships in research laboratories and work-study programs. The graduate students receive financial aid in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Almost all of the full-time graduate students receive some sort of financial support.

Good working relations exist between the Department and local industries. The Department has an Industrial Affiliates Program in which several local companies participate. On-going collaboration with industry includes joint research projects and sponsorship of design projects in undergraduate courses.

In the next few years, the Department will continue its expansion as it briskly moves forward to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. We invite you to visit our Department, and/or call for further information.

Best regards,

D. Lewis Mingori
Chair and Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department