Prospective Undergraduate Students

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering administers the Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE) and the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME).  MAE is home to about 1,600 undergraduate students, with about 70% majoring in ME and about 30% in AE, with about 10% of our students earn dual BS degrees in ME and AE.

Mechanical Engineering is among the oldest and broadest of all engineering disciplines.  ME applies the principles of engineering, physics, materials and engineering science for the analysis, design, manufacturing, testing and maintenance of mechanical systems.  ME is an interdisciplinary major that involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power, encompasses mechanical and systems design, testing and manufacturing, controls and optimization, and overlaps into the disciplines of aerospace engineering, metallurgical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, petroleum engineering, manufacturing engineering, chemical engineering and biomedical engineering.

Mechanical Engineers lead the way in nearly every product you might interact with, impacting how we move from automobiles to artificial hips and how we see from novel displays to state-of-the-art contact lenses.       

Aerospace Engineering is an engineering discipline that is focused on the design, construction, testing and operation of airplanes and spacecraft.  Aerospace engineers are also employed in related transportation industries such as automotive, ship and high speed trains.  AE is divided into two branches:  aeronautical engineering, which focuses on aircraft operating in the Earth’s atmosphere, and astronautical engineering, which focuses on spacecraft.  Aerospace engineering has many of the underlying core disciplines as ME, including mechanics, thermodynamics, materials science, design and structural analysis along with an additional layer of knowledge specific to the discipline.

Aerospace Engineers have transformed society through modern air travel, developing state-of-the-art materials, design optimization and manufacturing schemes, and guidance, control and navigation systems that impact our everyday life well beyond the traditional aerospace applications.        

Here is a brief summary of MAE Employment facts based on recent alumni survey data.

Here is a brief overview and facts about the MAE Department at the University of Florida.