Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering
The Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering offers students the opportunity to explore the design and manufacture of machines, aircraft, vehicles beyond the earth's atmosphere, and the structure and properties of engineering materials.
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Materials engineers are producing new and better materials that are revolutionizing the way we work and live. Whether developing energy materials for fuel cells or producing smart materials behind advanced sensors, our materials engineers are shaping innovations that are changing the world for the better.
The department's undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, and materials science and engineering are all accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Our ABET-accredited programs will prepare you to excel in a wide range of industries that require optimization, processing, and selection.
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Fast Facts: Why MMAE?
Materials Science and Engineering
Materials engineers are producing new and better materials that are revolutionizing the way we work and live. Whether developing better energy materials for fuel cells or producing smart materials behind advanced sensors, our materials engineers are shaping innovations that are changing the world for the better.Learn More
Welcoming New Faculty
The MMAE department is excited to welcome two new faculty members. Adrian and Lorna Nemcek Junior Faculty Development Chair in Engineering Esma Karagoz is an expert in machine learning, system engineering, and design optimization, and Assistant Professor Nelson Rosa is an expert in mechatronics, software engineering, and dynamics.
The capabilities of electronic devices have grown exponentially in recent decades, but the hardware making this possible is starting to reach the limits for how small and how fast it can get. Illinois...
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Ankit Srivastava has developed a groundbreaking technique for solving equations describing systems that change with time, and NVIDIA has...
In its first year competing in the Spaceport America Cup , the largest intercollegiate rocket and engineering competition and conference, Illinois Tech Rocketry exceeded expectations. Launching its...
Our faculty research includes topics in emerging areas such as robotics, fluid dynamics, design, materials science, green energy, transportation, biomechanics, and space systems.Learn More
Participate in breakthrough research with our mechanical, materials, and aerospace engineering faculty, applying real-world applications and working on projects that will address the biggest issues facing our local and global communities.Learn More
Our students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience and develop professional skills through student-run organizations, department workshops, seminars, and networking events.Get Started
Chloé Benz says Illinois Tech directly prepared her for a job developing cutting-edge autonomous driving technology.Chloé Benz (M.S. Autonomous Systems and Robotics ’22)
Fear Endowed Fellowship recipientJoseph Borrelli (AE ’22, M.S. MAE 1st Year)
Brooke Owens Fellow working at Lockheed MartinLiz Karagiannes (AE, M.Eng. MAE 4th Year)
Seth Graham’s NASA internship helped land him a job at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.Seth Graham (ME/M.Eng. MAE ’22)
Dance and activism help Neil John work toward a career in sustainabilityNeil John (ME 2nd Year)
A childhood obsession with space pushed Brandon Lloyd to Illinois Tech's aerospace engineering program and a stellar job at NASA.Brandon Lloyd (AE ’08)
"When I visited campus, I felt that I fit into the student population well. I enjoyed our nerdy conversations and jokes and felt at home immediately. I knew I would be getting a top-notch engineering education here where I could be research and internship focused. I found at other universities it was one or the other."
"Illinois Tech is a good choice for anyone looking for a more personal education. Small class sizes allow professors to tailor lectures for the students present. Professors are very approachable and always have office hours, as do teaching assistants. There are many research opportunities on campus, plus faculty and student organizations are very willing to help in searching for internships."
“At Illinois Tech, I have had some of the best teachers of my entire academic career. I am always so impressed by the depth of knowledge of the faculty.”
"My peers at Illinois Tech have been some of the greatest supporters and sources of information when pursuing opportunities. They have helped me reach my full potential, and I in turn have tried my best to do the same for them. It’s great to be at a school where you are surrounded by people who are all prioritizing and advocating for their education and career."
Our extraordinary faculty members are dedicated to our students, passionate about world-class research, and make it possible for us to offer top-ranked programs.