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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The MMAE department is running a faculty search in advanced manufacturing. This is a rapidly growing area in the department as Illinois Tech begins a partnership with DMG Mori to establish a national center for advanced manufacturing. Consider being a part of this exciting opportunity!Learn More
David Williams and his team have demonstrated the first use of a novel control method in an aircraft with no tail. While conventional aircraft rely on protruding fins to enable steering, a tailless...
Illinois Institute of Technology’s Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering hosted the Nagib and Kalpakjian Annual Lecture on Turbulence and inducted Lois Graham (M.S. ME ’49, Ph...
Illinois Institute of Technology Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Scott T. M. Dawson received a National Science Foundation CAREER award to develop methods to significantly...
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
Seth Graham’s NASA internship helped land him a job at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.Seth Graham (Mechanical Engineering/M.Eng. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 5th Year)
Andy de Fonseca is 35 years old, a theater graduate, a mother, and now well on her way to becoming an aerospace engineer.Andy de Fonseca (Aerospace Engineering 3rd Year)
Hands-on projects help Rosemary Johnson find her career path.Rosemary Johnson (Aerospace Engineering, M.Eng. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 4th Year)
Dance and activism help Neil John work toward a career in sustainabilityNeil John (Mechanical Engineering 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 (Aerospace Engineering ’08)
Michael Buonanno received the MMAE Distinguished Alumni AwardMichael Buonanno (Aerospace Engineering ’01)
“Here your professors know you by your first name. It helps to ease the stress because you know the professors care about how you’re doing and that you can get help when you need it.”
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.