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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Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering Sumanta Acharya was celebrated for his committed contributions to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers...
Leon Shaw, the Rowe Family Chair Professor in Sustainable Energy and professor of materials science and engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, has received the Excellence in Research Award...
Illinois Institute of Technology undergraduate student Andy de Fonseca (AE 3rd Year) has received a Brooke Owens Fellowship, a competitive award for women and gender-minority undergraduate students...
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
“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.”
Dance and activism help Neil John work toward a career in sustainabilityNeil John (Mechanical Engineering 2nd Year)
Michael Buonanno received the MMAE Distinguished Alumni AwardMichael Buonanno (AE ’01)
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)
Jim Grudzinski achieved both of his graduate degrees on a part-time basis via distance learning, video recordings, and evening coursework.Jim Grudzinski (M.S. MAE ’96, Ph.D. ’12)
Even 4,000 miles away from home, Katja Berthold could see the opportunities that Illinois Tech presented. She has wasted no time taking advantage.Katja Berthold (Mechanical Engineering 3rd Year)
Through Armour College of Engineering’s R&D Program, Maddy Urig was able to partner with a professor on a wind turbine R&D project, discovering her passion for innovation in renewable energy.Maddy Urig (Mechanical Engineering 4th Year)