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Armour College of Engineering

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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About MMAE

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,

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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Sydney Kaplan

When Sydney Kaplan (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Business minor, M.E. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering) joined a robotics club in her first year of high school, she just thought it was cool. “Now...

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Faculty Research

Our faculty research includes topics in emerging areas such as robotics, fluid dynamics, design, materials science, green energy, transportation, biomechanics, and space systems.

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Student Research

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.

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Student Organizations

Our students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience and develop professional skills through student-run organizations, department workshops, seminars, and networking events.

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Autonomous Systems Degree

Our new Master of Science in Autonomous Systems and Robotics focuses on physical systems and internal algorithms, reflecting job market demands.

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“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.”

-Tyler Grudowski (ME ’17)

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MMAE in the Media

Professor Sammy Tin interview

CBS 2 interviewed Sammy Tin, materials engineering professor in the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering, to discuss Chicago's deteriorated light poles.

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Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering
John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center
10 West 32nd Street, Room 243
Chicago, IL 60616