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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, 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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We're Hiring!

The MMAE department is running multiple faculty searches in broad areas of need and growth. Consider being a part of this expansion at Chicago's only tech-focused university!

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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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Graduate Student Fellowship

We are accepting applications for the Thomas and Josette Morel Graduate Fellowship from current and prospective students interested in pursuing graduate thesis or dissertation research.

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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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Featured Faculty

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.

David Williams
Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Seebany Datta Barua
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Sumanta Acharya
Department Chair Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Leon Shaw
Rowe Family Chair Professor in Sustainable Energy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Director of the Thermal Processing Technology Center
Kevin Cassel
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs for Armour College of Engineering Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Professor of Applied Mathematics
Ankit Srivastava
Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Carrie Hall
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Associate Chair of Graduate Affairs in the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering
Wei Chen
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Matthew Spenko
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Contact Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering

Phone

312.567.3175

Fax

312.567.7230

Email

mmae@iit.edu

Department Type

Academic

Office Location

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