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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REU on X-Rays in Material Science
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Tailless Jet Flies Free with Novel Control Technique
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...
MMAE Hosts Annual Lecture and Unveils Latest Hall of Fame Inductee
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...
Fluid Flow Modeling for More Efficient Vehicles and Beyond
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
Fear Endowed Fellowship recipientJoseph Borrelli (Aerospace Engineering ’22, M.S. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 1st Year)
Brooke Owens Fellow working at Lockheed MartinLiz Karagiannes (Aerospace Engineering, M.Eng. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 4th Year)
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 '22)
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)
"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."
"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."
“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.
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MMAE in the Media
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Aerospace Testing International interviewed David Williams, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, to discuss his pioneering work using active flow control in an aircraft with no tail.
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Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering
John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center
10 West 32nd Street, Room 243
Chicago, IL 60616