Sumanta Acharya

By weaving design, group projects, and communications throughout our curriculum, we have created a culture of innovation, teamwork, and leadership that positions our students to be the leaders of tomorrow. We emphasize excellence in creativity and scholarship that has resulted in several of our alumni becoming members of the National Academy of Engineering—one of the highest professional honors an engineer can receive.

Our faculty are among the best in their fields nationally and internationally, as demonstrated by the fact that almost all of our assistant professors have received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Not only are all of our faculty effective and dedicated teachers who enjoy close relationships with their students, but almost all of them pursue active and nationally recognized research programs. We enjoy close relationships with major research institutions in the Chicago area such as Argonne National Laboratory.

For talented students, Armour College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering (MMAE) offers opportunities to become a part of our thriving research enterprise and to contribute to leading-edge studies in our labs.

Our students often choose MMAE due to the diverse and far-reaching impact they have on the major socio-economic problems of the day—energy, environment, health, clean water, manufacturing, communication, transportation, defense, and space, among others. Research areas in which our faculty are currently working include: robotics, satellite and UAV guidance systems, driverless cars, turbomachinery, aircraft and flow control, transportation and propulsion systems, building design, renewable energy, energy harvesting and energy storage, advanced batteries, high temperature materials for engines, crystal growth, acoustic cloaking, biomechanics and cardiovascular flows, and space systems.

MMAE alumni can be found pursuing graduate degrees at some of the best universities in the country, working in national research labs, pursuing careers in a variety of industries, or engaging in entrepreneurship and innovation in companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 firms.

The home of our department, located in the John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center, recently underwent a major renovation and now offers a state-of-the-art interactive design studio and machine shop, an interactive learning and fabrication studio, research laboratories, collaborative spaces, and modern classrooms.

Please do not hesitate to let me know when you need further information and/or assistance regarding our programs.

Sumanta Acharya
Chair, Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering