Why study Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Double Major BS at UB?
The aerospace engineering program prepares students for careers in aerospace and related technologies. This includes the traditional aeronautics and astronautics applications (e.g., subsonic and supersonic aircraft, satellites, space shuttle, space station), as well as aerospace-related component development (design of structures, devices, and instruments) and vehicle and propulsion system design.
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines and one of the most practical. Mechanical engineers are involved in research and development, innovation, design, manufacturing, and technical sales of a wide variety of products. Specific areas of involvement include computer-aided design and manufacturing, robotics, autonomous systems, sustainable energy systems, power-producing machines, engines, materials, vehicles and systems of transportation, industrial production equipment, control and sensor devices, instrumentation, biomedical devices, pollution control devices, underwater technology, space flight equipment advanced propulsion systems, and safety devices and sensors.
The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Programs at UB are accredited by ABET, which requires a formal Outcomes Assessment and Continuous Improvement process to insure educational excellence. The Program Educational Objectives are:
- Graduates will hold a position in mechanical or aerospace engineering or other professional careers or will be engaged in advanced study
- Graduates will serve their profession and their community by participation in professional and community groups
- Graduates will use the unique problem-solving skills from their engineering training to make a significant, informed impact on current and future societal challenge
In addition, the curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop the following knowledge, skills, and behaviors by the time of graduation:
1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
The Learning Environment
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers nine engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering.
Five combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics.
The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research, and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.
About Our Facilities
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis, and Ketter Hall.
Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.
The MAE Department has a strong commitment to providing up-to-date laboratory equipment that gives our students hands-on experience with modern engineering devices, systems, and software. The major laboratory areas for undergraduates are properties of engineering materials, fluid and thermal sciences, dynamic systems and instrumentation, and computer-aided engineering. For students in the Aerospace Engineering program, there is a teaching wind tunnel for aerodynamics experiments, used in the course MAE 339. In addition, there are Shared Instrumentation Facilities, including the Motion Simulation Laboratory and the Digital Manufacturing Laboratory. Students can also obtain access to the Engineering Machine Shop, which has a variety of equipment that can be used for undergraduate research, projects, and student clubs.
About Our Faculty
The faculty members in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are widely recognized for their technical skills and scholarship. They have received recognition for both teaching and research accomplishments, with over 50 awards from national and international organizations including eight faculty members who are recognized as Fellows of their professional societies. Research awards have come from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, NASA, DARPA, the Department of Defense, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the Office of Naval Research, and international study awards have come from the J. William Fulbright and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundations.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Aerospace Engineering department website for additional information about our faculty.
Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education (410 Bonner Hall) and from faculty advisors in their program of study. The Office of Undergraduate Education advises all students throughout their first two years of study. In the junior and senior years, students seek advisement primarily from departmental faculty advisors.
Please visit the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering advising webpage for more information.
Academic Advising Contact Information
SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education
410 Bonner Hall North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260-1900
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Website
MAE Undergraduate Academic Coordinator 251 Bell Hall
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Website
Scholarships and Financial Support
There are many scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities available for students accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These include recruitment scholarships and annual scholarships/awards for current students. There are both merit and need-based scholarships.
Please visit the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering scholarship webpage for more information.