2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Double Major BS

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

318 Jarvis Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4400
Kemper E. Lewis
Chair
Robert C. Wetherhold
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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 engineers are involved in research and development, design, manufacturing, and technical sales of a wide variety of products. Specific areas of involvement include computer-aided design and manufacturing, robotics, power plants, engines, materials, automotive vehicles and systems of transportation, industrial equipment, control and measurement devices, instrumentation, biomedical devices, apparatus for the control of air, water, noise, refuse and other types of pollution; underwater technology, space flight equipment and safety devices and sensors.

Learning Outcomes

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:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

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. Barbara and Jack Davis Hall is the newest building, which opened in 2011 and features an environmentally friendly design and construction.

The MAE Department has a strong commitment to providing up-to-date laboratory equipment that gives our students hands-on experience with typical 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.

Career Outlook

Academic Advising

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 website for more information.

Academic Advising Contact Information

SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education
410 Bonner Hall
North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260-1900
Phone: 716-645-2774
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.

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

318 Jarvis Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4400
Kemper E. Lewis
Chair
Robert C. Wetherhold
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Published: November 17, 2017 09:59:02 AM