The MAE Experience
Learn from leading faculty in a program you can tailor to fit your interests. Participate in cutting-edge research with real-world applications.
Students in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering receive hands-on learning in their field and work with top researchers in a variety of technical focus areas, including thermal management, materials science and engineering, advanced manufacturing, dynamic systems and more.
Undergraduate students have the unique opportunity to participate in undergraduate research and work on independent projects under the supervision of world-class faculty. They are also exposed to the professional responsibilities of engineers, including ethics and the societal impacts of engineering decisions.
Freshmen and sophomores focus on general education, mathematics, science and engineering fundamentals. Juniors concentrate on courses in mechanical engineering topics, including manufacturing, machine design, dynamic systems, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. The year consists primarily of laboratory courses and MAE electives, which allow students to focus on the technical areas of their interest. The senior experience culminates with the capstone design project, a real-life design project completed jointly with an MAE faculty mentor and practicing engineers from industry.
Graduate students can deepen their knowledge and further prepare for careers in academia, research or industry with an advanced degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Students conduct impactful research alongside world-class faculty and have the opportunity to serve as graduate research or teaching assistants.
Qualified doctoral students can pursue their PhD at no cost through the Doctoral Fellowship, which covers tuition and fees and provides an annual stipend and benefits.
Leadership and Career Opportunities
Discover new interests, develop professional skills and become leaders by participating in co-ops or internships, competition teams, student organizations and study abroad programs.
Co-Ops and Internships
Gain real-world experience at top companies through co-ops and internships. Mizzou Engineering’s Career Services provides resume workshops, interview prep and other resources to help students obtain co-ops or internships with renowned companies.
Competitions and Events
Participate on competition teams and work with peers to explore problems and design solutions. The Students’ Underwater Robotics Foundation (SURF) designs and manufactures marine robots for international competitions.
Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam
Completing the FE Exam is the first step to becoming a Licensed Professional Engineer. Most student take the FE exam their last semester of undergraduate coursework or just after graduation.
Hone your leadership and communication skills, explore your interests and connect with peers through student organizations at the department, College or campus level.
Students gain a global perspective through Mizzou’s Study Abroad program. The department offers required classes in summer Study Abroad sessions, allowing students to earn abroad experience while making progress towards their degrees.