What is Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering?

Aerospace and mechanical engineers design and build unique, complex mechanical-optical-electronic (mechoptronic) systems, ranging in scale from the International Space Station to microscale electric generators and pumping systems.

A broad range of engineering science research is critical to developing novel, complex mechoptronic systems. As a consequence, aerospace and mechanical engineers conduct extensive basic and applied research within and crossing their usual disciplinary boundaries, they also synthesize research from many other disciplines.

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Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Seminar

Wed, Sep 20, 2017
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: SSL 150
Speaker: J. Michael McCarthy, Professor/UC IrvineTalk Title: Design of Linkage Systems to Draw Specified CurvesAbstract: Kinematic synthesis is a set of mathematical techniques to calculate the dimensions of a mechanism or robot to...


Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Seminar

Wed, Sep 27, 2017
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: SSL 150
Speaker: James Friend, Professor/UCSDTalk Title: Acoustic NanofluidicsAbstract: Acoustic waves have found new utility in microfluidics, providing an enormously powerful ability to manipulate fluids and suspended particles in open and...


AeroDesign Team to Present at the AIAA Orange County Section Meeting

After finishing in first place this year at the annual AIAA Design-Build-Fly competition, the AeroDesign Team (ADT) has been invited to present at the AIAA Orange Country Section’s meeting on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the at PeopleSpace in Irvine, CA. Visit the AIAA event page for more information and to register for the meeting.

Local Small Buisiness CEOs Visit CAM

On Tuesday [August 22, 2017] the Center For Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) hosted a group of CEOs from small SoCal manufacturing companies. Vistage Group, the business advisory and executive coaching organization, requested this meeting to educate local companies about the impact of robotics and automation on manufacturing sector.

S.K. Gupta, Krishnanand Kaipa and Carlos Morato Win Best Paper Award at ASME Conference

The ASME Computers & Information in Engineering Conference 2017 Best Paper Award was given to Satyandra K. Gupta, Smith International Professor and director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM), Krishnanand N. Kaipa, a former postdoctoral researcher advised by Gupta, and Carlos W. Morato, a former Ph.D. student, also advised by Gupta. Their paper was titled: “System State Monitoring to Facilitate Safe and … Read More


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Drastically reducing fuel consumption and emissions of commercial aircraft

Gabilan Assistant Professor Alejandra Uranga’s work on an MIT/NASA project offers a way to save fuel and reduce emissions via propulsion-airframe integration

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The Goldilocks Wing: Popular Airfoil Design Defies Aerodynamic Standards

Professor Spedding’s tests on a small (but not too small) sized airfoil yields surprising results in lift

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