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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Professors Egolfopoulos and Ronney Elected Fellows of the Combustion Institute

The Combustion Institute (CI) Fellows program recognizes distinguished CI members who have made outstanding contributions to the combustion field. Two Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) Professors were elected to the 2018 Class of Fellows: Fokion Egolfopoulos, for his groundbreaking research on the fundamentals of physical and chemical processes in flames, and Paul Ronney, for his exceptional research on near-limit flames … Read More

AME students get behind-the-scenes tour of SpaceX by alumnus Chris Hansen

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) students were led on a tour of SpaceX headquarters by AME alumnus and SpaceX development test director Chris Hansen (B.S. ’02, M.S. ’03). Hansen has been with SpaceX since its inception, working on most of the systems and vehicles they produce. The group, accompanied by AME lecturer John McArthur and instructional lab technician … Read More

Lecturer Marty Bradley Selected as a Fellow of the AIAA

Marty Bradley, lecturer in aerospace and mechanical engineering and USC alumnus (B.S., M.S., & Ph.D), was selected as a Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The AIAA confers the distinction of Fellow upon individuals in recognition of their notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics and astronautics. His citation reads: “For industry … Read More


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USC Viterbi’s AeroDesign Team: A winning history

Faculty advisor Charles Radovich recounts his favorite competitions

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Reimagining the Future of Air Travel

USC Viterbi researchers consider ways to improve aircraft efficiency and fuel economy

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