Message from the Chair
Aerospace and mechanical engineers design and build unique, complex mechanical-optical-electronic (mechoptronic) systems, ranging in scale from the International Space Station (102 m) to microscale electric generators and pumping systems (< 10-3 m). During the last half-century the capabilities of mechoptronic systems have expanded to near-Earth, planetary, and interplanetary space. There has been a parallel inward extension to the ocean depths, far underground, and deep inside the intricacies of human bodies. 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, while also synthesizing research from many other disciplines such as biology and computer science.
At USC, the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) Department’s faculty has adopted several Strategic Themes to help guide the directions and enrich the contents of our education and research programs, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These can be found under Research Areas.
Descriptions of our educational programs can be accessed under Academics.
In addition, the Department actively supports several design/build student projects that include volunteers from all undergraduate years, along with graduate students and faculty mentors. Among these projects are: a competition airplane, competition cars, and a competition hyperloop pod, and a human powered vehicle. These and other student groups can be found under Current Students. Also, a yearlong senior projects laboratory course facilitates access to our faculty’s research for interested serious undergraduate scholars. Undergraduate Merit Research scholars from all years have an opportunity to participate in the AME faculty’s research through a program supported by the School of Engineering.
Welcome to the AME web site! During your visit I believe you will discover the enthusiasm that we have for the disciplines of aerospace and mechanical engineering and educational opportunities offered to students in the AME Department