Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
A storied tradition of innovation.
Mechanical engineers apply principles of mechanics, dynamics and energy transfer to the design, analysis, testing and manufacture of consumer and industrial products. We create machines used in manufacturing, mechanical components of electronics, engines and power-generating equipment, vehicles and their components, artificial components for the human body, and many other products.
Aerospace engineers are more specialized, designing and building all aspects of machines that fly. Based around two sub-specialties, aeronautical and astronautical engineering, these engineers design practically everything that takes flight – from gliders and helicopters, to airliners, fighter jets, rockets, missiles, spacecraft and more.
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Mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidate Matthew McIntosh is a member of TANMS, a multi-institutional research center based at UCLA Samueli.
Researchers create ultra-lightweight ceramic material that can better withstand extreme temperatures
A UCLA-led research team has created a new type of aerogel that can better endure extremely hot conditions and big swings in temperature. The new material, based on dynamic nanoscale technology, contracts when compressed or heated, which is the opposite of most materials.
Professor Mario Gerla MS ’70, PhD ’73, a pioneer in computer networks who had supervised more than 100 Ph.D. graduates during his long career, died on February 9 after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75 years old.
NewsroomArticle By UCLA Samueli Newsroom Thanks to a recent five-year grant to the Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity, 42 UCLA Samueli undergraduates have received academic scholarships of up to $5,000 each.The Broadening...
Super-strong but lightweight, AA 7075 now could be more widely used in automobiles and other manufacturing thanks to UCLA research
The Uber vice president discussed his entrepreneurial career in the year’s second program in the Ronald and Valerie Sugar Distinguished Speaker Series