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.

To learn more about the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering department, visit our dedicated site.


Welcome week 2019: Tips for new students

Welcome week 2019: Tips for new students

Three UCLA Samueli undergraduate students offer advice to their new peers on how to succeed – collaborate with fellow students, participate in clubs, develop good time management skills and take advantage of resources
New protective metamaterial takes hit, bounces right back

New protective metamaterial takes hit, bounces right back

Mechanical engineers at UCLA and China’s Tsinghua University have opened a new path toward reusable energy-absorbing materials – ones designed to take an impact, then bounce back to their original shape and strength. The study was published in Advanced Functional Materials.

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