2018-2019 Catalog 
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2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Osborne Center for Science & Engineering, Room A-437
Phone: (719) 255-3243
Fax: (719) 255-3042
email: mae@uccs.edu 


  • Professors: Andrew Ketsdever, Michael Larson (El Pomar Chair of Engineering & Innovation), and James Stevens
  • Professor Emeritus: David Schmidt
  • Associate Professors: Peter Gorder (Chair), Leal Lauderbaugh, and Steven Tragesser
  • Assistant Professors: Todd L. Bredbenner, Michael Calvisi, Jena McCollum, Brandon Runnels, and Cindy Wang
  • Senior Instructor: Julie Albertson
  • Instructors: John Adams, Tom Amundson, Jeff McGuirk, and Benjamin Wilcox

Programs Coordinated by the Department

Minor in Mechanical Engineering  
Minor in Aerospace Engineering 
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering 
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering 
Concurrent Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering  
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering  

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Study

Mechanical Engineering is a core discipline, encompassing mechanics, materials science, thermal science, dynamics and controls, design, and manufacturing. Career opportunities are open to mechanical engineers in industry, government, and universities, as well as in other professions including business, law, and medicine. Mechanical engineers are employed in a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, chemical, computing, electronics, industrial machinery, manufacturing, mining, oceanography, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, power, printing, publishing, and textiles. Mechanical engineers usually engage in research, development, design, testing, manufacturing, operations and maintenance, marketing and sales, and administration.

The undergraduate curriculum in mechanical engineering incorporates mathematics, physics and chemistry; humanities/ social sciences; business; engineering science; electrical theory; measurement science; mechanical engineering core courses (computer-aided drafting, dynamics and controls, solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, materials science, and heat and mass transfer); and selected technical elective courses. These electives are designed to meet the needs of the industrial, commercial, governmental, and military communities, and to serve students’ professional objectives.

Undergraduate students can participate in internship and cooperative educational programs with a variety of high-tech companies along the Front Range.

Undergraduate students also have many opportunities to become involved in discipline-related activities outside the classroom. The MAE Department has active chapters in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Further, currently enrolled undergraduate students with exceptional academic records may obtain guaranteed early enrollment in mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate programs.

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