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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department Faculty

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), an accredited program, offers a four-year program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). Graduate degrees offered are the Master of Science and the Master of Engineering in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The department also offers a Master of Engineering program with emphasis in design and manufacturing.

The MAE Department houses modern and well-equipped laboratories dedicated to undergraduate, graduate and research programs. The mission of the department is to offer quality undergraduate and graduate education designed to prepare students to challenges faced in their entire professional and academic career.

  1. Strong emphasis on quality of undergraduate education

  2. Nationally-recognized faculty teach most courses

  3. Additional faculty-student contact through advising and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels

  4. Special opportunities to work on projects sponsored by industry, and competitions sponsored by national engineering organizations

  5. Well-established cooperative education and internship programs allow students to work in industry while attending school

  6. Opportunity to work on funded research projects with faculty

  7. Integrated five year BS/MS program


Quick Profile

Degree Programs

  • Mechanical Engineering - BS, ME, MS, Ph.D., D.Eng
  • Aerospace Engineering - Minor, ME, MS, Ph.D., D.Eng

Other Degree Concentrations

  • Design Manufacturing - ME
  • Experimental Methods - ME
  • Motorsports Engineering - Minor


Concentration Areas



  • BioMechanics
  • BioMicroFluidics
  • Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE)
  • Design
  • Experimental Mechanics
  • Composite Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Manufacturing and Automation
  • Material Science
  • Micro-Devices and Micromechanics
  • Motor Sports
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Thermo-Fluids
  • Thermal Engineering and Energy Conversion
  • Smart Systems and Structures
  • Space Systems


MAE Videos


Monarchs Reign at Old Dominion University

We are Monarchs—but we do not consider ourselves to be rulers without equal. Our sovereignty has always been claimed through the diversity of thought that marches through our community. We are first-generation students, fourth-generation veterans and the next generation of risk-taking entrepreneurs who will invent our own tables instead of waiting for a seat at another's. Let's build our dominion of possibility with shared purpose and resilience. There's a palpable energy that is created by every interaction that yields even greater results than we can accomplish individually. Because nothing's more valuable than the history we make together. Reign on.


Biologically Inspired Robotics

ODU's Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering professor, Krishnanand N. Kaipa, Ph.D., talks about the Biologically Inspired Robotics course where students borrow inspiration from animals to design adaptive robots.



MAE Students Place 3rd in International SAE Aero Design Competition

ODU Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering students placed third among roughly 40 teams in an international SAE Aero Design competition.


ODU Military: Meet Brian

Brian enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 18. Today, he is a Mechanical Engineering student at Old Dominion University. Brian participates in the Stern2STEM program at ODU, which helps Veterans successfully complete degrees in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce. Brian chose ODU because of its strong engineering program and its reputation for being a military friendly university.



Cold Plasma Technology Meets Mechanobiology in the Fight Against Cancer

Working Across Departments to Find Medical Breakthroughs - In the world of biomedical research, collaboration is key. When that research is combined with educating the next generation of scientist and engineers, such collaboration is even more important.


ODU & NASA

An engineering research team from Old Dominion University participated in the successful launch of a suborbital sounding rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern shore.



Cardboard Boat Regatta 2017

Nearly 100 students, professors, friends and family gathered at the ODU pool to cheer on the teams in the annual ODU Engineering Cardboard Boat Regatta. The event is not only an exciting way for students to apply what they learn in class in, but it teaches students how to collaborate, design and build according to a set of requirements, much like in industry.


ODU Motorsports showcases Formula and Baja SAE cars for National Engineers Week

ODU Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering students provided Formula and Baja SAE demonstrations as part of ODU's celebration of National Engineers Week.