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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is a broad field that involves designing things that move to help solve the world’s problems. Mechanical engineers work in numerous industries including energy, aeronautics, biomechanical/healthcare, automotive and more.

Our region's history of innovation, design, aerospace and manufacturing make the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering an ideal place for you to develop skills and a career in mechanical, aerospace or renewable and clean energy engineering.

We provide a dynamic atmosphere for learning, growing and developing accomplished engineers, scholars and professionals. Our strengths — aerospace, energy, mechanical systems, controls, biomechanics, materials and mechanics — will become your strengths.

Two students looking at a small plane propeller.

World-Class Educators

Our faculty are experts in numerous areas:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Gas turbine combustion
  • Hydrocarbon fuel
  • Biomechanical analysis
  • Kinematic sensors
  • Energy systems
  • Biologically derived nanostructures
  • Environmentally conscious design
  • Non-isothermal deformation processes


  • Polymers and polymeric composites
  • Compliant mechanism design
  • Sound and vibration control
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Electromechanics
  • Biofuels
  • Carbon sequestration

Choose Your Career Path

Our graduates find excellent employment in design, testing, manufacturing and research in areas such as acoustics, aircraft design, biomedical engineering, construction, environmentally conscious design, environmental engineering, ergonomics, building and industrial energy systems, industrial marketing, manufacturing automation, ocean technology, power generation, renewable energy systems, space technology, structural analysis and design, textiles and food processing, toys and transportation.


Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Jamie Ervin, Department Chair

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0238