MAE Graduate Education

Photo of graduate students

Graduate studies in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) lead to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering sciences, with a specialization in one of the following areas: aerospace engineering, applied mechanics, applied ocean sciences, computational science, engineering physics and mechanical engineering.

Beginning Fall 2011, we are pleased to offer a professional Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree in Medical Device Engineering. We are also co-collaborators on two other MAS degrees in Simulation-Based Engineering with the Structural Engineering Department and Architecture-Based Enterprise Systems Engineering with the Computer Science and Engineering Department.

The instructional and research programs in MAE are characterized by interdisciplinary relations with the Departments of Bioengineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry and with associated campus institutes such as the California Space Institute, Center for Magnetic Recording Research, Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials, Center for Molecular Genetics, Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD Center for Energy and Combustion Research, Fusion Energy Research Program, Institute for Nonlinear Science.

New Graduate Student Handbook 2014-2015

New Photo ID's

Incoming students can turn in an ID card photo using the Photo Tool App online at  This will avoid waiting in a long line at the beginning of the quarter.

Graduate Affairs Committee, 2014-2015

The Graduate Affairs Committee oversees that MAE department's admissions, degree requirements and course planning.  This year's members are:

Dr. Carlos Coimbra (Chair)
—Dr. Alison Marsden (Vice Chair)
—Dr. Renkun Chen
—Dr. Sonia Martinez
—Dr. Shengqiang Cai
—Dr. Daniel Tartakovsky
At the end of each academic year, MAE gives awards to the Outstanding Graduate Student and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant. This year's recipients are listed under the Awards tab. Previous year's recipients are listed below.

Recipients 2014 Faculty Advisor
Dean Richert Cortes
Mahdi Esmaily Moghadam Marsden
Recipients 2013  
Cameron Nowzari Cortes
On Shun Pak Lauga
Recipients 2012  
Justin Angus Krasheninnikov
Nikos Bekiaris-Liberis Krstic
Recipients 2011  
Minghui Zhu Martinez
Bishak Gayen Sarkar
Recipients 2010  
Tammy Ma Beg
Nima Ghods Krstic


Rahul Kapadia
Maria Lopez
Pat McGuire
Katie Matusik
Oscar Rios
Jui-Hsien Want
On Shun Pak
Liane Matthes
Rahul Kapadia
Thomas Hong
Michael Gollner
Seungbum Jo