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.

The Graduate Affairs Committee oversees that MAE department's admissions, degree requirements and course planning.

Graduate Affairs Committee, 2017-2018:

Dr. Javier Garay (Chair)
Dr. Stefan Llewellyn Smith (Vice Chair)
Dr. Renkun Chen 
Dr. Nicholas Gravish 
Dr. William McEneaney 
Dr. Padmini Rangamani 
Dr. Shengqiang Cai 

Graduate Affairs Committee, 2014-2015:

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



2014            2013            2012            2011           


Rahul Kapadia
Maria Lopez
Pat McGuire
  Katie Matsuik
Oscar Rios

On Shun Pak

Liane Matthes


Rahul Kapadia

Thomas Hong


Michael Gollner

Seungbum Jo