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Chair: Geoffrey R. Spedding, PhD*
William E. Leonhard Professor of Engineering: Fokion Egolfopoulos, PhD
Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Engineering Technology: Roger Ghanem, PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Smith International Professor of Mechanical Engineering: Satyandra K. Gupta, PhD
Arthur B. Freeman Professorship in Engineering: Andrea Hodge, PhD
Zohrab A. Kaprielian Fellow in Engineering: Eva Kanso, PhD
Choong Hoon Cho Chair in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering: Michael Kassner, PhD
WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor: Alejandra Uranga, PhD
Professors: Charles Campbell, PhD; Julian Domaradzki, PhD**; Fokion Egolfopoulos, PhD*; Henryk Flashner, PhD; Roger Ghanem, PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering); Satyandra K. Gupta, PhD; Yan Jin, PhD; Paul K. Newton, PhD; Larry G. Redekopp, PhD*; Paul Ronney, PhD; Satwindar S. Sadhal, PhD; Geoffrey Spedding, PhD*; Firdaus E. Udwadia, PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Data Science and Operations, Systems Architecting and Engineering and Mathematics); Bingen Yang, PhD
Associate Professors: Eva Kanso, PhD; Geoffrey R. Shiflett, PhD*
Assistant Professors: Ivan Bermejo-Moreno, PhD; Veronica Eliasson, PhD; Mitul Luhar, PhD; Nestor Perez-Arancibia, PhD; Alejandra Uranga, PhD
Professor of Engineering Practice: M. Oussama Safadi, PhD*
Senior Lecturers: Charles Radovich, PhD; Takahiro Sakai, PhD; Yann Staelens, PhD
Lecturers: Inna Abramova, PhD; Wilson Chan, PhD; Matthew Gilpin, PhD; Ang Liu, PhD
Research Associate Professor: Adam Fincham, PhD
Research Associate: Anita Penkova, PhD
Joint Appointments: Yong Chen, PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering); Daniel Erwin, PhD* (Astronautics); Mike Gruntman, PhD (Astronautics); Andrea Hodge, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); Petros Ioannou, PhD (Electrical Engineering — Systems); Michael Kassner, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); Berok Khoshnevis, PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering); Peter Kuhn, PhD (Biological Sciences); Joseph Kunc, PhD (Astronautics, Physics); Stephen C-Y Lu, PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering); Sami F. Masri, PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering); Steven Nutt, PhD (Materials Science); Constantinos Sioutas, PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering); Francisco Valero-Cuevas, PhD (Biomedical Engineering)
Emeritus Professors: Ron Blackwelder, PhD*; Fred Browand, PhD; Clarke Howatt, MS; S. Lampert, PhD; Terence Langdon, PhD; Robert Mannes, MS, PE*; Donald E. Shemansky, PhD
*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.
**Recipient of university-wide or school research award.
Mechanical Engineering Honor Society: Pi Tau Sigma
Aerospace Engineering Honor Society: Sigma Gamma Tau
The degree programs of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering provide the educational foundation for success in all walks of life whether or not one's career path includes employment as a professional engineer, work in a field outside of engineering, or pursuit of further education.
Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives
Graduates of the undergraduate programs in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering are expected to attain the following objectives within a few years after graduation:
- Work as professionals within engineering or a related area in both small- and large-scale businesses;
- Pursue further education through graduate school or professional development courses; and
- Become leaders within their chosen profession whether it be industry, academia or service.
Undergraduate Program Criteria
The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering prepares graduates to have a knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, and stability and control. The program also prepares graduates to have design competence that includes integration of aeronautical topics.
The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering requires students to apply principles of engineering, basic science and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations); to model, analyze, design and realize physical systems, components or processes; and prepares students to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas.
Aerospace Engineering Degrees
Master of Science in Product Development Engineering
See the listing under Product Development Engineering .
Master of Science in Systems Architecting and Engineering
See the listing under Systems Architecting and Engineering Program .
Engineer in Aerospace Engineering
Requirements for the Engineer in Aerospace Engineering are the same as the general requirements. Also, 3 to 6 of the units required for the degree must be AME 690 . Prior approval must be obtained from the qualifying exam committee before registration in AME 690 .
Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering
The Doctor of Philosophy with a major in aerospace engineering is also offered. See general requirements for graduate degrees.
Mechanical Engineering Degrees
The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, petroleum engineering exists as an emphasis within the mechanical engineering program. An area of emphasis appears in parenthesis after the primary major name on the transcript.
Minor in Music Recording
A minor in music recording is offered through the USC Thornton School of Music to provide undergraduate students with the background necessary to enter the field of recording engineering and to familiarize them with the design needs of modern recording equipment. The minor is recommended to mechanical engineering majors with extensive musical training who would like to combine their technical and musical abilities while learning the engineering applications of physical and mathematical principles to the art of music recording. See the listing under the USC Thornton School of Music .
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Energy Conversion)
See Sustainable Infrastructure Systems Program .
Master of Science in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics)
Engineer in Mechanical Engineering
Requirements for the Engineer in Mechanical Engineering degree are the same as set forth in the general requirements. Six of the units required for the degree must be AME 690 . Prior approval must be obtained from the committee before registration in AME 690 .
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering
The Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering is also offered. See general requirements for graduate degrees.
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering