Jul 19, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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Olin Hall of Engineering
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Email: ame@usc.edu

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Chair: Paul Ronney, PhD


Choong Hoon Cho Chair in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering: Michael Kassner, PhD

Arthur B. Freeman Professorship in Engineering: Andrea Hodge, PhD

Hughes Professorship: Assad Oberai, PhD

Smith International Professor of Mechanical Engineering: Satyandra K. Gupta, PhD

William E. Leonhard Professor of Engineering: Fokion Egolfopoulos, PhD

Zohrab A. Kaprielian Fellow in Engineering: Eva Kanso, PhD

WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professors: Ananya Renuka Balakrishna, PhD; Alejandra Uranga, PhD

Professors: Julian Domaradzki, PhD**; Fokion Egolfopoulos, PhD*; Henryk Flashner, PhD; Satyandra K. Gupta, PhD; Yan Jin, PhD; Eva Kanso, PhD; Paul K. Newton, PhD; Assad Oberai, PhD; Carlos Pantano-Rubino, 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: Mitul Luhar, PhD; Geoffrey R. Shiflett, PhD*

Assistant Professors: Ivan Bermejo-Moreno, PhD; Quan Nguyen, PhD; Niema Pahlevan, PhD; Paul Plucinsky, PhD; Ananya Renuka Balakrishna, PhD; Alejandra Uranga, PhD; Hangbo Zhao, PhD

Professor of Engineering Practice: M. Oussama Safadi, PhD*

Associate Professors of Engineering Practice: Charles Radovich, PhD; Yann Staelens, PhD

Senior Lecturers: Inna Abramova, PhD; Matthew Gilpin, PhD; Takahiro Sakai, PhD

Lecturers: BoCheng Jin, PhD; Akshay Potnuru, PhD; Ramtin Sheikhhassani, PhD 

Research Assistant Professor: Anita Penkova, PhD

Joint Appointments: Andrea Martin Armani, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Material Science); Yong Chen, PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering); Heather Culbertson, PhD (Computer Science); Daniel Erwin, PhD* (Astronautics); Roger Georges Ghanem, PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering); Mike Gruntman, PhD (Astronautics); Andrea Hodge, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); Petros Ioannou, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering — Systems); Mihailo Jovanovic, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Michael Kassner, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); Berok Khoshnevis, PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering); Peter Kuhn, PhD (Biological Sciences); Stephen C-Y Lu, PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering); Sami F. Masri, PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering); Steven Nutt, PhD (Materials Science); Feifei Qian, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Constantinos Sioutas, PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering); Francisco Valero-Cuevas, PhD (Biomedical Engineering); Qiming Wang, PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Adjunct Associate Professor: Adam Fincham, PhD

Emeritus Professors: Ron Blackwelder, PhD*; Fred Browand, PhD; Charles Campbell, PhD; Clarke Howatt, MS; Terence Langdon, PhD; Larry G. Redekopp, PhD*; 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

Degrees and Requirements

Educational Mission — 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.

Aerospace Engineering Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering: 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.


Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering: The program(s) leading to a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering prepare the student to practice engineering at an advanced level in a specialization within aerospace engineering and to recognize the benefit of solving problems using expertise from other engineering disciplines. Students improve their skills in setting up and solving problems by using contemporary tools and leveraging interaction with peers.


PhD in Aerospace Engineering: See Aerospace Engineering (PhD)  

Mechanical Engineering Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering: The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering that includes several tracks allowing for a certain amount of specialization. In addition to several tracks, petroleum engineering exists as an area of emphasis within the overall mechanical engineering program (note: an area of emphasis appears in parenthesis after the primary major name on the transcript; tracks do not appear on the transcript; neither tracks nor emphases appear on the diploma). 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.

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: The field of mechanical engineering is incredibly broad. To accommodate both the breadth of the field and students’ interests, the department offers several options for students pursuing the MS in Mechanical Engineering. These options include several tracks through the general MS program as well as several named emphases. Tracks, both topical and traditional, through the general MS in Mechanical Engineering program are intended to guide students through a particular area of specialization.

Advanced manufacturing is one example of a topical specialization. The use of Advanced Manufacturing is key to increasing the competitiveness of manufacturing in the US. The Advanced Manufacturing Track within Mechanical Engineering educates and trains multidisciplinary professionals to pursue careers in manufacturing companies as designers, manufacturing engineers, and engineering managers. This program covers modeling of physical manufacturing processes, development and utilization of computational tools, and modeling and optimization of manufacturing systems. It includes recent developments in manufacturing such as collaborative robotics, additive manufacturing, smart manufacturing, and Industry 4.0. This degree provides the graduate student with a broad, well-rounded, advanced education that can be applied to many different industries in which advanced manufacturing plays a role. For more information about the Advanced Manufacturing track within the MS in Mechanical Engineering program, please contact the faculty adviser for this track, Prof. S.K. Gupta (guptask@usc.edu).

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Energy Conversion): See Sustainable Infrastructure Systems Program .

Master of Science in Product Development Engineering (Technology Track): See the listing under Product Development Engineering .

PhD in Mechanical Engineering See Mechanical Engineering (PhD)  


Bachelor’s Degree

Master’s Degree

Doctoral Degree


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