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USC Catalogue 2018-2019 
USC Catalogue 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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Chair: Julian Andrzej Domaradzki, 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 Professor: Alejandra Uranga, PhD

Professors: Charles Campbell, PhD; 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; 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 Professor: Geoffrey R. Shiflett, PhD*

Assistant Professors: Ivan Bermejo-Moreno, PhD; Mitul Luhar, PhD; Niema Pahlevan, 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; Matthew Gilpin, PhD; John McArthur, PhD

Research Associate Professor: Adam Fincham, PhD

Research Associate: Anita Penkova, PhD

Research Assistant Professor: Timotei Centea, 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); Mihailo Jovanovic, PhD (Electrical Engineering); 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); Qiming Wang, PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Emeritus Professors: Ron Blackwelder, PhD*; Fred Browand, PhD; Clarke Howatt, MS; S. Lampert, PhD; Terence Langdon, PhD; Robert Mannes, MS, PE*; 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

Degree 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.

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 .

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

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 an 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 advisor for this track: Prof. S.K. Gupta (

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Energy Conversion)

See Sustainable Infrastructure Systems Program .

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 .


Bachelor’s Degree

Master’s Degree

Doctoral Degree


Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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