A Year in MAE

The past year in The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department was full of new beginnings, great achievements, and cutting edge research. We have many stories to share with you, and the world!


This year we gave the MAE Newsletter a new look and name. Included in this year’s MAETRIX is a recap of new department head, Dr. Srinath Ekkad’s, first year in MAE. You will also learn about many exciting things happening in the department including stories on groundbreaking research; and honors received by our students and staff.

  • MAE in the World: MAE researchers are driving improvements in a wide-range of diverse areas.
  • Program Updates: The latest news from the Undergraduate and Graduate programs.
  • Awards and Honors: Faculty members and students are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.
  • Alumni Corner: Brandi Smith (’02 BSME), Director of Quality Control at Newport News Shipbuilding, shares advice and the department recognizes 20 outstanding graduates as part of the 2018 Hall of Fame class.

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