Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at GW: The Possibilities

MAE Undergraduate

What can you do with a mechanical engineering degree from GW?

A few examples help demonstrate the range of choices open to our graduates. Whether you want to create control systems for robots, develop lifesaving medical devices, improve manufacturing processes, or design aircraft or satellites, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from GW can start you on the path. It also opens up options in law, business, medicine, and other fields.

To see some of these options, just look to examples of some of the research our faculty conduct:

  • The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is home to one of the nation’s leading fluid dynamics research programs. Fluid dynamics research impacts transportation, energy, medicine, weather prediction, and many other fields.
  • Professor Pinhas Ben-Tzvi is developing autonomous mobile robots that are capable of moving over irregular terrain and will not need to be operated remotely. This work has applications for search and rescue, reconnaissance, and other high-risk missions.
  • Professor Lijie Grace Zhang is working to understand how nanoscale and chemical environments control stem cell differentiation, which will be a significant step toward successfully using adult stem cells to treat human diseases.
  • Professor Michael Keidar is using plasmas to create new micro-propulsion devices called micro-vacuum arc thrusters, which provide small forces that can be used to correct or sustain satellites in their orbits. The primary benefit of this type of device is that it can operate for very long periods of time without any degradation of performance.