The mission of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is:

  • To educate students to become professional mechanical and aerospace engineers who are confident in their understanding of science and technology, who are creative in the face of new challenges, and whose analytical skill and thirst for lifelong learning will open new career horizons.
  • To contribute to society through the conduct of relevant research at the forefront of mechanical and aerospace engineering knowledge and to provide opportunities for students to participate and learn through mentorship with the faculty.
  • To serve the nation, the community, and the university.

Program Educational Objectives

GW's undergraduate mechanical engineering program provides an integrated curriculum aimed at producing graduates who develop successful careers in mechanical engineering practice or in science and technology. Graduates are expected to accomplish the following within a few years after graduation:

  • Complete mechanical engineering projects of increasing complexity and gain advancement in responsibility while pursuing careers as mechanical engineers in industry or government; and/or
  • Obtain advanced degree(s), and/or publish, patent, copyright, or market the results of research and development, or pursue other creative efforts in engineering, science and technology; and/or
  • Build upon engineering knowledge and skills to successfully pursue careers in other profession, such as law, medicine, business, education, or public policy; and
  • Hold leadership roles in their profession; and
  • Provide service to society and the professional community such as mentoring, reviewing/editorship, outreach, organizing professional meetings/events, promoting engineering careers, etc.

Student Outcomes

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
    • Knowledge of chemistry and calculus-based physics with depth in at least one
    • Knowledge of advanced mathematics through multivariate calculus and differential equations; familiarity with statistics and linear algebra
    • Knowledge of thermal, fluid, and mechanical systems areas
    • Familiarity with materials science, electrical circuits and electromechanical control theory
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a mechanical engineering system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
    • The ability to write technical reports in a professional manner
    • The ability to effectively communicate both orally and graphically
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
    • The ability to use computer systems, and a knowledge of computer programming
    • The ability to apply computer software used in engineering practice, such as computer-aided engineering packages and mathematical software, to the solution of mechanical engineering problems
    • The ability to apply manufacturing techniques to realize mechanical engineering designs

Questions and comments about MAE mission and educational objectives should be directed to maeng@gwu.edu.

Mission of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)

The mission of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is located at http://www.seas.gwu.edu/mission.