Message from Department Chair
Tim Fisher


Timothy Fisher

Welcome to UCLA’s Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department. On the following pages, you will find stories about how our faculty and students embody the attributes of innovation, rigor, and adaptability. We continue to lead our discipline in preparing students for a world in which relentless technological change has become a constant.

The MAE department encompasses many disciplines, including dynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, manufacturing and design, micro- and nano-engineering, structural and solid mechanics, and systems and control.

UCLA MAE students are among the very best in the world and raise the bar seemingly every year in terms of the credentials that they bring to our campus. Our preeminent faculty continually invent and stretch the boundaries of knowledge, stewarding a vibrant intellectual community that constantly seeks new solutions to emerging and persistent global challenges. The applications of mechanical and aerospace engineering are quite diverse, including aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles, energy and propulsion systems, robotics, machinery, manufacturing and materials processing, microelectronics, biological systems, and more.

More than ever before, engineering students must learn how to be nimble — technology virtuosos — while also mastering the deep quantitative knowledge that defines their fields. At UCLA MAE, our ‘robots to rockets’ curriculum seeks to strike an ideal balance of structured learning with creative, design-oriented opportunities. In both endeavors, our faculty and staff continually reassess how and what we teach, such as an increased recent emphasis on data fusion, machine learning, and sustainability. In all these endeavors, we strive to develop and maintain close, personalized interactions among students, faculty, and staff that persist beyond graduation into careers defined by lifelong learning and technological adaptation.

As a relative newcomer to Westwood, I regularly learn about yet-another ‘first’ that originated here. UCLA engineers have consistently led the nation and world in reimagining how technology can benefit society, and I invite you, through our website and social media platforms, to learn about these great Bruin innovations and others that are soon to define our ever-changing technological future.


Tim Fisher