Prospective Undergraduate Students
What is MAE?
Welcome to UCLA’s Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department. The MAE department encompasses many disciplines, including:
- Design, Robotics, and Manufacturing
- Fluid Mechanics
- Micro-Nano Engineering
- Structural and Solid Mechanics
- Systems and Control
- Thermal Science and Engineering
Why MAE @ UCLA?
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.
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.
UCLA, often ranked as the 2nd best public university in the country, offers more than 3000 undergraduates courses in a large variety of fields including life and physical sciences, humanities, several disciplines of engineering, music, economics and hundreds of languages! UCLA students have won more NCAA championships than any other university, and the UCLA Education abroad program offers exchange programs with more than 30 countries. More than 5000 research projects occur at any given time with thousands of undergraduates participating. And if you need medical care, the UCLA medical center is ranked the best in the west!
Besides year-round warm weather, the ocean and nearby mountains and desert, Los Angeles has many first-class museums, restaurants, and a vibrant music scene. In addition, it is a very diverse city.
We have excellent contacts with local and national industry partners for you to obtain summer internships and jobs upon graduation. The Southern California region is home to many companies in space and aerospace engineering (SpaceX and Northrop Grumman for example), biotech (for example, Amgen), semiconductor (for example, Broadcom), telecomm (for example, Qualcomm), and a large number of startups. Actually, both Broadcom and Qualcomm started their trajectories as start-up founded by faculty from our own department. Even more, one area of LA is attracting so many startups, that it is now called Silicon Beach! Read these articles to find out more about the startup boom in LA!
Where do our alumni go to after graduation?
Our undergraduates are sought after and often secure jobs in the high tech, aerospace, and biotech industries. About 15-20 percent also pursue graduate degrees in engineering, law, business, or medicine.
More than 40 percent of MAE graduates continued on to graduate study.
These are some of the companies where individuals from the classes of 2017 and 2018 are working:
Ensign-Bickford Aerospace (2)
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
LG Electronics (2)
Lockheed Martin (4)
Northrop Grumman (17)
Solar Turbines (2)
US Navy (2)
These are some of the universities where individuals from the classes of 2017 and 2018 are attending or have completed graduate school:
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Carnegie Mellon University (2)
Georgia Tech (2)
National University of Singapore
San Jose State University (2)
Stanford University (7)
Texas A&M University
UC Berkeley (8)
UCLA (73) includes one MBA and one Law
University of Florida
University of Michigan (3)
University of Oregon Law School
University of Texas (2)