Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
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Program Rankings and Faculty Excellence

Program Rankings

Our undergraduate program is rated 4th in the nation by the Princeton Review's Gourman Report on Undergraduate Programs. During the 2014-2015 school year, the department enrolled 327 new students and awarded 60 undergraduate degrees. Our undergraduates are sought by industry and study at the top graduate programs.

Our graduate program was rated 4th in the nation in the 2010 National Research Council (NRC) Assessment of Doctoral Research Programs. In the U.S. News 2016 rankings of Aerospace Engineering Graduate Programs, our program tied for 16th place in the nation. We have strong research programs in fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and the mechanics of materials, and aerospace systems.

The department was ranked highly on the 2007 Faculty Scholarship Productivity index from The Chronicle of Higher Education. The index placed AEM at #1 for <20 faculty, #2 for percentage of faculty with journal publication cited by another work, #5 overall for public universities and #10 for all institutions.

Among public research universities, the University of Minnesota was ranked 8th in a 2015 survey of annual research expenditures from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Faculty Excellence

Our faculty is outstanding and many are internationally renowned. We have a former Regent's Professor (this is the highest faculty rank at the University and no more than 20 University of Minnesota faculty members may hold this rank). We have one College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor, four McKnight Distinguished Professors, and eight of our junior faculty members have been named as McKnight Land-Grant Professors (mini-academic chairs for junior faculty). We also have one Packard Faculty Fellow and four NSF Career Awards.

External support for research and other activities per faculty member is one of the highest in the College of Science and Engineering. AEM's strong, far-reaching funding base is testimony to the interest our research activities draw from around the world -- and to the Department's considerable achievement in conducting high level, meaningful research. Major funding (greater than one million dollars) in the Department includes research programs in Nanometer to Millimeter Scale Aircraft (Air Force Office of Scientific Research), and Analysis of Turbulent Flows (National Science Foundation). In addition, we have many more smaller grants and contracts and every faculty member in the Department has external funding. We also have a NASA funded Minnesota Space Grant Consortium which supports educational and outreach activities in aerospace sciences and engineering from grades K through graduate school.

Our faculty members not only do research, but also teach. We teach some of the highest number of student credit hours per faculty member of any of the engineering departments and student evaluations of our courses are consistently very high.

Last Modified: 2016-04-27 at 12:00:05 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation