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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

College of Engineering

College of Engineering Building

Department Chair: Hamid Hefazi

Department Office: Engineering & Computer Sciences Building (ECS) - 635
Telephone: (562) 985-1563
Website: Mechanical Engineering

Faculty: Eric G. Besnard, Hsun Hu Chen, Hsin-Piao Chen, Mihir K. Das, Ramin Esfandiari, Karl-Heinrich Grote, Hamid Hefazi, Min-Ten Jahn, Bei Lu, Panadda MaragongOrtwin Ohtmer, Leonardo Pérez y Pérez, Hamid R. Rahai, Thomas Robinson (Emeritus), Reza Toossi, Jalal Torabzadeh, Hung V. Vu, Parviz Yavari, Hsien-Yang Yeh

Undergraduate Advisors: Jalal Torabzadeh (ME Program Coordinator), Hsun Hu Chen (AE), Parviz Yavari (ET)

General Education Advising: Horn Center, Room 103 (HC-103)

Graduate Advisors: Hamid Rahai (ME), Hsin-Piao Chen (AE)

Administrative Support Coordinator: Leanne Hayes

Students desiring detailed information should contact the department for referral to one of the faculty advisors.

Career Possibilities

Mechanical Engineer • Aerospace Engineer • Facilities Engineer • Manufacturing Engineer • Design Engineer • Sales Engineer • Plant Engineer • Safety Engineer • Tool Engineer • Project Engineer • Utilization/Test Engineer • Automotive Engineer • Production Engineer • Manufacturing Engineer • Standards Engineer • Industrial Engineer • Factory Plant Layout Engineer • Material Schedule • Tool Planner • Safety Engineer • Product Safety Engineer • Production Planner • Statistician • Staff Assistant Specification Writer • Tooling Quality Assurance Worker • Quality Planning Analyst • Process Engineering • Estimator • Manufacturing Engineering • Quality Engineer • Supervisor Vendor Quality • Production Engineer • Material Schedule • Quality Control Technician • Configuration Analyst • Quality Manager • Production Manager • Industrial Engineering • Production Safety Engineer • Safety Engineer • Metrologist • Liaison Worker • Methods and Time-Study Engineer • Traffic Control Engineer • Technical Sales Representative • Process Engineer • Estimator • Associate Engineer • Field Engineer (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see CSULB Careers Website.)


The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202 - telephone (410) 347-7700; website:

The Culture of Continuous Improvement

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering continuously seeks input from its students, alumni, employers, community, and industry leaders in order to improve its programs and ensure that students receive the best possible education and training. It is supported by a professional Advisory and Development Council (ADC). The council is comprised of outstanding engineers and executives from industry and government in Southern California. The role of the ADC is to form a liaison between the University and industry and to help the administration and faculty remain informed of modern engineering practices.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at CSULB

The mission of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is to fulfill the needs of students, of industry and government, and of the local, national, and global community in the area of mechanical and aerospace systems engineering education and research.

The mission is implemented through the following objectives:

  • 1. Provide undergraduate students with a comprehensive education for successful careers in mechanical or aerospace engineering.
  • 2. Provide graduate students with an advanced engineering education for the enhancement of their careers and access to doctoral studies.
  • 3. Provide an environment for students and faculty to engage in creative thinking and research in the areas of mechanical and aerospace engineering.
  • 4. Promote mechanical and aerospace sciences and engineering at the University and the broader community.

To achieve this mission, the department offers the following programs:


• Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE);
• Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME);
• Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) with options in Materials Engineering or Industrial Management Engineering;
• Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology.


• Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (MSAE);
• Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME);
• Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) with an emphasis in Management Engineering;
• Ph.D. in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics (offered jointly with Claremont Graduate University).

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

• Certificate in Aerospace Manufacturing
• Certificate in Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC)
• Certificate in Industrial Plastics Processing and Design
• Certificate in Energy Conversion and Power Systems Engineering

Student Organizations

Students have the benefit of joining the student chapters of professional societies:

• AIAA (American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics)
• ASME (American Society for Mechanical Engineers)
• SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
• SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers)
• ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers)
• SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers)
• ASQ (American Society of Quality)
• Honor societies such as Tau Beta Pi

As student members of professional societies, students can attend local, regional, national, and international meetings and conferences, participate in student contests, become eligible for sponsored scholarships, interact with professionals from industry, and many other benefits.