Welcome - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The mission of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department is to provide defense-relevant, advanced education and research programs to meet Naval unique needs, and increase the warfighting effectiveness of the U.S. Naval Forces, DoD and allied armed forces.

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The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) provides a strong academic program, which spans the engineering disciplines of thermal-fluid sciences, structural mechanics, dynamic systems, guidance and control, autonomous vehicles, materials science and engineering, power and propulsion, and systems engineering, including total ship systems engineering and spacecraft design.
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering
  • DL Degree & Certificate Options

The Mechanical and Engineering Department has a world-class faculty. Please visit our Faculty page to learn more.

The Mechanical and Engineering Department is involved in a variety of research projects. The MAE Research Portfolio highlights many of these projects.  Visit our research centers:

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Upcoming Events

August 5, 2024 to August 9, 2024
JIFX 24-4
September 27, 2024
2024 Summer Graduation
September 29, 2024 to October 3, 2024
EUCOM International Symposium

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Mailing Address:
Watkins Hall, Building 245
700 Dyer Road
Monterey, CA, 93943

Admin: 831-656-3201
Program Office: 831-656-2033/2491


NPS MAE Chairman, Dr. Brian Bingham

Welcome to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department. I invite you to browse our web site and learn more about the exciting educational and research programs. We offer resident Master's and Doctoral degree programs in both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and we provide distance learning programs, to several customers. We also conduct basic and applied research in a broad range of discipline areas, including Power and Propulsion, Space Systems, Autonomous Vehicles and Control, Materials, and Computational Mechanics. Read more.

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Distinguished Alumni & Faculty

Admiral James Watkins, USN (Ret.)

"In 1954, I made the decision to stay in the Navy because I was accepted at the Naval Postgraduate School. Several times throughout my career, my NPS education was critical, in one case probably saving the ship during an operational emergency at sea. I heavily relied on my NPS engineering education both as CNO and as the Secretary of Energy. NPS has excellent programs in science and technology that will advance your career, contribute to the Navy, and enhance national security. The unique environment will provide you the opportunity to make a direct impact."
Admiral James Watkins, USN (Ret.), NPS Class of 1958, Mechanical Engineering

RDML Jason M. Lloyd

"In no other higher education facility will you get an education tailored to advancing engineering specifically associated with the needs of the Navy and Warfighter. I am beyond humbled to be a graduate of the Mechanical Engineering Program at NPS!"
RDML Jason M. Lloyd, NPS Alumnus

Rear Admiral Timothy V. Flynn III, USN

"I encourage all Naval Officers to obtain a technical graduate degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. I earned a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at NPS and have frequently drawn on the analytical thinking and technical problem-solving skills honed during the academic course work and under the mentorship of the world-class faculty. Unlike civilian graduate schools, NPS enables its students to focus their research on actual warfighter challenges that have a direct impact on our national security. The sub-specialty earned at NPS will enable the graduate to make an even greater contribution to our Navy and Nation in the future. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that my NPS education provided and most strongly recommend pursuing a technical master's degree at NPS during the first shore assignment."
Rear Admiral Timothy V. Flynn III, USN
NPS Class of 1993
Mechanical Engineering