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Message from the Director of Graduate Studies

David Go, Director of Graduate Studies

Welcome to the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame! The mission of our graduate program is to provide a world-class doctoral or master’s education in the fields of aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, and bioengineering. Cutting-edge research opportunities and flexible advanced-level coursework allow each of our graduate students to pursue interests closely aligned with their career aspirations. With an average of 4 graduate students per faculty member, graduate students in our department receive individualized attention and guidance from their graduate advisors, which prepares them for careers in academia, government, and industry. Recent graduates have been hired by companies such as Google and Northrup-Grumman, joined federal labs like NASA’s Joint Propulsion Laboratory, and moved on to post-doctoral appointments at prestigious institutions including Harvard and Princeton.

The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering is one of the largest and most successful at the University of Notre Dame. With over 140 graduate students and 34 faculty, the Department brings in over $20M in external research grants each year to support our groundbreaking research across five pillars:

  • fluid mechanics and aerodynamics
  • bioengineering/biomedical engineering
  • robotics and controls
  • thermal and materials science and manufacturing
  • computational science

With many active multidisciplinary collaborations among our faculty, many of our graduate students have the opportunity to work both within and across pillars for both great depth and breadth in their research. A weekly seminar and our AME Graduate Organization (AMEGO) as well as multitudes of activities through our Graduate School and Graduate Student Life create a vibrate intellectual and social community for our graduate students. Our Graduate Career Services likewise gives every one of our graduate students individual attention to plot the best path to achieve their career aspirations. 

I invite you to learn more about our program, the application process, our Department, and our University by exploring the various webpages.  Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions about the program or application process or reach out to our Program Administrator Gail Small at for help with our online application process. I look forward to seeing you here at Notre Dame! 

David B. Go
Director of Graduate Studies
Rooney Family Collegiate Professor