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Facilities and Services

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
For the 2017 - 2018 Academic Year
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A. Library

The University Library system consists of a number of libraries. Circulation policies and operating hours are available at each of the libraries. Students should make themselves aware of the resources the libraries provide and become more familiar with them by visiting the University library web site:

B. Computing Facilities

The Office of Information Technologies (OIT) oversees an extensive variety of computers, workstation clusters, and personal computer facilities throughout campus. Many are open year-round, twenty-four hours a day. The University is fully networked and has a wide range of software and printing services available for the use of all students. For a complete current listing of University facilities, which change often, students should visit their web page located at: In addition, Engineering and Science Computing is ready to assist students with computing and technology issues. Consult their website for additional information.

The department maintains a number of computers and printers for research, data acquisition, and report preparation. Please see you advisor to determine what resources will be available for you use.

C. Laboratory Facilities

A variety of research and instructional laboratories exist in the department. These are located primarily on the third floor of Fitzpatrick Hall and Cushing Hall, throughout the lower levels of Fitzpatrick Hall, in the Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research, White Field Laboratory and in the College of Engineering Multidisciplinary Research Building (MRB).

D. Office Facilities

All full-time graduate students have twenty-four hour access to personal office space in Cushing Hall, Fitzpatrick Hall, the Hessert Laboratory, MRB or White Field. Offices are typically shared with other students. Most are air-conditioned and have phones for local calls. Each student will also have a mailbox located in or near the main administrative office in the building to which you have been assigned. Students are encouraged to use their office as a base for carrying out day-to-day academic activities. Students are expected to maintain professional office environments. If this is not the case, based upon the decision of the Department Chair, a student may lose the opportunity to have an on-campus office.

E. Copying Facilities

There are a number of copying facilities on campus, with services available at a charge. Many small machines are located in Hesburgh Library and each branch library. The Departmental copy machines are located in each of the Department buildings and policies associated with the use of the copy machines are established in each facility.

F. Student Government Service

Graduate students are responsible for the activities of the Graduate Student Union(GSU). Through a council of elected officers, appointed officers, and representatives from the departments of its constituent colleges, the GSU provides a variety of services and represents its membership on various University councils and committees. It publishes the bimonthly GSU newsletter,conducts a graduate orientation program, and sponsors workshops, travel grants, and various social and cultural activities. The GSU is the graduate students' official liaison with University administration, the Office of Student Activities, and the Library Administration. The GSU finances operations through a yearly fee assessed on all graduate students. The GSU maintains offices in 219 LaFortune Student Center, 631-6963; their website URL is:

G. AME Graduate Student Department Organization (GSDO)

The AME Graduate Student Department Organization (GSDO) encompasses all graduate students in the AME Department. The mission of the AME GSDO is to organize and facilitate social events for AME graduate students, provide a forum for the expression of AME graduate student opinions and concerns, as well as aiding in the orientation of new incoming students. All graduate students in the AME department are automatically members of the AME GSDO.

H. Health, Counseling, Career and Placement, International, and Religious Services

There are many additional services available to graduate students. Most are described in detail in the Bulletin of Information or on the web at:

University Health Services (, located in Saint Liam Hall (Building 1035), 631-7497, provides immediate, follow-up, and ongoing health care. The services provided include outpatient clinics, dispensing medication, administering allergy injections, laboratory and x-ray facilities, and a twenty-five-bed inpatient unit. Health insurance is required of all international and full-time students. The University offers a plan for all students. The student's spouse and children have the option of purchasing health insurance through this plan. More information can be obtained by calling 631-7497. The University Counseling Center, located within the University Health Center (, 631-7336, offers professional services to all graduate students and their families.

The University’s Graduate Career Services, 502 Main Building, provides assistance with post-graduate placement and professional development through online services and the guidance of graduate career consultants. (See Section II. Basic Responsibilities, page 4, for additional information.)

The University supports International Student and Scholars Affairs (ISSA-, 105 Main Building, 631-1138, which aids in immigration matters, serves as a liaison with sponsoring agencies and governments, and promotes interaction within the University. The Student Activities Office (SAO-, 315 LaFortune Hall, maintains a list of clubs for interested students.

The University has several excellent athletic facilities, most of which are available free of charge.

Campus Ministry, 114 Coleman-Morse Center (, 631-7800, offers many programs to serve students' spiritual needs. In keeping with the character of the University, most programs are oriented with the Catholic faith; students of other religious traditions are welcome to participate in any of the programs.

I. Graduate Student Life

A unit within the Division of Student Affairs and in cooperation with the Graduate School, Graduate Student life ( is committed to enhancing the educational experience and quality of life for Notre Dame students pursuing advanced degrees. The Graduate Student Life website contains reference links for special events and programs, family resources, and information regarding campus life in general. A helpful Q&A weblog to answer your questions is also featured