Jet engine blades in ND Turbomachinery Lab

Welcome to Graduate Studies in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

With more than 150 graduate students, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering is one of the largest and most successful graduate programs at Notre Dame.

Our faculty researchers bring in more than $20 million in external research grants each year to support groundbreaking research across five pillars:

Fluid Mechanics
Materials, Energy and Manufacturing
Robotics and Controls

As a graduate student pursuing our Ph.D. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, you’ll have many opportunities to work in and across these research areas, achieving great depth and breadth in your research.

Top-flight research opportunities and flexible advanced-level coursework allow you to pursue interests closely aligned with your career aspirations.

Ph.D. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Our primary graduate degree program, the Ph.D. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, welcomes applications from highly motivated students.

Working side-by-side with faculty (with a 5:1 graduate to student-faculty ratio), you’ll receive individual attention and guidance to prepare you for a careers in academia, government, or industry.

Recent graduates of our graduate program have been hired by companies such as Google, Intel, and Northrup-Grumman; joined federal labs like NASA’s Joint Propulsion Laboratory; and taken faculty and postdoctoral appointments at prestigious institutions.

The University of Notre Dame’s office of Graduate Student Life helps create a vibrant intellectual and social community for graduate students. Likewise, Graduate Career Services gives each graduate student individual attention to plot the best path to achieve your career aspirations.

The AME Graduate Organization (AMEGO) organizes social events, interacts with new and prospective graduate students, and provides a forum for the expression of AME student opinion to the University. All graduate students in the department are automatically members of AMEGO.

Learn more about the Graduate Student Experience in Engineering.


Prof. Ryan McClarren
Director of Graduate Studies
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

AME Graduate Studies Handbook