As a combined department, The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics conducts research in a broad range of areas. Our research focuses on the three broad disciplines of aerospace engineering, engineering mechanics, and computational mechanics (computational mathematics and engineering). Our faculty work closely with their students to solve important technological and scientific problems related to aviation, space engineering and science, robotics, energy, biomechanics, and earth science.

Within the department, there are five research areas, which are cross-disciplinary and usually involve collaboration of faculty members and graduate students from several departments. Research is administered through research centers, such as the Center for Space Research, the Center for Aeromechanics, the Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures, Materials, and the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, and the Wireless Networking and Communications Group.