About Our Department

Clarkson University is the mechanical engineering school or aeronautical engineering school of choice for many students interested in mechanical engineering or aeronautics engineering.
Mechanical and aeronautical student, Hebron Yam, and Professor Ken Visser take apart a mobile ducted wind turbine. Sharing ideas to reuse materials in building a DWT prototype.

At Clarkson, mechanical and aeronautical engineering is more than just a discipline, it's an experience. It is something you do, feel and see. We are constantly doing research into new and different ways for the world to work and you have the opportunity to be on the ground floor of that research.

Our department is one of the largest departments at Clarkson. We participate in K-12 outreach, such as the Clarkson chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics which conducts a Micro RC Fly-in for local high school students to general dynamics of flight and basic fundamental aerodynamics in order to get them interested in aeronautical engineering.








Did you know that we have one of only three small, wind blade-test facilities in the nation?

Or that the U.S. luge team tested sled aerodynamics in our wind tunnel?

We have a number of facilities at Clarkson. Below are just some examples:

Department Spotlight

Robotics Montreal

Clarkson University sponsored FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 229 attended the Montreal “Festival De Robotique” regional competition from February 28th through March 2nd at Olympic Stadium.Read More.



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Clarkson Professor Dr. Pat Piperni, Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aeronautical engineering at Clarkson University receives grant for collaborative project with the University of Wyoming. Read More.

SPEED Team 2019

The Clarkson Construction SPEED Team Takes Second in National Competition. In placing second, Clarkson’s team beat two teams from UC-Berkley, and other teams from such diverse institutions as Auburn University, UC-Denver, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Oklahoma, University of Southern California, and Colorado State. Read More.


5 year average total
Undergraduate Placement
Grad School
$60K Starting Salary
Five year average for those studying
Mechanical or Aeronautical Engineering
Top Employers
Borg Warner
Fiat Chrysler
Ford Motor Company
GE Oil & Gas
General Dynamics Electric Boat
Lockheed Martin
Pratt & Whitney
Proctor & Gamble
Raytheon Corp.
U.S. Dept. of Energy
Xerox Corporation
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Faculty have practical industry & theoretical experience.
Stretch Boundaries
From Day 1 build diverse skills across disciplines.
Connect with Alums
Networking, mentoring & access to their real-world projects.
Multiple Advising Options
Advisors who share your purpose & help you get to the finish line.
Defy Convention
Find ways to go beyond the status quo to make the world better.
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Clarkson University's undergraduate engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology and one of the most respected accreditation organizations in the United States. Learn More


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