The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma is one of seven schools within the Gallogly College of Engineering. Located in historic Felgar Hall, the first purpose-built engineering education building in Oklahoma, AME has a rich history at the university and has produced many outstanding alumni, including Apollo 13 astronaut Fred W. Haise, Jr.
AME offers a combination of excellent academics and practical engineering with experiential-learning opportunities and competition team experiences led by nationally and internationally acclaimed faculty.
Class projects often require hands-on engineering skills. AME has the largest machine shop in GCoE. It is staffed by two full-time employees and typically three or four part-time student employees. The machine shop caters to the needs of all Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering instructional labs and student projects in various courses.
Located on the first floor of Felgar Hall, the 2,800 sq. ft. AME machine shop has conventional as well as numerically-controlled machines. Major equipment includes two engine lathes, four milling machines, two drill presses, MIG and TIG welding equipment, wood-working equipment and several work- benches. Students who use the AME Shop graduate with a greater understanding of the design process, and their project completion times from computer model to product are shorter. Once they start a job, their time between training and becoming a productive engineer is less.
Winning Student Teams
AME is home to six student teams: Boomer Rocket Team, Crimson Skies Design/Build/Fly, Sooner Rover Team, Sooner Off-Road, Sooner Powered Vehicle and Sooner Racing Team. These nationally and internationally award-winning teams compete annually in engineering competitions. The teams are housed in the beautiful and state-of-the-art ExxonMobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility. Every team has a history of success and continues to build its program to both compete well and develop a knowledge base of real-world engineering and problem-solving experience for its diverse members. For contact information regarding the student teams, click here.
Students in the computer-aided design classroom learn to use the same engineering software used in industry. The AME curriculum offers courses in heat transfer, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, circuits and sensors, space systems, mission design and more. Students test experiments in our in-house wind tunnel.
Outstanding Faculty Members
AME is home to 25 full-time faculty members.
David Miller is one of the many acclaimed AME faculty members. Miller was the chief designer of the Mars rover used in NASA’s successful 1997 Pathfinder Mission. He is also the co-founder and chief technical officer of the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics.