Maria Chierichetti

Maria ChierichettiAssistant Professor

Office: Engr 272C


  • Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012
  • M.S in Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 2011
  • Laurea Specialistica (M.S) in Aeronautical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, 2007
  • Laurea (B.S) in Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico de Milano, 2004


Maria Chierichetti joined the department of Aerospace Engineering first as a lecturer in Spring 2019 and as a full-time assistant professor in Fall 2019. Her interests lie in the field of aerospace structural design and vibrations. 

Before joining SJSU, she worked as a faculty member at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and at the University of Cincinnati. She earned her PhD at Georgia Tech in 2012 under the guidance of Dr. Massimo Ruzzene, working on the monitoring and tracking of helicopter blade deformation. She earned a BS and MS from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 2004 and 2007 respectively, with majors in Aeronautical Engineering. During her MS, she participated in a study abroad program at TUDelft. She is an Amelia Earhart Fellow – Zonta International Foundation.

She is currently teaching the aerospace structure classes offered by the department, which are AE 112, AE 114, AE 250. Starting in Fall 2020, she’ll be teaching a new class on Aerospace Vibrations, AE 251.

Her research interests lie in the broad field of Aerospace Structural Design and Vibrations, with particular emphasis on:

  • Developing methodologies for combining finite element analysis and machine/deep learning for structural health monitoring
  • Unmanned Structural inspections in the context of urban air mobility 

She is also interested in novel teaching approaches to improve students’ understanding and success, with emphasis on

  • Incorporating outreach activities as part of curricular activities in aerospace structures introductory classes
  • Exploring competency-based teaching approaches in aerospace engineering
  • Supporting women and underrepresented students in STEM

Classes Taught

  • AE 112
  • AE 114
  • AE 250
  • AE 251