Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical engineers are experts in systems and products that involve any form of motion. We design products and systems that move people and goods, such as energy, water, heat, cold, rockets, robots, turbo pumps, microfluid sprays, and prosthetic limbs. We take that expertise and use it to solve problems to make the world a better place.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering's mission is to prepare our graduates for leadership roles in engineering by:


  • offering a quality education to foster a distinctive curriculum accentuating design and project-based learning;
  • committing to individual development, while emphasizing the values of teamwork in a culturally diverse and multidisciplinary environment; and
  • encouraging undergraduate and graduate research to nurture creative solutions to complex engineering problems.

The undergraduate mechanical engineering program offers a premier project-based engineering design curriculum and provides our graduates with a superior educational experience through teaching and learning, research and development, and service & social responsibility. 

Mechanical engineering (ME) is a very broad field that provides opportunities for interesting and challenging work in every phase of modern technology. The curriculum in the mechanical engineering department is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles of engineering and science within the major areas of mechanical engineering:


  • manufacturing
  • mechanical systems
  • thermal & fluid sciences and energy

Beyond this basic foundation, the curriculum also develops:


  • the various aspects of engineering design, including design theory and teamwork,
  • an effective integration of computer and software technologies,
  • communication and presentation skills, and
  • improved understanding of engineering theory through experiential project based learning experiences that are integrated throughout the curriculum.

In their senior year, students select four elective courses that best reflect their interests and career objectives. Students may select courses from one or more of the following general areas:

  • manufacturing (e.g., design, development, and manufacture of diverse products and equipment)
  • thermal & fluid sciences/energy (e.g., fuels & combustion and gas dynamics)
  • mechanical systems/design (e.g., robotics, controls, design of machines and systems) 

ME Degree Programs

The ME department offers three different degree programs: a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, and a doctor of philosophy degree. For more information on each individual degree program, click the undergraduates, master's degree program, and PhD program subtabs. 

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