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 things, such as goods, 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.

ME Labs and Resources for Undergrads and Grad Students

There are several undergraduate labs in the department, including mechanical systems and instrumentation, thermal and fluid systems, manufacturing, robotic systems, and vibrations. Labs are updated with personal computers, peripherals, and data acquisition equipment.

Graduate research labs and resources include advanced workstation computer facilities, equipment for modern digital controls, machine vision systems, image analysis equipment, structural testing and analysis equipment, compliant structures and computational solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer codes on the workstation facilities.

To learn more about each individual laboratory and research center the ME department has for undergraduate and graduates, look at the laboratories section on the research page.

Areas of Emphasis

Students should choose an emphasis in one of the three areas: thermal science, solid mechanics, and controls and robotics.

Your advisor will work with you to design your program of study around the area of emphasis you choose.

For forms related to program of study, dissertation of defense, and other relevant graduate education forms, click here.

Application Process

We encourage you to apply now. Please click here to begin the application process. 

Departmental scholarship opportunities are available each academic year. Incoming freshmen and transfer students new to the department are automatically considered for scholarships, and do not need to fill out an application for their first year. Current students are sent an email from the department secretary every mid-February with a blank application, and are encouraged to return it completed to be considered for scholarships during the following academic year. Students are always welcome to fill out an application and send it to Leslee Moore at anytime of the year, who will keep it on file until the next round of applications.

Please note that, to be considered for graduate assistantship funding, you must identify an emphasis on the graduate application. If this is done, you are automatically considered for funding opportunities and do not need to fill out additional paperwork. 

Funding opportunities, in the form of both teaching and research assistantships, are available for exceptional students. If you are selected for an assistantship, you will receive confirmation via email from department head Dr. Pierre Larochelle or Leslee Moore.