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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.

    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 undergraduate, master's degree program, and PhD program subtabs.

    Click here for information about our aerospace engineering minor.

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    The Bachelor of Science degree program in mechanical engineering at South Dakota Mines is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Mechanical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.