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Mechanical Engineering

 

Endless Career Opportunities

 

Mechanical engineering is one of the most diverse branches of engineering, and it involves the design and analysis of machines, structures, and materials by applying the principles of physics and materials science. Mechanical engineers can do it all, from designing cars, airplanes, and robots, to developing renewable energy systems, medical devices, and stronger and lighter composite materials.

Air and fluid flow: Mechanical engineers apply the physics of gases and fluids to design devices like air conditioners, heating systems, respirators, engine cooling systems, aircraft, and spacecraft.

Biomechanics: The body is a mechanical system containing fluid flow and structural and dynamical components. Mechanical engineers are leaders in the field of biomechanics, which encompasses medical device design and the analysis and enhancement of human motion.

Composite materials: Composite structures have become the standard for wind-turbine blades, high-performance sporting goods and aerospace vehicles, and mechanical engineers are leading the development of more and better applications for these advanced materials.

Design: Engineering design makes extensive use of science but is concerned with creating new devices or processes that improve our quality of life—turning ideas into reality.

The environment: Mechanical engineering fundamentals are used to understand oceanic and atmospheric transport and transformation of pollutants and particle dynamics.

Manufacturing: Modern manufacturing employs machines (including 3D printers for additive manufacturing) that mechanical engineers design and build.

Robots: Machines that operate autonomously are used in industrial production, space exploration, robotic surgery, bomb disposal and even household cleaning. Self-driving cars are also examples of robots.

Smart materials and controls: Mechanical engineers exploit new engineering materials to develop novel sensors and actuators including artificial muscles, shape memory alloys, self-healing materials, thermoelectric and piezoelectric materials.

Areas of study

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials
  • Dynamics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Clean Energy and Environment
  • Composites and Advanced Materials
  • Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
  • Robotics and Control

What’s special about this program?

Students working on the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree have some flexibility in designing a curriculum to meet their needs and interests. For example, you may choose formal concentrations in aerospace engineering, automotive engineering or manufacturing systems, or a minor in biomechanical engineering, or you can create your own combination of technical electives with the help of your faculty advisor.

Active research ensures that the content of the undergraduate program is constantly renewed and maintained at a challenging technical level that integrates discovery learning into the program. Opportunities abound for mechanical engineering undergraduates to work with faculty and graduate students as research assistants, either for pay or independent study credit.

4+1 BME/MSME Program: Well-qualified Mechanical Engineering majors may apply to the 4+1 program which would culminate in the student earning a Bachelor's degree (BME) and a Master of Science degree (MSME) in Mechanical Engineering within five years.

Get involved

Alpha Omega Epsilon

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Deep Roots Outreach Program

Engineers Without Borders

National Society of Black Engineers

Sigma Phi Delta

Society for the Advancement of Materials and Processing Engineering

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Society of Automotive Engineers

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society of Women Engineers

Tau Beta Pi

Sample curriculum

EGGG101

 

Introduction to Engineering (FYE)

 

CHEM103

 

General Chemistry

 

CISC106

 

General Computer Science for Engineers

 

MATH241

 

Analytic Geometry & Calculus A

 

ENGL110

 

Seminar in Composition

 

MATH242 

 

Analytic Geometry & Calculus B

 

MEEG102

 

Computer-Aided Engineering Design

 

MEEG104

 

Analysis & Communication of Technical Information

 

PHYS207

 

Fundamentals of Physics I

 

MATH242

 

Analytic Geometry & Calculus B

 

 

Breadth Requirement Elective

 

MEEG210

 

Statics

 

MEEG241

 

Thermodynaimcs

 

MATH243

Analytic Geometry & Calculus C

 

MATH351

 

Engineering Mathematics I

 

PHYS245

 

Introduction to Electricity & Electronics

 

MEEG211

 

Dynamics

 

MEEG215

 

Mechanics of Solids

 

MEEG216

 

Solid Mechanics Lab

 

MSEG302

 

Materials Science for Engineers

 

MATH352

 

Engineering Mathematics II

 

MATH353

 

Engineering Mathematics III

 

MEEG301

Machine Design - Kinematics and Kinetics

 

MEEG304

Machine Design - Elements

 

MEEG311

Vibration and Control

 

MEEG312

Vibration and Control Lab

 

MEEG321

Materials Engineering

 

MEEG331

Fluid Mechanics I

 

MEEG332

Fluid Mechanics II

 

MEEG333

Fluid Mechanics I Lab

 

MEEG342

Heat Transfer

 

MEEG346

Thermal Lab

 

 

Technical Elective I (science)

 

  Breadth Requirement Electives
MEEG401

Senior Design (DLE & Capstone)  or

 

MEEG402

Senior Design FSAE (DLE & Capstone)

 

 

Technical Electives

 

 

Breadth Requirement Electives

 

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