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College of Engineering

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.

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.

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.

Composite materials: Composite structures have become the standard for 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 things—turning ideas into reality.

The environment: Mechanical engineering fundamentals are used to understand atmospheric transport and transformation of pollutants, their thermodynamic and chemical properties, and particle dynamics.

Manufacturing and processing: Modern manufacturing employs machines that mechanical engineers design and build.

Smart materials and controls: Mechanical engineers exploit new engineering materials to develop novel sensors and actuators and to provide detection and control for vibration suppression.


Areas of study

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

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 a formal concentration in aerospace engineering 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/MEM Program: Well-qualified Mechanical Engineering majors may apply to the 4+1 program which would culminate in the student earning a Bachelor degree in Mechanical

Engineering (BME) and a Master of Mechanical Engineering (MEM) degree 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