Mechanical Engineering

Program Overview

The broadest and one of the oldest engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering involves the design, production, and operation of mechanical systems and thermal systems. Mechanical systems refer to the design of mechanisms and analysis of the strength of materials. Thermal systems include heat transfer, fluid flow, and methods of energy conversion.

This major prepares students to work in a wide array of fields, including the automotive and aerospace industries, manufacturing, electronics, mechatronics, and nanotechnologies.

Mechanical engineering is projected to experience faster than average growth in engineering services over the next several years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Learning Outcomes

By the time students complete their degree, they will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • Use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • Identify and solve engineering problems
  • Design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system or process within budgetary, environmental, safety and other constraints
  • Communicate effectively
  • Function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context


The curriculum encompasses 131 credits, and students can tailor their course work to different specializations. Specialized topics include biomechanics, energy conversion, laser-assisted materials processing, fracture mechanics, vibrations and combustion.

See the curriculum grid for students entering the university in the fall of 2020.