Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

The broad discipline of mechanical engineering enables students to have productive and rewarding careers, and to develop and improve new technologies in both traditional an emerging fields. Mechanical engineers apply fundamental principles to develop, design, manufacture, and test machines and other mechanical devices. Such devices include but are not limited to power-producing machines as well as power-consuming machines. Mechanical engineers are employed in diverse areas including but not limited to: the energy and power industries, the automotive and aerospace industries, and industrial manufacturing. Mechanical Engineering graduates also have careers in medicine and medical device development, patent law, engineering and corporate management, forensic engineering, and engineering sales.

The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Department is to provide our students with a high quality education, to generate and apply knowledge, and to serve both society and the engineering profession.

In support of our mission, upon graduation our undergraduate students will be:

  1. technically skilled in the application of the principles of mechanical engineering, and will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and in teams;
  2. successful in their chosen career paths, demonstrating the attitudes, abilities, and personal leadership to effectively adapt to our changing global society while maintaining and promoting the highest engineering, professional, and ethical standards; and
  3. actively engaged in continuous learning and professional growth throughout their careers while productively contributing to their organizations and communities.

In support of our mission, upon graduation our graduate students will be:

  1. capable of performing research at the highest possible level and contribute valuable advances to their chosen areas of specialization;
  2. enthusiastic and have a strong desire to instruct young engineers in their chosen areas of specialization; and
  3. qualified to work at the most prestigious research institutions and universities in the world.