Mechanical engineering builds the physical systems and devices that define modern society — everything from air conditioning to automobiles, robots to power plants, artificial limbs to escalators, and rocket engines to weather satellites. Mechanical engineering offers almost limitless opportunity for the inventions and innovations that lead to entrepreneurial ventures.
Through hands-on computer and laboratory work in our state-of-the-art facilities, the School of Engineering's BS program in Mechanical Engineering teaches the principles underpinning the discipline and how to apply them in the field. We also develop your talents in such specialized areas as solid and fluid mechanics, machine control systems, and robotic devices.
Mechanical engineers find careers in industries including national defense, aerospace, automotive, and telecommunications. Mechanical engineering also has a long tradition of breaking new ground in such areas as resource conservation, improved efficiency of energy-consuming devices, and renewable energy sources. There are emerging opportunities in biomedical systems and devices, as well as nanotechnology and mechatronics. Alternatively, our students can use their education as a springboard to law, medicine, corporate management, or further graduate studies.
You can choose to enhance your undergraduate degree with a minor that can be seamlessly integrated into your BS in Mechanical Engineering program:
Moon and planetary vehicles, deep-space probes and space habitats, once confined to the realm of science fiction, are now realities. Vehicles under design or projected for the future in aircraft, spacecraft, and other airborne and space-related devices and systems challenge the imagination. They also challenge the current knowledge base and state of the art of the technologies involved. The scientific aspects of aircraft and spacecraft design are rooted in mechanical engineering. The Minor in Aerospace Engineering prepares students to push the boundaries of knowledge, lead teams of specialists to achieve mission-specific goals, and follow successful careers in aerospace related industries.
The Nuclear Engineering field is experiencing a major resurgence from the skeptical public attitude of the 1970s and 1980s that resulted in a stagnated nuclear power industry for more than 2 decades. At the same time nuclear technologies have emerged in many fields to provide advanced solutions to challenging problems, such as food processing, instrumentation, diagnostics, and perhaps most importantly in the medical industry where many nuclear-based diagnostic and therapeutic procedures have saved and improved the lives of millions. In addition, growing concerns regarding global warming have again shifted the attitude of the public to a more favorable view of the potential benefits of carbon-free nuclear power.
To meet the demands of this resurgent industry, engineers proficient in the fundamentals of the nuclear sciences and engineering are needed. The Interdisciplinary Minor in Nuclear Sciences and Engineering, which is offered in collaboration with the Department of Applied Physics, prepares graduates for rewarding and successful careers in nuclear sciences and engineering related fields.