The Program

Mechanical engineering encompasses a vast multitude of applications from the efficient conversion and transmission of energy and power to the design and implementation of nanoscale devices. Mechanical engineering is the most diverse of the engineering fields; mechanical engineers design and develop products in all sectors of society, and they collaborate with other engineers and designers to produce systems and components for a large variety of applications.

Mechanical engineers practice a creative and diverse discipline, drawing upon the basic sciences to design, build and control the devices, machines, processes and systems that are the mainstay of modern society. Mechanical engineers work on power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines. They also work on power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, material handling systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment and robots used in manufacturing.

Faculty and students conduct innovative research in all of the traditional core areas of mechanical engineering with applications to some of society’s most pressing problems in energy, environment, human health and transportation. State-of-the-art laboratories and computational facilities support the research and educational missions.

Quick Facts

    • Undergraduate Program Chair: Valana Wells
    • Graduate Program Chair: Marc Mignolet
    • Total Enrollment Fall 2017: 2,001
    • Undergraduate Students Fall 2017: 1663
    • Graduate Students Fall 2017: 338
    • Bachelor Degrees Awarded (2015 – 2016): 230
    • Master’s Degrees Awarded (2015 – 2016): 142
    • Ph.D. Degrees Awarded (2015 – 2016): 11
    • Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty: 33
    • SEMTE Research Expenditures: $19.2 M (FY 2017)