Created just over 10 years ago, the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been a major driver of the University’s rapid growth. Its degree programs are expressly tailored to meet the most current needs of the 21st century mechanical engineer, providing instruction in micro-thermodynamics, micro-fluidics and other key areas. Seven teaching labs for undergraduates reinforce the engineering theory taught in lectures through hands-on experimentation.

The department offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is committed to interdisciplinary research. Collaboration between mechanical engineers and electrical engineers is particularly promising, having already produced advances in micro-electro-mechanical systems. Robotics research is also expected to accelerate as mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, materials scientists and computer scientists collaborate.


The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program is to prepare graduates to undertake challenging projects requiring knowledge of the fundamentals of mechanical and thermal system design.

The Bachelor of Science program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years after graduation, graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Program should:

  • Be on a successful career path as competent professionals in their chosen field or by pursuing advanced study.
  • Serve their professional roles in a responsible and ethical manner to meet the needs of engineering and society.
  • Be effective contributors or leaders in professional settings, including contributions to multidisciplinary teams.
  • Actively pursue life-long learning through advanced education, self-study, professional development, etc.

Student Outcomes

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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