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Despite its origins in the Industrial Revolution, mechanical engineering is today at the heart of many cutting-edge technologies.








nano rachet Created in the fall of 2008, the Department of Mechanical Engineering is a key component of the University's growth strategy. Its curriculum is expressly tailored to meet the needs of the modern mechanical engineer, providing instruction in micro-thermodynamics, micro-fluidics and other areas that will be essential for the 21st-century mechanical engineer. 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-electromechanical 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 apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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