Department of Mechanical Engineering

ME Undergraduate Program

Program Flowchart (pdf)

The ME Department offers a curriculum that combines a foundation in mathematics and science and a core of engineering science and mechanics based courses with the creative processes of engineering design and supports student groups engaged in design-intensive and entrepreneurial extracurricular activities. The program integrates individual mastery of core subjects in fluid mechanics, thermal engineering, mechanical systems, and solid mechanics with teamwork-based solutions to open-ended design problems, real-world experiences, and experimental techniques. Students learn the skills to develop ideas from concept to product.

The design program is a core pillar of the undergraduate curriculum that combines core instruction in design with hands-on experiences in design-build-test projects. A sequence of four design intensive course courses culminates in a capstone course, underpinned by industrially-sponsored projects. Industrial sponsorship for the capstone design experience is strong. Over the last ten years, 130 companies, most from within the state, have sponsored 369 capstone design projects. In addition to industrially-motivated projects, students have the option to participate in humanitarian projects. Students present their work on Design Day, the last day of classes in fall and spring.

The Department has a long-established study abroad program in Germany (RWTH in Aachen) and study abroad programs in France (École Catholique d'Arts et Métiers), the United Kingdom (University of Edinburgh), Korea (Korea University) and Denmark (Technical University of Denmark).

The program also brings in a diverse group of international students to study with us. Included in the variety of activities open to students is the cooperative education program in which a student may participate after his/her freshman year.

Program Educational Objectives

Our graduates will be competent engineers practicing in a diverse range of activities

Our graduates will use their mechanical engineering education as an impetus for personal & professional growth

Our graduates will have achieved a noteworthy level of workplace responsibility through understanding their environment and capabilities, including the importance of knowledge management

Our graduates will be independent thinkers who take ownership in identifying problems and determining effective solution strategies in a timely manner

ME Program Student Outcomes  (ABET)

a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c. 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

d. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g. An ability to communicate effectively

h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

i. A recognition of the need for and the ability to engage in life-long learning

j. A knowledge of contemporary issues

k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


ME  Enrollment and Degree Data