Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering & Computational Sciences. Our department provides rigorous and broad experiences for students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Our educational curricula and research endeavors span the breadth of mechanical engineering disciplines and the range of scales from nanometers to kilometers.
Our undergraduate program supports a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree, which builds on a solid foundation of basic sciences, mathematics, and core mechanical engineering courses up through the junior year. In the senior year, students take advanced electives in areas of interest ranging from biomechanics, design, energy conversion, robotics, and solid mechanics. The culmination of the undergraduate experience is a year-long senior-design project where multidisciplinary teams of students are engaged in a client-supported design project. During their undergraduate career, many of our ME students are involved in a variety of learning activities outside of their coursework through competition teams, student clubs, and undergraduate research experiences.
The graduate program offers M.S. (both thesis and non-thesis) and Ph.D. degrees. Our faculty and graduate students are organized across four broad research divisions: 1) Biomechanics, 2) Robotics, Automation, and Design, 3) Solid Mechanics and Materials, and 4) Thermal-Fluid Systems. However, almost all of our faculty and graduate students are engaged in multi-disciplinary research endeavors that span more than one of these divisions or overlap with other fields beyond the traditional borders of Mechanical Engineering. Such research programs are stimulated by our Department’s strong ties and collaboration with many departments across the CSM campus as well as with other academic institutions, industrial partners, and federal laboratories.