Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering & Computational Sciences. Our department provides a vigorous, broad experience for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our education and research programs span the breadth of mechanical engineering, ranging in size scale from the nanometer to the kilometer.
Our undergraduate program supports a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree and an ABET acredited degree, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Mechanical Specialty. The Mechanical Engineering Program Mission Statement states that:
The Department of Mechanical Engineering promotes in-depth training and research advances in engineering science and design. The Department accomplishes this through an educational platform that instills in its graduates a strong foundation in mechanical engineering disciplines, a working knowledge of technical tools, and an ethical vision and sense of inquiry to use engineering for improvement of people's lives. The Department sustains and develops its undergraduate and graduate programs with a focus in traditional and emerging areas of mechanical engineering to prepare students for successful careers.
The education we offer is intended to provide a strong foundation in engineering science and design accompanied by disciplinary focus in mechanical engineering topics such as mechanics, fluid and thermal systems, robotics, machine design, and computer-aided engineering. The course load is demanding, and students typically take 16-18 hours of class each semester. There is also a one-time, summer field session where students learn practical skills such as machining. The rigor of this education, though, allows students to build a solid foundation and then push it to cutting edge of mechanical engineering research and practice. The culmination of the undergraduate experience is a year-long capstone senior design project where interdisciplinary groups of students are engaged on project work for an external client.
The graduate program offers M.S. (both thesis and non-thesis) and Ph.D. degrees. Our department is organized into four research thrust areas:
- Robotics, Automation, and Design
- Solid Mechanics and Materials
- Thermal/Fluid Systems
Our research programs dictate that we have strong ties and collaboration with many departments across the CSM campus as well as with local partner institutions, industries, and federal laboratories