Prospective Students

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Prospective Students

Prospective students may ask, “Why Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Mines?” We feel based on the strength of our program and faculty that the better question is, “Why not Mechanical Engineering at Mines?”

Our Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program is designed not only to provide students with a strong knowledge and skill base in core Mechanical Engineering fields, but also an opportunity to explore areas of more advanced topics in exciting fields like energy, biomechanics, robotics, engineering design, and materials. In addition, the BSME program focuses on helping students develop effective technical communication skills and a curiosity that leads to lifelong learning. Mine’s ME degree program is challenging, but our faculty work closely with students to make the academic challenges they face a rewarding and enriching experience.

When exploring different colleges and universities across the country, many prospective students and their families want to know what distinguishes Mines, specifically the Mechanical Engineering program, from other highly competitive schools. Mines’ 2015-16 Career Center Annual Report

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statistics and ME departmental highlights speak for themselves:

  • Mines’ ME students are highly sought after by noteworthy employers and offered great professional opportunities upon graduation
    • Job placement of 83%, with an average starting salary of $63,314.
    • 232 employers participated in Career Day for Fall 2016.
    • 6th best school in the nation for 30-year Return on Investment by Forbes magazine (2013).          
  • Mines continues to see growing diversity amongst its students.
    • 2015 Freshman Class: 30.6% female vs. 25.3% in 2014.
    • Resident to Non-Resident split 50/50 (2015).
    • Mines is home to the largest student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers in the country.

ME undergraduate students have access to opportunities outside of the classroom that greatly enhance their professional development.

  • The department and campus have a vibrant record for undergraduate research opportunities in labs such as the Robotics Laboratory, the Fuel Cell Center, and other laboratories.
  • Student clubs and chapters such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Society for Automotive Engineers, the Robotics Club, Society for Women Engineers, and many others provide opportunities for networking beyond campus, service, and fun.
  • Competition teams abound and provide rewarding challenges to compete against other top-notch universities in arenas such as the Shell Eco-Marathon, NASA’s Lunabotics, Formula SAE, DOE’s Wind Turbine Competition, and the Mini-Baja team.

We are excited about what we have to offer our students and hope if you feel the same way, you will consider applying to Mines and joining our department.



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