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Mechanical Engineering Program

The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Program is by far the largest program in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department and the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The ME Program currently has more than 40 faculty members, over 700 undergraduate students and approximately 200 graduate students. The ME program offers ABET accredited Bachelor’s of Science (BSME) degree at the undergraduate level, Master of Engineering (MEng), Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees at the graduate level. The program also has several internationally recognized, well established research activities in several areas that are funded by federal agencies and industry sponsors.

Undergraduate Education: Mechanical Engineering is the oldest engineering discipline that has the broadest reach in terms of application. The ME Program provides high-quality co-op experiences that prepare students for diverse and rewarding career opportunities.

ME students have 5 semesters (almost 2 years) of work experience by the time they graduate, which sets them apart from students graduating from programs without co-op. The ME co-op program offers very diverse experiences ranging from Fortune-500 companies to small start-ups, research institutes and even international opportunities. Students gain highly valuable engineering experience during co-op that motivates learning in the classroom, while helping to self-fund their education along the way. The program also boasts a modern ME curriculum that offers vertically integrated lecture and lab courses and a unique senior capstone design experience.

Graduate Education and Research: The ME program has six research focus areas in Structural Dynamics and Acoustics; Intelligent Prognostics and Autonomous Systems; Advanced Manufacturing; Simulation and Applied Mechanics; Bio-Nano Engineering; and Advanced Thermal-Fluids. The MME department contains three research centers (NSF I/UCRC for Intelligent Maintenance Systems, the UC Simulation Center and the NSF-ERC for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials), and more than 40 laboratories that support research activities and graduate student education. Currently the ME program has more than $7M in annual research funding that support faculty research and graduate education.