Mission Statement


To prepare graduates for diverse careers in both mechanical engineering and related fields.


To have students graduate with outstanding problem-solving skills and knowledge of mechanical engineering, that allows them to continue their education throughout their careers and to become leaders in their fields.

Program Educational Objectives

The Mechanical Engineering Program is designed to prepare students for continued learning and successful careers in industry, government, academia and consulting. Our alumni are expected to:

  1. Apply their engineering knowledge, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in professional engineering practice or in non-engineering fields, such as law, medicine, or business.
  2. Continue their intellectual development through, for example, graduate education or professional development courses.
  3. Embrace leadership roles in their careers.


Our graduates demonstrate

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to mechanical engineering problems.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs.
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to effectively communicate via written, oral, and visual means.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use modern engineering techniques, skills, and computing tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • An ability to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems areas.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

In Fall 2019, 1,253 students enrolled in the program. In AY16-17, 299 degrees were awarded. For other terms, the University Registrar publishes the number of students enrolled annually in this program, and the number of degrees granted each term by this program.