Benefits of a Mechanical Engineering [Mechanical engineering]

Benefits of a Mechanical Engineering

Why Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest and oldest branches of engineering. Mechanical engineers are involved with the design, analysis, testing, manufacturing, control, operation, and maintenance of mechanical systems - that is, any system that has a moving part! Mechanical systems can vary greatly in complexity and magnitude from the valve in an artificial heart to a car engine to a mammoth nuclear power plant. It deals with all aspects of the conversion of thermal energy into useful work and the machines that make this possible.

This seems awfully broad, right? Although that is one of the great advantages to mechanical engineering (and why the world always needs mechanical engineers!) our students do earn a concentration during their senior year. Concentrations give you the chance to specialize in one area of mechanical engineering. You can choose to take elective courses all related to your concentration, or choose a few outside your concentration to maintain a slightly broader background - your choice!

We offer concentrations in:

Has mechanical engineering caught your interest?
Then perhaps you should consider our advanced technical elective track, if you're interested in:

  • Completing research as an undergraduate
  • Preparing for graduate school
  • Graduating "With Distinction in Mechanical Engineering?"

Mechanical engineering honors students or students who are pursuing the BS/MS option may work with a faculty advisor to choose their areas of research and study to reflect their interests and the scope of their future graduate work.

Applied Mechanics
Applied Mechanics is the theoretical, numerical, and experimental study of the response of solids and fluids to external forces. Students who concentrate in this area can take courses in finite element analysis, fracture mechanics, advanced strength of materials, and system vibrations. It's the concentration for you, if you're interested in:

  • Understanding the forces in structural components such as a truss or crane
  • Smaller scale components such as a prosthetic joints
  • Understanding why and how objects break, and how to prevent failure


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