Mechanical engineers basically work in two areas. One area involves designing, analyzing and testing mechanical systems like engines, robots, and airframes. The other involves controlling the heat, fluids and energy used in or created by these systems. Mechanical engineers can often be found developing computer simulations or building and testing actual prototypes of systems, and frequently create, design, build and improve the following: jet engines, rudder controls, air conditioners, heat pumps, aircraft wings, rocket engines, manufacturing machines, antilock brake systems, air bags,power plants, landing gears, bulldozers, and welding machines.
In the classroom we teach our students both abstract thinking and high-level problem solving. We focus on training in analytical methods, offering hands-on lab experience, and the design and optimization of practical systems and components using applied computer skills. We also provide students with opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops and national competitions. Our student design teams, such as aeronautical design and human-powered vehicles, have won a number of awards in national competitions. Lastly, in our senior capstone design courses, we engage students in practical design experience with an emphasis on applying acquired knowledge, communication skills, and teamwork. Detailed course information is available in the Mechanical Engineering Program Guide for undergraduates.