Mechanical engineering students gain expert knowledge of the design and manufacture of mechanical systems and thermal devices/processes. Courses focus on the principles of motion, energy, and force. Some of the courses in the ME curriculum are Statics and Mechanics of Materials, Mechanical Design, Electrical Circuits, Material Structure and Properties, Mechanical Measurements, Heat Transfer, Dynamic Systems, Applied Thermodynamics, Applied Fluid Dynamics, and Thermal Systems Design. Mechanical Engineers work in fields including engines and control systems for automobiles and aircraft, medical devices, consumer products like computers and athletic equipment, and electrical power plants.
Materials Science and Engineering
MSE students integrate fundamental knowledge of materials processing and synthesis to improve the performance of engineered products and design materials for future applications. Courses include Statistics and Mechanics of Materials, Materials, Structures, & Properties, Materials Processing, Heat Mass Transport, Energetics, and Physical Metallurgy. Materials science engineers work in materials processing, automotive, telecommunications, aerospace, electronics, or biomedical industries.
Engineering Science offers flexible curricula with concentrations in Engineering Physics, Nanotechnology, Engineering Mechanics and Nuclear Energy. This program develops the student's ability to think analytically across disciplines and tackle future technical challenges that require a thorough understanding of a discipline in the physical sciences and/or mathematics combined with engineering.
The Innovation, Product Design, and Entrepreneurship Program features an interdisciplinary certificate that is open to all Swanson School undergraduates. This flexible program provides students with an opportunity to learn academic principles of design, creativity and entrepreneurship through hands on experiences.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science offers nuclear engineering programs for both undergraduate and qualified graduate students. Students can earn a Professional or Research Masters of Science or Graduate Certificate through flexible on-campus and online options under the guidance of faculty experts that possess senior leadership from the nuclear power industry.
Engineering for Humanity Certificate
The Engineering for Humanity certificate is open to all undergraduate students and both guides and formalizes student participation in engineering projects in which social and/or environmental sustainability is a core thrust. Moreover, the certificate program addresses the significance of cultural, political, and business forces in rapid and effective penetration of new technologies. This certificate will allow students to earn credit for service learning projects. Students have the option of pursuing either a U.S. or international track.
Engineering Simulation in Design certificate
Computational simulation has become an indispensable engineering tool across a broad spectrum of industries and fields of study. Simulation-based approaches provide engineers with the opportunity to extend the boundaries of traditional engineering design processes. However, understanding the role of simulation within the context of an engineering system or process is essential to the successful application of these tools.