Our approach to education

Our goal is to provide a personalized engineering learning experience for every student. We view teaching as a partnership where students and faculty share the responsibility to excel. Through our engineering curriculum we emphasize teamwork, leadership, persuasive oral and written skills, ethics, project management and finance. Our intent is not just to graduate technically competent students, but engineering leaders in their field who can work seamlessly with professionals from other disciplines in local, national, and international environments.

Could Mechanical Engineering be the right choice for you?

Mechanical engineers are concerned with the optimum use of materials, energy, time, and individual effort to serve societal needs through the design of machines, structures, and mechanical and thermal systems, and through better understanding of dynamic processes involving these systems. They have a wide involvement in many industries including aerospace, automotive, biomechanical and biomedical engineering, construction, electronics, manufacturing, national defense, power generation, and transportation. Within these industries, the engineer might specialize in the design, analysis, automation, operation, or marketing of systems or services. The individual's contribution may lie anywhere in the spectrum from highly theoretical to imminently practical, and often involves leadership as an engineering manager or organization executive.

Because mechanical engineers in industry and research engage in such a great variety of activities, their education must be broadly based. Although individual engineers may specialize within their industry positions or in graduate study, each must have the background needed to contribute in any of several technical areas, to combine knowledge of multiple topics when necessary, and to interact with members of other disciplines and professions in accomplishing broad goals.   

Thus the mechanical engineer's program of study must include fundamental grounding in mathematics and basic sciences, applications in several engineering sciences, and team-based experience in the process of design, where theory is applied in the context of real needs and limitations and where judgment must be exercised. Furthermore, to be a responsible member of the engineering profession, each graduate must be aware of social, ethical, environmental and economic factors and constraints on engineering activity, and must understand the importance of these matters in a global context.

Our curriculum capitalizes on the exceptional abilities of our highly select students to cultivate the learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities needed to adapt, to develop, and to exercise responsible leadership through times of rapid change. The program provides firm preparation in the essential engineering topics while allowing wide flexibility for students to pursue their own specialized interests, including hands-on research and independent study, dual majors in engineering, the sciences and liberal arts, and study abroad.

Student Spotlight: Jack Gregory

Class of 2018 Alumni Endowed Undergraduate Scholar Jack Gregory describes his passion for mechanical engineering.