About Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineers apply the principles of mechanics and energy to the design of machines and devices. They must be able to control mechanical systems and usually work with other professionals in designing these systems. Automobiles, engines, heating and air-conditioning system, gas and steam turbines, air and space vehicles, trains, ships, servomechanisms, transmission mechanisms, machine tools, material handling systems, elevators and escalators, and robots used in industry are a few of the systems and devices requiring mechanical engineering knowledge.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers dynamic educational programs and a faculty poised to deliver quality engineering education. The department also offers studies leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Engineering and the Ph.D. The Master of Engineering and Ph.D. programs also include interdisciplinary degrees in Atmospheric Sciences and Materials Sciences.

Department at a Glance

10 Faculty and 3 Emeritus Faculty

Department Equipment and Facilities

  • Wind Tunnel
  • Material Testing Facility
  • Machine Shop
  • 3D Printer
  • Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Testing Lab

Offered focus areas include

  • Applied Mechanics
  • Energy Systems
  • Manufacturing
  • Aerospace

Student Organizations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)

Yearlong Capstone Senior Project

Educational Objectives

  1. Graduates will have careers in mechanical engineering related fields and professions.
  2. Graduates will continue career planning and engage in professional development through continuing education including: workshops, obtaining professional registration and certificates, participating in conference activities, and graduate studies.
  3. Graduates will use their analytical, teamwork, leadership and communication skills to effectively participate in the development of products and finding solutions [to problems] sought by local and/or the global community.


Mechanical Engineering Professor Emmanuel Glakpe Named ASME Fellow

Fri, August 25, 2017

Mechanical Engineering Professor Emmanuel Glakpe elected Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) in April 2017, after being nominated by Mechanical Engineering Department Chair Nadir Yilmaz. Dr. Glakpe’s nomination was supported by ASME Fellows from within academia, industry and government positions.Read More >>

Mechanical Engineering Department Chair Nadir Yilmaz Named SAE International Fellow

Fri, August 25, 2017

SAE International announced that Mechanical Engineering Department Chair Nadir Yilmaz was elected as a 2016-2017 SAE Fellow. Dr. Yilmaz was recognized during ceremonies at the WCX 17: SAE World Congress Experience in Detroit, Michigan on April 11, 2017.Read More >>


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