The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to prepare graduate students in many applied fields, including such important areas as energy conversion, combustion engines, emissions controls, vehicle dynamics and design, machine tool design, biomechanics, manufacturing, structural analysis, automatic controls, continuum mechanics, fluid dynamics, acoustics and noise control, laser diagnostics, composite materials, and emerging areas in fuel cells and alternative energy, micro- and nano-science.
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest and most versatile of the engineering professionals. The opportunities and challenges in the field of mechanical engineering are diverse and virtually unlimited. The broad variety of career possibilities includes research and development, design analysis and synthesis, manufacturing and production engineering, testing sales, engineering, maintenance and administration.
Faculty members in the Department are engaged in state-of-the-art research in all of above mentioned areas. Specialized areas of research support for graduate students include: vehicle dynamics and design, manufacturing processes, composites material behavior, biomechanics, control of mechanical systems, and engine research etc. Part-time study (with most courses offered in the evening) and cooperative programs allow professionals working in local industry to pursue graduate degrees while employed.
To be a leader in education and research is the current department's mission. We seek to produce future leaders for industry, academia, government, and society -- leaders whose vision is founded upon fundamental knowledge, analytical skills, creativity, perspective, and ethics. We seek to advance technology and science by combining basic knowledge with the innovative application of engineering and scientific principles. And, we seek to enrich our educational and research programs, and ultimately society, through service.
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|SUSAN IWASIUK earned her master’s in mechanical engineering and launched into a long and successful automotive career at Chrysler. Her career highlights include positions in engineering, procurement, supplier quality and, most recently, corporate quality, where she is responsible for defining the strategy and methods used to execute development of world-class vehicles from concept to market launch.|