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.
The challenge of a mechanical engineer may lie in the perfection and reliability of a device that will be duplicated a million-fold or in the control optimization of a single complex system of unique design. The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to prepare graduate students in many applied fields, including such important areas as biomechanics, energy conversion, combustion engines, emissions controls, machine tool design, manufacturing, computer graphics, structural analysis, automatic controls, vehicle dynamics and design, continuum mechanics, fluid dynamics, environmental design mechanisms, acoustics and noise control, laser diagnostics, composite materials, and emerging areas in fuel cells and alternative energy, micro- and nano-science.
Department faculty members are currently engaged in state-of-the-art research in all of these areas. Specialized areas of research support for graduate students include: manufacturing processes, composites material behavior, combustion machine tool design, acoustics vibrations, laser diagnostics, biomechanics, control of mechanical systems, and engine research. 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.