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What is Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is the analysis, design, and development of mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers combine design, manufacturing, industry collaborations, and research innovations on a daily basis to further advances in mechanical design.

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Our Program

Based on a firm foundation of basic science, applied mathematics, and engineering sciences, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a rigorous program designed to prepare well-trained, creative, responsible engineers capable of assuming leadership roles in their profession.

Students apply the latest software to problems in the mechanics of:

  • Solids and fluids
  • Materials science
  • Mechanical systems
  • Advanced power applications

Broad hands-on laboratory and advanced design projects offer significant experience in experimental and computational work. These experiences complement a curriculum that includes a strong focus on the analysis, design, and development of mechanical and thermal systems.

In addition to strengthening leadership and communications skills necessary for excelling in the field, the program offers a deep understanding of the broad social and economic impacts of engineering.

We apply these same principles to the geomechanics undergraduate degree program, which is offered jointly with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Educational Objectives*

The overall educational objective of the bachelor of science program in mechanical engineering at the University of Rochester is to develop effective practitioners in mechanical engineering and associated fields.

  • Our graduates will confidently apply knowledge in the basic sciences, mathematics, engineering analysis, computation, experimentation, and design to address emerging and evolving engineering challenges.
  • Our graduates will contribute to the advancement of their chosen field, while remaining mindful of the ethical, safety, and social implications of their work. They will be able to communicate effectively and work in multidisciplinary teams, and will be well equipped for leadership roles in industry, academia, and government.
  • In keeping with the continuously evolving nature of mechanical engineering, we expect that our alumni will engage actively in lifelong learning and professional development activities, and that many of them, inspired by research experiences as undergraduates, will continue their education in advanced degree programs.

*approved unanimously by the Mechanical engineering faculty and the Industrial Advisory Board in December, 2015 and January 2016, respectively.

Educational Outcomes

To achieve the educational objectives described above, the mechanical engineering program is designed to provide students with important knowledge and skills in key areas. 

All students who complete the University of Rochester’s bachelor of science in mechanical engineering will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Communicate effectively
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • Gain an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • Recognize of the need for, and an ability to, engage in lifelong learning
  • Know contemporary issues