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College of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering comprises a wide range of activities that include researching, designing, developing, manufacturing, managing and controlling engineering systems and their components. The many industrial sectors to which mechanical engineers make substantial contributions include aerospace, automotive, biotechnology, chemical, computers and electronics, construction, consumer products, energy, engineering consulting, and thermal systems, among others. As such, mechanical engineering is the broadest of all of the engineering disciplines and provides the widest range of career opportunities. Graduates of the School of Mechanical Engineering have gone on to become CEOs, entrepreneurs, chief engineers, business analysts, astronauts, faculty, physicians, dentists, patent lawyers and public policy leaders.