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The range and scope of mechanical engineering has undergone radical changes over the past decade, while retaining and expanding traditional areas of endeavor. Some of the changes have been due to the improvements in auxiliary fields, such as materials, or to the introduction of new fields, such as mechatronics and micromachining. Traditionally, the design and production of machines have been major concerns of the mechanical engineer, working to the basic criteria of price, efficiency and delivery date. Safety and environmental considerations have added new dimensions to the mechanical engineer's problem. This is most apparent in the design of new automobiles, where improved mileage and cleaner engines have been coupled with a reduction in weight and size, and greater emphasis on highway safety. In a time of severe energy shortage, the mechanical engineer is the one person to whom the nation must look for improved utilization of resources and for new forms of energy conversion.
In all areas, increasing emphasis has been placed on synthesis, looking to the performance of complete systems as opposed to that of single components. New horizons are opening in the fields of robotics and automated production. Here the mechanical engineer will find new challenges and new opportunities. Career opportunities are traditionally found in such diverse areas as power generation, design of machinery, manufacturing, research and development, guidance systems, product design and development, robotics, propulsion engineering, system analysis and design, and many others. Our graduates wishing to further their education have been successful in gaining admission to the schools of their choice.
Reflecting the wide diversity of subject matter to be found in the present-day practice of mechanical engineering, the department offers a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Major areas of interest include energy conversion, design and manufacturing, HVAC, solid mechanics, automatic controls, dynamics, fluid mechanics, machine design, heat transfer, turbomachinery, combustion, robotics and noise control. If you have particular interests or highly specific objectives, we can generally satisfy your individual goals by elective courses and appropriate project work. The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.