Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is the application of the principles of physics in the analysis, design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is one of the broadest engineering disciplines and has one of the longest histories. In mechanical engineering, students will develop a solid understanding of core concepts including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics and energy. Those concepts will be used to design and analyze motor vehicles, aircraft, heating and cooling systems, watercraft, manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, robotics, medical devices, alternative energy solutions and more.

Research and Education Programs

Department Chair: Jayathi Murthy

Main office: ETC, Room 5.208

Phone: 512-471-0796

Meet Our Faculty

M. Nichole Rylander

Photo of Rylander, M. Nichole

Dr. Rylander works in Biomedical Engineering with specific interests in Multi-disciplinary elements of bioheat transfer, nanomedicine, biomedical optics, tissue regeneration, and cancer engineering.

Affiliated Research Centers

Center for Space Research Remote Sensing Group (CSR-RSG)

The Center for Space Research conducts research in orbit determination, space geodesy, the Earth and its environment, exploration of the solar system, as well as expanding the scientific applications of space systems data.

Undergraduate Degree Plans and Requirements

Fitting all of the required courses into four years can be challenging. Use a degree plan that's specific to your major to help map your courses and be successful.

Download all 2010-12 and 2012-14 degree plans online.

At a Glance

  • 10 U.S. News & World Report ranking of ME's undergraduate program.
  • 13 U.S. News & World Report ranking of ME's graduate program.
  • $66k The average starting salary for a mechanical engineer is $66,615.