Basic Engineering

Fundamentally, mechanical engineers are involved with the mechanics of motion and the transfer  of energy from one form to another or one place to another. ME's design and build machines for industrial and consumer use - virtually any machine you find had a mechanical engineer involved with its development and production. They designed heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to control the climate in homes, offices and industrial plants, and devlop refrigeration systems for the food industry. ME's also design heat exchanges, key componenets in high-tech mechanical and electronic computer equipment.

Applied Mechanics

Mechanics can be applied to almost anything - metal bars, rocks, water, the human skeleton, or complext things such as buildings, automobiles and machines. The basic question is how things work and whether they work well. To find the answers, a mechanical engineer uses a knowledge of shock and vibration, dynamics and motion, fracture and failure in components, and the bahavior of high-tech materials. New computer applications make it possible to model and visualize all of these processes [discuss department faculty involved in this area, past projects and department facilities]

Fluids Engineering

There's a mechanical process involved in anything that flows - air, water, heat and cold, even the sand along our shores. Whatever the substance may be, ME's know how to describe and control its movement. ME's design fluid machines and systems - pumps, turbines, compressors, valves, pipelines, biological devices, hydraulic systems, and the fluid systems in car engines. The fluids engineer can be found in industries ranging from aerospace to food, manufacturing, medicine, power and transportation.

Heat Transfer

Heat is generated and moved by any use of enery, in everything from computer to automobiles and venilating systems in buildings. This is an issue in all modern technology, given today's emphasis on conservation and wise use of resources. This field touches on combustion, power generation and transmission systems, process equipment, electronic deviceds, thermal controls in manufacturing, environmental controls, biotechnology, aerospace applications, transportation equipment and cryogenics.


Mechanical engineering principles are used to design and perfect biomechanical devices or systems. Almost any part of the human organism can be described mechanically, whether its a knee joint or the circulatory system. This field involves artificial organs, biomechanics, biomaterials, bio-instrumentation, bioransport processes, human factors, medical devices, biomedical modeling, and biological systems. Bioprocess Engineering focuses on the processes, systems and equipment used in the biotechnology and pharmeceutical industries - everything from cell cultures to bioprocessing to unit operations. ME's in this field work closely with biologists, chemists and chemical engineers.


Tribology may not be a familiar term but if you are designing an artificial hip socket, a laser printer or a locomotive you will have to think about friction, heat, wear, bearings and lubrication. Otherwise your product proaly won't run well or for very long. By reducing wear, the tribologist prevents the failure of everything from computer disk drives to the seals used in space vehicles.