Energy Resources

Mechanical engineers are experts on the conversion and use of existing energy sources and in developing the equipment n eeded to proces and trnsport fuels. At the same time, chechanicalengineers are active in finding and developing new forms of energy. In that effort, ME's deal with the production of energy fromalternate sources, such as solar, geothermal and wind.

Advanced Energy Systems

Most energy has come from the conversion of chemical or thermal energy into electrical and mechanical energy. ME's are developing alternatives to thermal energy, power cycle devices, fuel cells, gas turbines, and innovative uses of coal, wind and tidal flows.

Solar Engineering

ME's in Solar Energy are finding new ways to produce mechanical and electrical power for heating, refrigeraton and water purification. They design devices and structures to collect solar energy, and they work with architects to design buildings that use solar energy for heating, cooling and lighting.

Petroleum

Mechanical engineers play important roles in the petroleum industry, working in oil and gas drilling and production, offshore and arctic operations, hydrocarbon processing, synfuels and coal technology, materials, equipment design and manufacture, fuel transport, new fuel technologies and pollution control.

Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Engineering

Much of our energy already comes from offshore sources. ME's design and build ocean structures, systems and equipment - hyperbaric chambers, life support equipment, marine nehicles, submersibles and ROV's, propulsion systems, remote sensing systems, moorings and buoys, ship structures, and ocean mining equipment. Any given profect may call for expertise in acoustics, construction and salvage tech nologies, corrosion and high tech materials. Offshore Mechanics differs from Ocean Engineering in that it focuses more on the science of mechanics. An ME specialist in this field deals with hydrodynamics, structural mechanics, computational methods, offshore materials science, materials fatigue and fracture, hydrodynamic forces and motion, fluid-solid-soil interactions, deepwarter platforms, cable and pipeline dynamics, sensors and measurements, robots and remote control, and the mechanics of offshore drilling operations. The arctic engineer deals with a unique set of problems, such as ice mechanics, pipeline operations and the behavior of materials in cold climates.