Environment and Transportation

Transportation is a large and growing field for mechanical engineers. Existing models of air and surface transport reuqire continuous improvement or replacement. ME's work at the cutting edge of these efforts. Wherever machines are made or used you will find mechanical engineers. They are instrumental in the design, development and manufacture of machines that transmit power. They are also critically involved with the environmental impact and fule efficiency of the machines they develop and with any by-products of the fuels used to power those machines.

Aerospace & Automotive 

They used to be called "flying machines." Very true. Aircraft are, in fact, flying "machines." One of the major activities of mechanical engineers is the design, development and manufacture of things that move on land, sea, air and in space. ME's design propulsion engines and structural component systems, crew and passenger accomodations and life support systems. ME's also develop the equipment used to build automotive, aircraft, marine and spacde vehicles.

Environmental Engineering

Most environmental conditions involve a mechanical process - the movement of heat, noise or pollutants in air,soil or water. ME's deal with questions about environmental impact and recyclability in the design of products and systems. They use modeling techniques to understand air, ground and water pollution and to develop effective controls. for example, ME's analyzed ad modeled the mechanical relationship between power plant emissions and acid rain in the northeastern states.

Noise Control & Acoustics

Sound is a mechanical phenomenon - the movement of waves or vibrations through solids, liquids or space. Acoustics is the art and science of producing, analyzing and controlling sound. A mechanical engineering background can help to solve problems in noise control, flow-related noise and vibration, industrial acoustics, instrumentation, acoustical materials and structures.

Rail Transportation

All aspects of mechanical engineering can be applied tot he design, construction, operation and maintenance of rail and mass-transit systems. Technologies developed in aerospace and energy conversion are being applied to a new generation of locomotives and cars for freight, passenger and transit services.

Solid Waste Processing

Solid waste processing is a key aspect of environmental protection and energy conservation. ME's are involved in the design and construction of solid waste procedssing facilities and in work related to recycling, resource recovery and the new technologies for waste-to-energy and biomass conversion.