About this Program
The mission of the bachelor of science in mechanical engineering is to deliver a laboratory-intensive, undergraduate mechanical engineering education that provides students with the tools and skills to excel in the engineering profession, as they pursue lifelong learning and make positive contributions to society. The student learning experience offers unique opportunities for study abroad, undergraduate research, and electives outside of mechanical engineering to develop an enhanced global perspective.
- Active learning environment
- Access to state-of-the–art instrumentation
- Focus on undergraduate teaching and research
- Solve mechanical engineering problems by applying contemporary engineering tools to propose and implement effective solutions.
- Design, develop, implement, and improve thermal and mechanical systems.
- Contribute as informed, ethical, and responsible members of the engineering profession and society as a whole.
- Continue lifelong professional development throughout their career.
- Collaborate and communicate effectively with others as a member or leader of an engineering or multidisciplinary team in an international setting.
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering graduates are qualified for employment in a wide variety of organizations, both public and private. For example, recent graduates have taken positions with the following: Apple, Altec, Amsoil, Boston Scientific, Cirrus, Honeywell, Northern Tool, St. Jude Medical, Target Corp., Tundra Innovations and the United States Air Force.
Admissions and Scholarships
Every year, the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department awards several scholarships. Number and amount of each award varies based on the availability of funds.
We have a several student clubs on campus that our students are apart of. The Bulldog Rocketry club gives students a chance to explore the designing, manufacturing, and testing of high powered rockets in order to partake in the annual Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition held by MnSGC & NASA.
The Clean Snowmobile Challenge team obtains a new production snowmobile every couple years and redesigns many features in order to make the snowmobile faster, lighter, more reliable, and more efficient. The Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is a diverse array of highly motivated students led by the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at UMD. The groups goal is to design, construct, and test a Formula 1 style racecar in order to compete in the annual nationwide Formula SAE competition.
Our Department is also home to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Diesel Engineering club, the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MNSPE), the Order of the Engineer, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Tau Beta Pi.