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What is Mechanical Engineering?

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Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of all engineering disciplines, encompassing areas such as energy, fluid mechanics, dynamics, combustion, vibration, design, manufacturing processes, systems modeling and simulation, mechatronics, robotics, mechanics of material, rapid prototyping and composites.

What Do Mechanical Engineers Do?

Mechanical engineers are employed in virtually every kind of industry. They are involved with seeking new knowledge through research, creative design and development, and with the construction, control, management, and sales of the devices and systems needed by society. A major strength of an education in mechanical is the flexibility it provides in future employment opportunities for its graduates.

What Is The BSME Curriculum?

The undergraduate curriculum includes the study of the principles governing the use of energy, principles of design, instruments and control devices, and the application of these studies to the creative solution of practical, modern problems. Senior level electives are in these areas:

  • Environment
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing

Covered within these thrust areas the following topics:

  • Energy conversion
  • Light weight materials
  • Energy storage
  • Noise & vibration
  • Design for the environment
  • Energy usage
  • MEMS
  • Acoustic monitoring
  • Bio-materials
  • Prosthesis
  • Robotic surgery
  • Healthcare systems
  • Electronic cooling
  • Smart materials
  • Electronic packaging
  • Disk drives
  • Mechatronics
  • CAD/CAM/CAE/KBE
  • Polymer processing
  • Casting, cutting and forming
  • Robotics
  • Production control
  • Design for manufacturing
  • Rapid prototyping

What Types of Projects Are Available for Undergraduates?

10 specialized laboratories for investigation composite materials, manufacturing systems, fluid mechanics, combustion, heat transfer, and other topics.

Contact ME Advising

Undergraduate Student Advisor

Margo Segimoto
meadvise@uw.edu
206-685-0908
Fax: 206-685-8047
Office: MEB 143

2013 Undergraduate Advising Guide

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