Undergraduate Program

Program Overview

Reflecting the wide diversity of subject matter found in the present-day practice of mechanical engineering, the undergraduate program offers a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Major areas of interest include energy conversion, design and manufacturing, HVAC, solid mechanics, automatic controls, dynamics, fluid mechanics, machine design, heat transfer, turbomachinery, combustion, robotics and noise control. Students with particular interests or highly specific objectives, are satisfied by elective courses and appropriate project work. The undergraduate programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. Read the program missions, objectives, and outcomes for more information.

Career opportunities are found in such diverse areas as power generation, design of machinery, manufacturing, research and development, guidance systems, product design and development, robotics, propulsion engineering, system analysis and design, and many others. Graduates of the program have been successful in gaining admission to the top graduate schools of their choice in the country.

About Mechanical Engineering

The range and scope of mechanical engineering has undergone radical changes over the past decades, while retaining and expanding traditional areas of endeavor, and Stevens remains at the forefront. Some of the changes have been due to the improvements in auxiliary fields, such as materials, or to the introduction of new fields, such as mechatronics and micromachining. Traditionally, the design and production of machines have been major concerns of the mechanical engineer, working to the basic criteria of price, efficiency and delivery date. Safety and environmental considerations have added new dimensions to the mechanical engineer's task. This is most apparent in the design of new automobiles, where improved mileage and cleaner engines have been coupled with a reduction in weight and size, while greater emphasis has been placed on highway safety. In a time of severe energy shortage, the mechanical engineer is the one person to whom the nation looks for improved utilization of resources and for new forms of energy conversion.

Watch ME undergraduate students put robots they designed in class to the test.

Areas of Concentration

Based on their interests, students may select the electives in a variety of topic areas. Other students may wish to cluster their elective courses in one topic area to gain a specialty within Mechanical Engineering. Please visit the Concentrations page to view the possible specialty areas available.

Professional Licensure

Stevens encourages undergraduate students to become licensed engineers. Licensed engineers are a select group and those who achieve licensure enjoy the professional benefits that accompany this distinction. In order to be licensed, students must pass the FE Exam and the PE Exam. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a licensed engineer and the requirements.

Mechanical Engineering Support Center

Supporting the overall Stevens strategic goal of excellence, the Stevens Mechanical Engineering Student Support Center provides a holistic student resource center committed to promoting the success and encouraging the retention of all students in the mechanical engineering undergraduate program. Recognizing that student advising needs evolve through the course of study, the center focuses on facilitating a positive experience at each stage of the undergraduate program.

Undergraduate Research

Several opportunities for undergraduates to participate in faculty research programs are available, including through the Stevens Scholars Program. Each undergraduate summer program has an exhibition in the Fall, open to the public and student body, where students present the results of their summer research.

Additional opportunities (some paid) for undergraduates to conduct research with faculty may also be available. Mechanical Engineering Undergraduates interested in pursuing such research opportunities should review the ME Department Research web page and individual faculty web pages to identify the appropriate faculty working in their area of interest.

Undergraduates may also attend the weekly Department of Mechanical Engineering seminar series, where researchers from industry and academia discuss state-of-the-art research topics being pursued. Past industry speakers have included the Former Director of the National Aerospace Laboratories (India), the Chief Technology Officer from the Zyvex Corporation (a leading nanotechnology company), researchers from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the NJ Board of Public Utility, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), United Technologies Research Center, Abbott Laboratories, Exxon Mobil, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Alcatel-Lucent, and Sandia National Labs.

Extracurricular Activities

Mechanical Engineering students are well-rounded, with a diversity of interests, skills, and talents. With many activities including athletics, music and theater, undergraduates have a number of opportunities to extend their learning outside of the classroom.

Mechanical Engineering major Cassidy combined engineering and theater for a successful undergraduate experience.