College of Engineering
Department Office: 1550 Rio Tinto Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building (MEK)
Mailing Address: 1495 E. 100 S. MEK 1550, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
Department Chair: Tim Ameel, Ph.D
Undergraduate Advisors: Joy Velarde (Last Names A-L, firstname.lastname@example.org), Katie Barnard (Last Names M-Z, email@example.com)
Graduate Advisor: firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-585-9293
Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines and offers the greatest range of opportunities. Mechanical Engineers play a significant role in the design and manufacturing of all of the products and systems essential to everyday modern life, from your home appliances, bikes, recreational equipment and automobiles, to satellites, wheelchairs, airplanes, robots, industrial equipment and environmental control systems. They are the designers and builders of the mechanical, thermal and fluid-flow related aspects of all such systems, including computer and feedback control of complex systems. In fact, mechanical engineers play a role in designing and manufacturing most of the things that people use. Look around you and you’ll see their contributions everywhere.
The primary research areas in the Department of Mechanical Engineering include: Biomechanics, Composite Materials, Controls, Design, Energy Systems, Ergonomics and Safety, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Manufacturing, Microsystems and Nanosytems, Robotics, Solid Mechanics, and Thermodynamics.
The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to cultivate an environment through teaching, research and service that fosters the technical, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary for students and faculty to contribute to the engineering profession and to the well-being of society.
The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; Phone: 410-347-7700.
Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah is not your everyday classroom experience, as it combines advanced technical knowledge with hands-on practical and professional experience. By senior year, ME students have the skills to design and manufacture an actual device or product, such as an electric skateboard, a robotic hand, or a solar car. ME undergraduates also have opportunities to work closely with the internationally renowned faculty on creative and critical research projects. The broad-based ME undergraduate program at the University of Utah empowers students to succeed in a wide variety of challenging, interesting and rewarding careers with the potential to significantly contribute to the challenges faced by today’s society.
Please see the Mechanical Engineering B.S., H.B.S. and Mechatronics Certificate listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
In order to take Mechanical Engineering (ME EN) courses and begin pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a student must either be :
- (freshman admit to the University of Utah) admitted to the College of Engineering with Intermediate Engineering Status, either at the time of admission to the University or after completing prerequisite courses. See http://www.coe.utah.edu/admissions for more information. -OR-
- (continuing University of Utah student or new transfer student) admitted to the Mechanical Engineering program and accepted to either Intermediate or Full Major Mechanical Engineering Status. See http://mech.utah.edu/academics/undergraduate/future-students/ for admission requirements and deadlines. Admission is based on a collection of factors that may include:
- High school GPA (not required for applicants with 30+ post-secondary credits)
- Standardized test scores (not required for applicants with 30+ post-secondary credits)
- English proficiency scores (for international applicants)
- AP credit
- Cumulative post-secondary GPA (including concurrent or dual-program credits)
- Grades in post-secondary technical courses
- Personal statement
While a specific post-secondary GPA will not guarantee admission to the program, in the absence of other information, transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered.
Acceptance to Intermediate Mechanical Engineering Status requires placement into MATH 1210/1310 Calculus I. Students not eligible to enroll in MATH 1210/1310 must wait to apply for admission to the Mechanical Engineering program until they are eligible.
The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program is rigorous and challenging, preparing graduates for a variety of rewarding and meaningful careers. To be adequately prepared for the program, the following high school coursework should be completed: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus (strongly recommended), Physics (one year, including laboratory work), and Chemistry (one year, including laboratory work). Beyond these core requirements, high school students are encouraged to take computer courses and mechanical drawing/drafting or other engineering courses.
ME EN 1000, taken in the first semester of the first year of the ME program, requires MATH 1210/1310 Calculus I as a co-requisite. Therefore, students wishing to complete the ME program in four years must be eligible to take Calculus I during their first semester at the U of U.
Pre-Engineering or Pre-Mechanical Engineering Status
Freshman applicants who indicate Mechanical Engineering as a choice of major on the University of Utah’s Application for Admission but do not meet the requirements for direct admission to the College of Engineering will be admitted to the University as Pre-Engineering students. Pre-Engineering students will be evaluated for admission to the College of Engineering when they have successfully completed the required prerequisites (usually two to three semesters). Pre-Engineering students will work closely with academic advisors for admission consideration and help with selecting and enrolling in prerequisite courses.
All other applicants who indicate Mechanical Engineering as a choice of major on the University of Utah’s Application for Admission will be admitted to the University as Pre-Mechanical Engineering students. These students must apply to the Mechanical Engineering Department to be admitted to the ME program and accepted to either Intermediate or Full Major Mechanical Engineering Status, as described above. Students who are not eligible to apply to the ME program or who are not admitted to the program may remain Pre-Mechanical Engineering students. Pre-Mechanical Engineering students are not eligible to enroll in ME EN courses, but should work towards admission to the program by taking required prerequisites and/or other non-ME EN courses.
Intermediate Engineering or Intermediate Mechanical Engineering Status
Students must be accepted to Intermediate Status in order to take lower division (ME EN 1000-2999) coursework. Placement into MATH 1210/1310 Calculus I is required for acceptance to Intermediate Status. Eligible freshman applicants will be accepted to Intermediate Engineering Status via direct admission to the College of Engineering. Continuing University of Utah students or new transfer students admitted to the Mechanical Engineering program will be accepted to Intermediate Mechanical Engineering Status if they have not yet completed all of the following courses: ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300 or 2010; MATH 1210 or 1310, 1220 or 1320; CHEM 1210, 1215; PHYS 2210.
Full Major Status
Students must be accepted to Full Major Status in order to take upper division (ME EN 3000-5999) coursework. Acceptance to Full Major Status is based on completion of first-year courses (ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300 or 2010; MATH 1210 or 1310, 1220 or 1320; CHEM 1210, 1215; PHYS 2210) with a GPA of 2.7 or higher and no individual grade below a C. All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Courses may be repeated only once, and the second grade will replace the first grade.
A student who is ineligible for Full Major Status because his/her technical GPA is below 2.7 may remain in Intermediate Status, repeating courses to improve GPA. A student who fails to earn a C or better in any of the courses listed above after two attempts will lose Intermediate Status and will not be allowed to continue in the Mechanical Engineering program.
Students must maintain a cumulative University of Utah GPA of 2.5 or higher to remain in the Mechanical Engineering program. In addition, students must earn a C or better in major courses, with only one repeat allowed per course.
Any Mechanical Engineering student whose cumulative University of Utah GPA drops below 2.5 will be placed on departmental academic probation. To get off of probation, a student must raise his/her overall U of U GPA to 2.5 or above before he/she has completed both 15 credit hours and a full academic year at the University of Utah. If the student does not raise his/her GPA to 2.5 or above in this time frame, he/she will be dismissed from the Mechanical Engineering Program.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah offers a premier graduate program within the state. Nationally recognized faculty and research programs provide an environment where theory meets practice. Using state-of-the-art equipment and working on world-class research teams, ME graduate students are actively engaged in finding creative solutions to real-world problems. An M.S. or Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering prepares graduates to produce the technology of the future and improve human lives.
Please see the Mechanical Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
Areas of Specialization
Engineering mechanics, materials engineering, manufacturing engineering, sustainable products and processes, nano-tribology, composite materials behavior and mechanics, fatigue, fracture mechanics, adhesive bonding, tribology, design methods, reliability in design, ergonomics, safety, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, aerodynamics, bio MEMS, mechatronics, bioheat transfer, microelectromechanical systems, microscale and nanoscale heat transfer, sustainable energy systems, environmental fluid mechanics, controls, haptics, robotics, thermodynamics, turbulent flow, energy conversion, vibrations, biomechanics, aerodynamics, rocket propulsion, and others.
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
- B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering or allied field
- GRE Quantitative score above 80th percentile and a competitive score on the GRE Analytical section
- International students must also score 590 (paper-based) or 96 (internet-based) on the TOEFL Exam or 7 on the IELTS Exam
- These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission. The graduate admissions committee reviews all aspects of the application package before determining acceptance into the graduate program.
Visit http://mech.utah.edu/academics/grads/admissions/ for more information on the admission process and requirements.
Students may not count more than nine credit hours of non-matriculated graduate work and no more than six transfer credit hours toward any graduate degree. University of Utah students may be allowed to select certain graduate courses (6000-level or above) taken while enrolled as an undergraduate student for graduate credit. Such graduate credit is limited to six semester hours. B.S./M.S. students can visit the Mechanical Engineering, M.S. section of this catalog for more details. Candidates for graduate degrees are required to maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA with no grade below B- accepted for credit toward degrees. For more detailed information, see the Graduate Information section of this catalog.
Graduate students in Mechanical Engineering receive financial support from several different sources including assistantships, tuition waivers, scholarships and financial aid. See http://mech.utah.edu/academics/grads/financial-information/ for more information.
Program and Course Offerings
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S. - Aerospace Engineering Emphasis
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S. - Biomechanics Emphasis
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S. - Design and Manufacturing Emphasis
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S. - Dynamics and Control Emphasis
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S. - Ergonomics and Safety Emphasis
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S. - Fluid Mechanics Emphasis
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S. - Mechatronics Emphasis
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S. - Micro/Nanoscale Engineering Emphasis
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S. - Modeling Emphasis
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S. - Robotics and Control Emphasis
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S. - Solid Mechanics Emphasis
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S. - Thermal Science and Energy Engineering Emphasis
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