Graduates of the multidisciplinary minor in robotics have
increased marketability based upon their firsthand knowledge of
multidisciplinary teamwork; the development of software on a
physical system; and increased knowledge of topics related to
robotics, including artificial intelligence, controls, kinematics,
computer vision, image processing, microcontrollers, embedded
systems, and system design.
Some graduates of the program go on to graduate school in
robotics, some work as automation consultants for small and large
companies, or simply apply the skills they learned in the program
to science and engineering careers.
See our Robotics site for more
The Mechanical Engineering Department offers four areas of
concentration. Any student who completes five of these recommended
courses (see undergraduate bulletin) may
request a letter from the Department Head attesting to the fact
that they have completed the area of concentration
To better prepare our students for the interdisciplinary
field of Advanced Transportation, an area of concentration is
offered to expose students to modern automotive, aviation, and
off-highway design methodologies and technologies. Two courses in
Model-Based System Design, the modern design practice in the
aviation and automotive industry, is required of all participants.
Three additional elective courses are required which permit
students to provide either depth or breadth according to their
The aerospace industry provides job opportunities each year for
many mechanical engineering graduates. The aerospace engineering
area of concentration is intended to provide specialty courses
which focus the application of basic mechanical engineering skills
on aerospace systems.
Energy Production, Utilization, and
Rising energy costs, air pollution, climate change,
petrochemical production, environmental friendly and green
processes and machines, alternative power sources and renewable
energy are some of the topics topping local, national and
international news. Rose-Hulman offers a series of courses, across
several disciplines that broadens, educates and addresses solutions
to these relevant contemporary issues.
Many mechanical engineering students are attracted to
industry for both technical and leadership opportunities. Graduates
often are responsible for project management and may develop over
time into more significant leadership roles. This area of
concentration is intended to take advantage of Rose-Hulman
offerings in Mathematics, Engineering Management, and Humanities
and Social Sciences to provide skills and knowledge that would be
useful for graduates with increasing managerial responsibilities.
Since part of leadership is also practice, the area of
concentration requires one industrial internship and one
significant leadership experience.
Manufacturing and Production Engineering
Many mechanical engineering graduates will work in tasks related
to the manufacture of various products. The manufacturing and
production engineering area of concentration is intended to bridge
the gap between the analytical and design courses which are the
heart of the professional program and the practical problems of
producing acceptable hardware, on time, at a profit.
The broad field of solid mechanics prepares the mechanical
engineering graduate with many career opportunities in areas such
as stress analysis, dynamics, vibrations, materials, and the design
of mechanical components and systems.
Many Mechanical Engineering graduates will work with engineering
systems that are based on the principles of thermodynamics, heat
transfer and fluid mechanics.The Mechanical Engineering curriculum
offers an opportunity for the student to concentrate his studies on
the analysis and design of these systems.The courses that comprise
the thermal fluid area of concentration may be classified according
to whether the main emphasis is on the system or on the thermal or
fluid concepts which underpin its design and operation.