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Minors & Concentrations


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 information.


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 requirements.

Advanced Transportation
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 interests.

Aerospace Engineering
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 Forecasting
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. 

Industrial Leadership
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.

Solid Mechanics
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.

Thermal Fluid
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.