We offer an undergraduate major as well as minors in Robotics and Thermal Fluids. And, you can augment your degree with focused areas of concentration, or participate in our study abroad experiences with partner institutions around the world.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to use your classroom lessons for real-world problem solving. Multidisciplinary project teams may tackle process improvement for an industrial partner, or develop humanitarian solutions for a local organization. And, student teams compete with efficient vehicles, underwater robots, and more.
MAJORS & MINORS
We offer an undergraduate major in mechanical engineering, as well as minors in robotics and thermal fluids. And, you can augment your degree with focused areas of concentration, or participate in our study abroad experiences with partner institutions around the world.
Areas of Concentration
We offer several opportunities to enhance your degree with additional focus in specific areas.
ME Study Abroad Opportunities
We have partnerships with institutions of higher learning around the globe that will allow you to study abroad while you stay on track academically.
We offer both a thesis-based master of science in mechanical engineering (MSME) and a course-based master of mechanical engineering (MME).
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Careers in Mechanical Engineering
A degree in Mechanical Engineering will give you the foundation to pursue a career in industries ranging from automotive to biomedical, consumer goods, or aerospace.
Process improvement engineers work in a variety of industries to identify and develop ways to streamline production and boost efficiency. A process improvement engineer will often collaborate with other engineers and technical personnel, suppliers and others, and must have excellent communication skills.
Mechanical design engineers work in companies across a wide range of manufacturing industries, often developing consumer goods, medical devices, automobiles and automotive parts, and more. They must apply engineering principles to ensure their designs use appropriate materials, meet industry and safety standards, and can be manufactured cost-effectively.
Automation engineers work to improve the efficiency and safety of manufacturing operations by designing and programming automated equipment. They must have both mechanical expertise and electrical controls knowledge, and may be find themselves developing anything from large welding robots to food packaging equipment.
Facilities & Resources
We know that plenty of real-world problem solving will help you become a better engineer. That’s why we have dedicated spaces where you can put theory into practice on projects and student competition teams.
At the Branam Innovation Center (BIC) you’ll be able to practice innovation and bring your creations from concept to reality. This 16,200-square-foot open workspace is where teams huddle ahead of intense competitions, clubs unveil new innovations, and individual students tweak their latest projects.
Every mechanical engineer needs to know “How’s that made?” and we bring everyone into the machine shop—beginning with EM103 Intro to Design freshman year, and again in their junior year for ME317 Design for Manufacturing. This is where you’ll learn about what you can do with saws, drills, lathes, and mills. We also have welding equipment and a plasma cutter, and offer a “Shop Badge Level I” opportunity for students who have very little experience and want to learn more in a small group (4 students/instructor). Then you’ll be ready to learn more on your own.
Our manufacturing lab contains most of our automated machine tools (Computer Aided Manufacturing, or CAM tools). One of our most popular electives is ME520 CAD/CAM uses this lab to teach students about the various tools--you can get one-on-one training on the machines, as well. A large bed foam router supports our competition teams’ needs in creating molds for composite shells, and laser cutters allow us to create “links” for the EM121 Statics Link competition (freshman year).
Get hands-on experience in our newly renovated Materials Lab. We use this lab for courses such as Materials Engineering and for course projects in ME Laboratory. It’s also used extensively for independent projects. Here, you can use digital microscopes to examine the effects of heating and quenching on the structure and strength of metals. Or use tensile testing equipment to find out just how much load that material can handle before it breaks, as well as machines to see how the material stands up to sudden impacts.
Dr. Lorraine Olson
Dr. Olson joined the faculty of Rose-Hulman in 2002. She is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was awarded the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award in 2013. Her scholarship activities have included finite element methodology applied to non-traditional areas, and much of her research involves early detection of breast cancer.