Mechanical Engineering is a broad discipline, encompassing a wide range of industries, from automotive, biomedical and environmental, to nanotechnology, pharmaceutical and manufacturing. Mechanical engineers build products which impact our everyday lives. The discipline now reaches way beyond the scope of what were once considered traditional mechanical engineering industries to transform cutting edge technologies in our age and beyond. Our goal for undergraduate students is to produce future industry and academic leaders, and to prepare them for entry-level positions or further graduate study in the mechanical engineering field, or any other field where the fundamentals of mechanical engineering are advantageous and desirable. As an ME student, you will encounter in our faculty some of the most pre-eminent experts in their field, and have the freedom to explore your interests in an environment that sets no limits on innovation.
In ME, students learn by doing. A first-year projects course allows students to design, plan, and create solutions to real-world challenges. Unique to CU-Boulder, our Design Center Colorado programs focus on concept generation, user-centered design, and hands-on engineering. This year, 119 seniors are working on 24 projects in the center's senior design course sequence, including a jettisonable star-tracker cover for Lockheed Martin's Orion Crew Module and new test equipment to help solve a problem in wind-turbine technology for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
The department of Mechanical Engineering is recognized around the globe as a leader in fundamental and applied engineering research. Our outstanding faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and over 1,000 empowered students combine to create a truly world-class research institution that promotes discovery and seeks creative, innovative, and collaborative engineering solutions to enhance the well-being of individuals and society. ME faculty and students conduct fundamental research in myriad areas along traditional disciplinary lines (see research page for further info) as well as in the context of contemporary technological applications, focusing on Bio Medical, Energy and Environmental, Micro/Nanoscale and Engineering Education research.
A degree in mechanical engineering is highly versatile, and can be applied in varied fields, such as research, design, testing, manufacturing, operations, maintenance, marketing and sales. Through our long-term ties with top tier local and national companies such as GE, Miller-Coors, Boeing, Shell and others, our students get exposure, mentoring and job opportunities throughout their undergraduate experience.
Our industry supporters are engaged, enthusiastic, and enjoy student interactions on a one-to-one basis. They know that they are likely to find their next star hire among the students participating in senior design, component design or advanced product design courses. In fact, according to our latest post-grad survey from 2011, 90% of our graduates were employed at 6-8 months after graduation, and 80% were employed in a full-time engineering position.
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According to the US News and World Report 2012 "Best Colleges Rankings" CU's Mechanical Engineering department placed: