What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineers basically work in two areas. One area involves designing, analyzing and testing mechanical systems like engines, robots, and airframes. The other involves controlling the heat, fluids and energy used in or created by these systems. Mechanical engineers can often be found developing computer simulations or building and testing actual prototypes of systems, and frequently create, design, build and improve the following: jet engines, rudder controls, air conditioners, heat pumps, aircraft wings, rocket engines, manufacturing machines, antilock brake systems, air bags,power plants, landing gears, bulldozers, and welding machines.

In the classroom we teach our students both abstract thinking and high-level problem solving. We focus on training in analytical methods, offering hands-on lab experience, and the design and optimization of practical systems and components using applied computer skills. We also provide students with opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops and national competitions. Our student design teams, such as aeronautical design and human-powered vehicles, have won a number of awards in national competitions. Lastly, in our senior capstone design courses, we engage students in practical design experience with an emphasis on applying acquired knowledge, communication skills, and teamwork. Additional course information is available in the Mechanical Engineering Program Guide for undergraduates and the BSME Technical Elective list.  Detailed course information can be found in Wright State's Course Catalog.  For information about Wright State's general education (Core) requirements, please visit the WSU Core webpage.

Our faculty is very active in scholarly research and publication. We maintain strong research endeavors in areas such as aerodynamics, computation fluid dynamics, thermal sciences, solid mechanics, vibration, dynamics and control, designs and optimization, nanotechnology and materials. We work closely with the National Science Foundation, Air Force Research Laboratory, Office of Naval Research, NASA, and many other private companies (locally and nationwide) in these areas. Our annual average research income per faculty is par with the average of national tier-I universities.

Program Objectives

The program educational objectives for the Mechanical Engineering program are:

  • Objective 1: Be employed in the engineering profession or pursuing graduate studies
  • Objective 2: Successfully compete in a globally integrated environment
  • Objective 3: Be engaged in life-long learning through continuing education and other avenues in a rapidly changing technical environment

Student Outcomes

Students who complete the BS in mechanical engineering will have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret data.
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Undergraduate Enrollment Figures - Spring 2014

Mechanical Engineering: 672

Undergraduate Degrees Awarded - 2013

BS Mechanical Engineering: 67