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Of all the engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering is the most broad-based, extending its reach into a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, industrial machinery, manufacturing, mining, oceanographic, petroleum, pharmaceutical, power, printing, and textiles.
Virtually every object around us has passed through the hands of a mechanical engineer. MEs can be involved in designing and creating things as diversified as roller coasters, bomb squad robots, wind turbines, human implants, hybrid vehicles, communication satellites and amphibious sport planes.
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Mechanical Engineering Program Highlights
Energy Systems and Thermal Engineering
Robotics, Mechatronics, and Control
Rapid Prototyping and Integrated Design
Our award-winning faculty is distinguished not only for their cutting edge research, but for their excellence in teaching, as well. Our Industrial Advisory Board is comprised of engineers and business executives from leading companies and government agencies including Bell Helicopter, Emerson, ExxonMobil, Hoffmann-La Roche, Lockheed Martin, NASA, and Schering-Plough, who support our research and career development initiatives.
Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment in nearly 20 advanced labs and centers, where they have the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to create designs and conduct experiments.
Rutgers Mechanical Engineering students select from a wide range of electives according to their interests and career goals. Students may also choose to follow a concentration in aerospace or energy systems.
Students may opt to study abroad at the City University in London during their junior year, an opportunity not always found in engineering programs at other schools. Students may also pursue Independent Study courses, which allow students to apply both analytical and experimental skills to an engineering research project under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
Rutgers offers a combined BS/MS degree, as well as a combined BS/MBA.
The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Rutgers gives students a solid foundation of mathematical, scientific and technical knowledge and then provides opportunities for meaningful research that prepares them for a globally competitive, diverse workplace in industry, government and academia. Departmental research is loosely grouped under the following banners: design and control; solid mechanics, materials and structures; fluid mechanics; and thermal sciences.
Our co-op program gives students the opportunity to gain practical professional experience in the mechanical engineering department in business and industrial settings. These positions, through which students earn academic credit and a salary, often lead to job offers after graduation.