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The mechanical engineering program at NDSU traces its origins to 1892 when the Department of Mechanic Arts was created with the hiring of Professor Edward S. Keene, a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. The department graduated its first student with a B.S.M.E. degree in 1899. In 1903, the name of the department was changed to the Department of Mechanics and Physics, and in 1909, the mechanical engineering “division” was created within the Department of Engineering. In 1953, the department was relocated to Dolve Hall, in which it still resides. Since its inception in 1892, over 4,000 students have received B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from NDSU.

Our curriculum is designed to produce baccalaureate-level graduates who are well prepared to accept engineering positions in industry and government, or to pursue advanced degree studies. Strong program emphasis is placed on engineering science, laboratory, and design. The use of modern computer tools and techniques in engineering practice also is incorporated throughout the curriculum. In addition, liberal arts education is included to prepare graduates for becoming concerned and productive members of society.

Students transferring into mechanical engineering from other departments or institutions are encouraged to do so no later than the beginning of the junior year if they wish to complete the degree requirements within two academic years.
Graduate programs leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mechanical Engineering are offered by the department. For more complete details, see the Graduate Bulletin online.



To be nationally recognized for excellence in engineering education, research, and service.



The Department of Mechanical Engineering at NDSU will contribute to the aspirations of a land-grant university in the three primary components of education, research, and service.  In support of these endeavors, the mission of the department is to:

  • Educate undergraduate and graduate students in the fundamentals of the discipline, prepare graduates to effectively function in society in the field of their choice, and provide the learning skills to adapt to evolving personal and professional goals.

  • Develop and maintain high quality research programs in traditional and emerging areas that build on the diverse strengths of the faculty, foster interdisciplinary collaborations, and address national and global needs.

  • Serve the needs of the profession, the state of North Dakota, and regional industries to promote and enhance economic development opportunities.

ABET Accreditation

The program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree at NDSU is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, ABET accreditation is important, as it ensures that our program:

  • Has received international recognition of its quality.

  • Promotes “best practices” in education.

  • Directly involves faculty and staff in self-assessment and continuous quality improvement processes.

  • Is based on “learning outcomes” rather than “teaching inputs.”

  • Can more easily determine the acceptability of transfer credits.

Through application of ABET’s quality standards, we seek to achieve a better-educated, geographically mobile, and diverse technical workforce well prepared to advance innovation and excel professionally in fields of critical importance to society. Earning a degree from an ABET accredited program:

  • Verifies that your educational experience meets the global standard for technical education in our profession.

  • Enhances your employment opportunities, as many companies require graduation from an accredited program.

  • Supports your entry into a technical profession through licensure, registration, and certification.

  • Establishes your eligibility for many federal student loans, grants, and scholarships.

  • Provides greater opportunities to work globally.

Program Educational Objectives

In support of the institutional mission and needs of our constituents, the Mechanical Engineering Department has established an educational program that will allow our graduates to attain the following objectives within a few years of graduation:

  1. Provide valuable contributions to the engineering profession in the field of their choice.

  2. Adapt to emerging technologies through continued professional development.

  3. Uphold high ethical and professional standards in the practice of engineering.

  4. Effectively function in a team environment and interact with people of diverse backgrounds.

  5. Be engaged and conscientious practitioners who understand the context in which their designs are implemented and the corresponding impact of their activities on society.

Student Outcomes

To foster attainment of the educational objectives, the program curriculum has been developed and organized to ensure students will achieve the following outcomes by the time of graduation:

a) Graduates must have the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

b) Graduates must have the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

c) Graduates must have the 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.

d) Graduates must have the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

e) Gradutes must have the ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

f) Graduates must have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

g) Graduates must have the ability to communicate effectively.

h) Graduates must possess the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

i) Graduates must recognize the need for, and possess an ability to engage in, life-long learning.

j) Graduates must possess knowledge of contemporary issues.

k) Graduates must have the ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

The Mechanical Engineering Department has experienced significant growth in undergraduate enrollment and conferred degrees in recent years. The strong economy and high demand for mechanical engineering graduates among our industry partners has fueled this increase.


Undergraduate Enrollment



Bachelor of Science Degrees Conferred



Graduate Enrollment



Graduate (MS/PhD) Degrees Conferred


Page Last Modified: September 20, 2018
Web Master: Tiffany Neuharth
Published By: NDSU's Mechanical Engineering Department
Located At: Dolve Hall Room 111 - Fargo, North Dakota 58102
Telephone: 701-231-8671, Fax: 701-231-8913