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Mechanical Engineers create the machines to work for humankind.

Undergraduate Curriculum

The demand for mechanical engineers with a good technical education has been high for many years. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at North Dakota State University offers an education that enables its graduates to take their places in all facets of the profession. The department has graduated more than 3200 mechanical engineers who are working throughout the U.S. and many other parts of the world.

The standard curriculum allows students flexibility in choosing courses that reflect their interests within the broad areas of mechanical engineering. These include mechanics, materials and nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, fuel cell and alternate energy sources, among others.

The undergraduate curriculum cards and flowcharts are available under the RESOURCES link above or by clicking the RESOURCES button below.

Graduate Curriculum

NDSU’s ME Department offers two graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering: 1) Master of Science (M.S.) and 2) Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Mechanical Engineering is one of six engineering graduate programs in the College of Engineering (CoE). The others are Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Construction Management and Engineering (CM&E), and Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABEN).

The mission of the ME Department is to:

  • Educate undergraduate and graduate students in the fundamentals of the discipline, prepare graduates (B.S., M.S., or Ph.D.) to effectively function within 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; and
  • Serve the needs of the profession, the state of North Dakota, and regional industries, to promote and enhance economic development opportunities.

The goal of the ME Graduate Program at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels is to educate students in the mechanical engineering disciplines in more depth and breadth than at the undergraduate level. The program allows the graduate to utilize contemporary methods at an advanced level to pursue a professional career in engineering design, development, teaching, research and experimentation. Each student’s Plan of Study is based on their background and career objectives as well as on sound academic practice. The ME faculty members have teaching and research expertise in areas related to:

  • Solid Mechanics
  • Creep, Fatigue, Fracture and Failure of Engineering Materials
  • Thermal and Fluid Sciences
  • Energy
  • Materials Engineering
  • Composites and Sustainable Materials
  • Nanomechanics and Nanomaterials
  • Biomechanics, Biomaterials and Biofluidics
  • Robotics and Control Systems
  • Computational Mechanics

Academic programs emphasizing solid and fluid mechanics, heat transfer, combustion, energy, materials control and mechanical systems, biomechanics and biofluids, nano-materials and nanomechanics, and computation mechanics may be developed from courses offered by the ME Program. Students desiring a more general program may combine these emphases and may also combine ME Departmental courses with appropriate interdisciplinary courses from other departments in the COE and NDSU.

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