Undergraduate Program

Design Day 2015 Freshman Battleship Competition:  Sixty-four teams assembled in the Pacific Ocean to demonstrate their programming skills and competed for elite status. Each team controlled an identical “ping-pong” missile launcher, which they programmed to hit six randomly located battleships. Teams first used MATLAB programming to correctly identify the coordinates of the battleships in a provided satellite image and transmitted them to the microcontrollers on-board their launchers. Teams programmed their launchers to autonomously aim, shoot, and reload. Points were awarded for identifying and hitting each battleship, with time acting as a tie-breaker.

Make a difference. Create a better world.

Whether your interests are in finding solutions to climate change, advancing medical care, improving product design and safety, making better robots or improving the design of high performance vehicles you’ll find what you are looking for in a Mechanical Engineering Program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, at the University of Utah.

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Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

What do mechanical engineers do?


Mechanical Engineers (ME’s) look at the world and find ways to make things better. ME’s play a role in creating almost every human-made device, product or system – ranging from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to a nerve-controlled prosthetic arm to mountain bikes or snowboards. Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of all the engineering disciplines, so in addition to practicing as professional ME’s, many ME graduates use their technical knowledge as a basis to go on and get MBA’s and start their own businesses, or to become successful lawyers or MD’s.

Roundy-and-ChristansenWhy Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah?

Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah is not your everyday classroom experience, as it combines advanced technical knowledge with plenty of hands-on practical and professional experience. Starting with ME 1000 in the first semester of the freshman year and culminating in the Senior Design capstone experience, ME students participate in hands-on, project-based learning every year of the four-year program. By their senior year, ME students have the skills to design and build, as part of a team, an actual device or product, such as an electric skateboard, a robotic hand, or a solar car. ME undergraduates at the University of Utah also have opportunities to work closely with the internationally renowned faculty on creative and critical research projects, and to participate in the research and development of solutions to diverse real-world problems.

Career Outlook

e-news-careerMechanical Engineering is a very broad engineering field, with wide applicability and excellent flexibility in terms of career paths. ME’s work in almost every technical field imaginable – including aerospace, automotive, biomedical engineering, computer-aided design and manufac­turing, energy production, environmental systems, robotics, and transportation. In addition, many ME graduates use their technical knowledge as a basis to go on and get MBA’s and start their own businesses, or to become successful lawyers and MD’s. ME’s work everywhere: in big and small cities, rural communi­ties and remote wilderness areas. Some work in business offices or classrooms, others in factories or research labs; some work outdoors—even in outer space! ME’s often work on teams with experts in different fields and interact with people from the world. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah will provide you with a broad-based education that will empower you to succeed in a wide variety of challenging, interesting and rewarding careers with the potential to significantly contribute to the challenges faced by today’s society.


treadport2Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of all of the engineering disciplines. Areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Composite Materials
  • Controls
  • Design
  • Energy Systems
  • Ergonomics & Safety
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Manufacturing
  • Microsystems & Nanosystems
  • Thermodynamics