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 all throughout 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.

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to conduct innovative research and to provide a world-class education that instill the professional, technical, critical-thinking, and communication skills necessary for students and faculty to make impactful contributions to society.

Within a few years after the completion of their degrees, graduates of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah should be:

  • Employed in an engineering or other field in a position that utilizes the knowledge and skills developed in the Mechanical Engineering program, and/or
  • Engaged in graduate studies in mechanical engineering or other technical field, and/or
  • Enrolled in a professional degree program, such as law, medicine or business, consistent with individual interests and career goals.
  • Practicing professional responsibility in dealing with a broad range of global issues that promote the well-being of society.

Student outcomes describe the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that are critical in preparing graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Fall 2020 Enrollment Numbers

Undergraduate Students Enrolled: 859

Graduate Students Enrolled: 239 (MS/94 PhD/145)


Degree Awarded Spring 2020

Undergraduate Degrees Awarded Spring 2020: 174

Graduate Degrees Awarded Spring 2020: 78 (MS/64 PhD/14)

The Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Utah is accredited by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.).  ABET accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels.

With ABET accreditation, students, employers and the society we serve can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.

For more information, see the ABET home page.

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
  • Bionics
  • Composite Materials
  • Controls
  • Design and Manufacturing
  • Ergonomics & Safety
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Mechatronics
  • Microsystems & Nanosystems
  • Robotics
  • Thermal Energy Systems