The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers undergraduate programs in mechanical engineering, and materials science and engineering. Both programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. These programs cover traditional engineering fundamentals and develop the skills for modern engineering analysis and design. Laboratory and computer experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum. Most required courses are offered in both day and evening sections at least once a year.
Program Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the basic principles of mechanical engineering.
Demonstrate engineering competency in one of two concentration areas: design or thermofluids.
Recognize the need for life‐long learning.
Demonstrate their ability to communicate engineering ideas and techniques.
Demonstrate a mathematical competency above that of an undergraduate engineering student.
Why Choose Mechanical Engineering?
Mechanical engineers focus on the analysis, design, automation, fabrication, testing, evaluation, and optimization of mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers are designers and problem solvers who are involved, in some way, with practically everything around us.
Historically, mechanical engineering (ME) includes two branches of study. The first deals with heat, fluids, and energy, such as combustion in a rocket engine, the wind and water flow past a racing yacht, or the design of a solar panel for a space station. The second area concerns force and motion in mechanical systems such as determining robot trajectories, analyzing automotive vibration and noise, and computing stress levels in the wings of a new aircraft.
"Best undergraduate engineering programs," U.S. News & World Report, 2019
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wright State's undergraduate engineering programs as No. 146 among hundreds of engineering programs across the nation. The program faculty are dedicated to student success and offer one-on-one support to all students. The university is also located in Dayton, Ohio, a hub of technical expertise in industrial engineering, human factors engineering, aerospace, unmanned aerial systems, engineering innovation, and more for internships and future career advancement.
Mechanical engineers are the leading designers of cars and airplanes, jet and rocket engines, robotics, and machinery. They design, build and maintain machines of all sizes—massive to nano-sized.
With a degree in ME, you can work in engineering services, research and development, manufacturing industries, amusement parks, the federal government, and more.
Our graduates are employed by:
BerrieHill Research Corporation
Emerson Climate Technologies
Honda of America Manufacturing
Navistar International Corporation
Materials Resources LLC
NuVasive Manufacturing, LLC.
Ranly Design Innovations
UTC Aerospace Systems
YASKAWA Motoman Robotics
Our graduates work as:
Advanced Manufacturing Engineer
We encourage you to apply skills learned in the classroom through study abroad, undergraduate research, co-op/internships, and/or service-learning. You will learn from qualified professionals who actively work in the field of mechanical engineering and work on mechanical engineering projects, allowing you to apply your classroom education to real-world situations.
Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify your desired major on the application. If you meet university admission requirements you are admitted to the college.
Accreditation and Program Outcomes
Annual Student Enrollment:
866 in Fall 2018
683 in Fall 2019
86 in Spring 2018
120 in Spring 2019
The program educational objectives for the Mechanical Engineering program are:
Objective 1: Be employed in the engineering profession or pursuing graduate studies
Objective 2: Successfully compete in a globally integrated environment
Objective 3: Be engaged in life-long learning through continuing education and other avenues in a rapidly changing technical environment
Students who complete the B.S. in mechanical engineering will have:
An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
An ability to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret data.
An 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.
An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
An ability to communicate effectively.
The broad education, necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
A knowledge of contemporary issues.
An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.