Mechanical engineers use principles of mechanics and energy to do research and to develop, design, manufacture, and test tools, machines, motors, engines and other mechanical devices.
They work on power-producing machines and develop power-using machines. They also work in areas such as the medical field, patents and other legal activities, management, forensic engineering, environmental engineering, and engineering sales. Learn more about working as a mechanical engineer.
Mission at KU in Mechanical Engineering
The mission of the University of Kansas, Department of Mechanical Engineering is to provide our students with a high quality education, to generate and apply knowledge, and to serve both society and the engineering profession. The program educational objectives for the Department of Mechanical Engineering in support of our mission are that our graduates will be:
- technically skilled in the application of the principles of mechanical engineering, and demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and in teams;
- successful in their chosen career paths, demonstrating the attitudes, abilities, and personal leadership to effectively adapt to our changing global society while maintaining and promoting the highest engineering, professional, and ethical standards; and
- actively engaged in continuous learning and professional growth throughout their careers while productively contributing to their organizations and communities.
Learn more about mechanical engineering at KU.
Our Faculty and Staff
The mechanical engineering faculty represent diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. Varied interests include thermal energy, biomechanical engineering, internal combustion engines, robotics, computer software engineering, computer-aided manufacturing, heat transfer, and composite materials. Many professors take their industrial experience to the classroom. Visit our Faculty & Staff page to learn more.
Mechanical Engineering Research
Some concepts/processes cannot be taught entirely within the confines of a classroom. Because pertinent and timely research is the heart of any university-level educational program, the University of Kansas Department of Mechanical Engineering is committed to maintaining a variety of research programs. Undergraduate research experience is encouraged. Learn more about mechanical engineering research at KU.