Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program

Innovate and design as an undergraduate mechanical engineering student

Become the complete engineer with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Dayton.  We offer cooperative education, service-learning, and innovative design programs to help you toward your goals. 

Our region has a long history of innovation, design, aerospace and manufacturing that benefits aspiring engineers, so the transition from your student career to a professional career in mechanical, aerospace or renewable and clean energy engineering is made easier. 

We have a high retention rate through graduation, more co-op positions than we can fill, a high job and graduate school placement rate, and our graduating seniors consistently rate their learning experience as more effective than graduates from peer institutions, so we must be doing something right!

Mechanical Engineering students and faculty in action:

Solar Splash >>

Wheels For Kids Bike Giveaway Day >>

Mechanical engineering student talks about how enriching her experience has been at the University of Dayton >>

Dr. Drew Murray wins the 2013 University of Dayton Alumni Award in Teaching >>

Dr. Margie Pinnell wins the 2008 University of Dayton Alumni Teaching Award >>

Dr. Margie Pinnell shares her teaching style with other UD professors >>

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About our undergraduate mechanical engineering program

The University of Dayton maintains strong relationships with industry partners, which provides you with a wealth of opportunities through cooperative education and internship programs.  In addition, your access to service-learning programs and international study opportunities will broaden your learning experience.  More than 90 percent of mechanical engineering students participate in extended learning.  Many students are active in professional societies and competitions — winning accolades for professional development, service and social activities.

The School of Engineering's Innovation Center gives you real innovation experience through teamwork with fellow engineering students on an engineering project sponsored by industry, small-business start-ups or social entrepreneurs.  You see the real-world project from start to finish and present your final results to your sponsor.

Our well-equipped laboratories in Kettering Laboratories and the Advanced Integrating Manufacturing Center (AIM) represent a large-scale engineering education center.  The Aerospace Laboratory includes a 150 mph wind tunnel and a fully programmable flight simulator.   The Energy Laboratory provides computer data acquisition with a wide variety of experience in thermal and renewable energy systems.  The Biomechanics Laboratory facilitates detailed experiments on human motion and balance, while the Materials Laboratory gives students hands on experience with metals, ceramic and composites.

The Department is committed to educating you in design, testing, manufacturing and research; and we lead by example and practice.  Educating students to use energy resources more effectively is a theme throughout our program.  Classes are always taught by professors.  Our faculty is known for their accessibility, advising and mentorship outside the classroom as well as inside.

Undergraduate students may choose from two concentrations in areas of aerospace engineering or energy systems and 16 minors in such areas as computer systems, engineering mechanics, industrial engineering and structures in the School of Engineering, and in areas such as music, languages, business and political science. The Department recently established a Bachelor's Plus Master's Program that permits you to complete the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and the Master of Science degree in materials engineering, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering or engineering management or a Master's in Business Administration.

Our department is home to about 500 undergraduate and 200 graduate students.  We also offer master's and doctoral programs in aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering. The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET).