Mechanical engineering is one of the largest and broadest engineering disciplines, involving the study of both mechanical and fluid/thermal systems. Built on a foundation of physics, chemistry, and mathematics, the mechanical engineering program at Penn State Behrend teaches students to solve problems. Mechanical engineers research, design, test, manufacture, and operate products ranging from automobiles to rocket engines.
At Penn State Behrend, students learn to use scientific and engineering methods to devise useful products that are safe, reliable, and cost effective. Studies begin in mathematics, mechanics, and thermodynamics and progress to courses such as machine design, heat transfer, and system dynamics. Students also learn how to apply scientific principles, engineering analysis, and engineering design to solve unstructured problems. In their senior year, students work in small teams with individual faculty to complete capstone design projects. Most projects are sponsored by industry partners, giving students the opportunity to work on industry projects while completing their education.