Mechanical Engineering

As high as your dreams can take you--that’s where you’ll go with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Miami.  You may choose research at the finest graduate schools in the world, working with the industry’s top design engineers at firms like General Electric,Ford Motors, Florida Power and Light, Lockheed, Caterpillar, Schlumberger, BP Oil or as a member of a team of development engineers working on the next generation of space exploration techniques at NASA.  All these exciting opportunities, and more, are there for you during and after your University of Miami education..

What will you study?  Some of the topics covered in Mechanical Engineering Program:

  • Machine Design
  • Materials including composites
  • System Design and Safety
  • Strength of Materials
  • Testing in Wind Tunnels
  • Mechanical and Measurements
  • Thermal and Fluid Systems Design
  • Controls and Robotics
  • Engine Analysis and Design
  • Materials Testing
  • Heat Transfer
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Finite Element Method
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Degrees offered include the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering,  the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace Engineering Concentration,  dual major in Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace, and the five-year Bachelors of  Science/Master’s in Mechanical Engineering.

Your studies will include intensive exposure to theory and practice as well as hands-on laboratory work.   We encourage students to gain industry and government experience through internships and co-op work.  Our University/Academic partners include Lockheed Martin, United Space Alliance (USA), Embraer, Pratt & Whitney, NASA, the Defense Intelligence Agency and many others. 

Here at the University of Miami College of Engineering we believe in giving our students the best academic experience as well as the strongest exposure to industry opportunities and research innovations.  Come race with us-become a Hurricane Mechanical Engineer!

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mechanical Engineering program is to provide excellent undergraduate education in Mechanical Engineering that will prepare graduates to meet society’s changing needs and aspirations.

The Bachelor of Science Program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET —

Educational Objectives

The objectives of the mechanical Engineering Program are to prepare graduates who, within the first four to six years after graduation are, either:

  • Working as a professional or as an entrepreneur in an area closely related to mechanical engineering, or
  • Exhibit lifelong learning by pursuing or having completed a graduate or professional degree and/or demonstrated professional development


Students who qualify for graduation in the Mechanical engineering program will have demonstrated the following:

  1. An ability to apply the knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as the ability to analyze and interpret data.
  3. 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.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Enrollment and Graduate Statistics

Options (Concentrations) in Mechanical Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering
    • An option has been developed to allow students to have a concentration of courses in Aerospace engineering.  This option in aerospace is built on the existing accredited degree program in Mechanical Engineering and is staffed by regular faculty members.
  • Internal Combustion Engine
    • This option is designed to acquaint the mechanical engineering student with the fundamental science and engineering underlying the design of combustion engines and the fundamentals of emission formation in combustion systems.  Included are studies of conventional fuels and alternative fuels such as hydrogen and methanol

Other than the above, a variety of options are available, including:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • HVAC Systems
  • Sustainable Engineering

Featured Research

The Use of Alternative Fuels in Internal Combustion Engines

The Safe Use of Gaseous Hydrogen