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Department of Mechanical Engineering
Building 42, Suite 213
4200 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
phone 202.274.5126 |  202.274.6232 |  MechEng@udc.edu | UDC ME

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) offers one of the few and longest-standing ABET accredited Mechanical Engineering (ME) bachelor’s of science (BS) programs in the DC region.

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UDC SEAS Mechanical Engineering Faculty Honored: Dr. Lara Thompson attends Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Ph.D. Graduation Exercises

Dr. Lara Thompson, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UDC, is a Ph.D. graduate of the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology (HST).  This unique program exposes its students to teachings from MIT, Harvard Medical School (HMS), Harvard University, as well as several Boston area teaching hospitals.  This one of a kind collaboration nurtures the integration of science, medicine and engineering to solve problems in human health.  HST’s diverse culture drives its students to progress towards vibrant careers as medical pioneers.

Dr. Thompson’s Ph.D. from Harvard-MIT HST in the field of Biomedical Engineering was conferred September 2013.  Her thesis, entitled “A Study of the Effects of Sensory State on Rhesus Monkey Postural Control”, helped to characterize the effects of an invasive vestibular implant on posture.  Dr. Thompson also holds a M.S. in Aero/Astro Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. 

In September 2013, Dr. Thompson joined the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) Mechanical Engineering faculty at UDC. She enjoys working with, teaching and mentoring students. She is currently active in starting up a Biomedical Engineering (BME) Program within the UDC SEAS, constructing a BME lab, teaching courses, as well as many other synergistic activities.

Dr. Lara Thompson Dr. Lara Thompson at Killian Court


UDC ME Student microscopy photo receives recognition Life: Magnified Exhibit at Washington Dulles Airport

Eva Mutunga, a recent UDC ME graduate, and Dr. Kate Klein, her mentor, will have their microscopy image on display at the Dulles Exhibit ("Life: Magnified") through November 2014.

The "Life: Magnified" exhibit is at the Gateway Gallery at Dulles Airport (Concourse C by United Airlines) Eva's image was selected for display from over 600 submissions.

Click here to download invitation.

Here are a few photos of the grand opening of the exhibit! (Click images to enlarge)

Life: Magnified Exhibit at Washington Dulles AirportLife: Magnified Exhibit at Washington Dulles AirportLife: Magnified Exhibit at Washington Dulles Airport

Life: Magnified Exhibit at Washington Dulles Airport


Senior Capstone Projects 2014 

Senior Capstone Projects represent the culmination of the educational experience, integrating the classroom with real world problems.  The students handle open ended engineering problems whose solutions require a synthesis of engineering knowledge, analysis, creativity, market needs, safety and esthetics.  Projects are carried out by students and supervised by instructors and industry mentors.