Mechanical Engineering: The UDC Edge

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia offers one of the few and longest-standing ABET accredited mechanical engineering bachelor’s programs in the capital region. With this seal of approval, students are guaranteed to enjoy a modern learning experience driven by specific learning outcomes and focused around professionally-driven skills and competencies.

Within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, interdisciplinary areas include: Nanotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, and Renewable Energy.  In addition, the bachelor’s program in mechanical engineering at UDC has one of the lowest faculty-to-student ratios and highest percentage of courses taught by full-time faculty of any program in the region. As a result, UDC offers an experienced, expert faculty who serve as teachers, advisors, mentors, and role models for students in and out of the classroom.

Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree program at the University of the District of Columbia helps you to develop the technical, problem-solving and analytical skills needed to design, build, and foster innovations in mechanical systems.  The program offers a balanced curriculum in engineering sciences, design, experimentation, computer skills, and ethical standards along with a liberal arts education in mathematics, sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

The program is accredited by the Engineering Accrediting Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Inc.

Program of Study


Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Mechanical Engineering Program

Students take a 128 credit hour plan of study to earn the bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Graduates are prepared to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination to become a licensed professional engineer (PE).

The primary objective of the mechanical engineering bachelor’s program at UDC is to give students the knowledge, skills, and tools they need for a successful engineering career or advanced study in the field.  The mechanical engineering curriculum emphasizes the study of energy systems, including renewable energy, and also covers topics such as:

  • Microcontrollers and robotics
  • Environmental engineering
  • Engineering in a global context
  • Thermal and fluid sciences
  • Material science
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Computer applications.

Program Mission, Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes


The UDC Department of Mechanical Engineering serves the technological needs of society, especially with regards to the constructed environment in District of Columbia and Washington Metropolitan Region. We produce a diverse population of engineers, each possessing a superior technical foundation and a well-rounded liberal education. We thrive to create new opportunities for the communities and public and private industries of District of Colombia and beyond.

We create an academic environment within and outside of classroom that supports individual and group success through constant improvement. Our faculty focuses on learning, research and service – our core competencies. Our students are active learners, motivated to serve society. Our departmental administrators and staff are stewards of our self-governance, our roles within the university, and our support processes.

Through individual dedication, we contribute to our group success. We value critical thinking, innovation, individual responsibility, teamwork, and leadership.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the mechanical engineering program are expected within a few years of graduation to have:

  • Established themselves as practicing professionals in the capacity as policy makers and leaders in government and industry and/or be engaged in advanced study in mechanical engineering or a related field;
  • Demonstrated their ability to successfully work both independently and as members of a professional team in the formulation and design of complex engineering systems; and function effectively as responsible professionals with effective communication skills;
  • Shown a commitment to lifelong learning through ongoing professional training and development, leadership training, and research opportunities in order to gain a deeper understanding of the social, ethical, and environmental context of changing global conditions.

Program Enrollment & Graduation Data

Program: BS Mechanical Engineering
Student enrollment in Fall 2015 56
Number of graduates in AY14-15 3

Student Outcomes

Students graduating from the mechanical engineering program are expected to acquire the following:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply the engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration for public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Mechanical Engineering Program

The STEM Center for Research and Development is a valuable resource for mechanical engineering students, offering courses and enrichment activities designed to boost academic and professional competency, provide research opportunities, and increase student retention and graduation rates.

Mechanical engineering students at UDC also participate in a number of formal student organizations and associations such as:

  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) – Building 42, Room 213
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NBSE) – Building 42, Room 115
  • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) – Building 42, Room 213
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) – Building 42, Room 213
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) – Building 42, Room 213
  • More student organizations in the School of Engineering

Every February, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences hosts a week of special events to inspire current and future engineers at UDC. Engineers Week includes lab visits, project presentations, networking opportunities and other events sponsored by student groups and affiliated organizations.

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Mechanical Engineering Program

A. Segun Adebayo, professor of mechanical engineering, studies the aerodynamics of rotors, aeroacoustics of aircraft engines, fluid dynamics of rotating machines and airborne pollution transport phenomena and its impact on watersheds.

Dr. Pawan Tyagi, assistant professor, of mechanical engineering, studies nanotechnology-enabled photovoltaic cells, integration of renewable energy technologies for developing zero energy communities and computational facilities, nano-biosensors, molecular spintronics and engineering education. He serves as editor of the International Journal of Energy Engineering.

Career Pathways and Prospects

Mechanical engineers are in high demand, and a mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree from UDC will prepare you for career opportunities in both the private and public sector. You can find UDC engineering alumni working at the D.C. Metropolitan Transit Authority, NASA, Xerox, Motorola, Northwest Airlines, AT&T and the National Institutes of Health, just to name a few.

Your mechanical engineering degree also provides excellent preparation for you to pursue graduate studies right here at UDC or at other local and national institutions.

Regardless of your continuing education or career aspirations, a degree from one of the strongest ABET accredited engineering programs in the region will give you a leg up in achieving your personal and professional goals.

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