Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering (ME) is used to advance the following: aerospace and automobile industries, renewable energy, nanotechnology, applied thermofluids, the development of biomedical devices and others. The Mechanical Engineering program at UDC prepares students for a variety of career opportunities through a unique combination of hands-on experience, state-of-the-art technologies, and innovative teaching methods.  A number of new faculty have joined the ME program at UDC to strengthen its core curriculum and foster new initiatives. The ME faculty at UDC are actively engaged in the innovative research in the areas of: Nanotechnology, Renewable energy, Heat Transfer, and Biomedical engineering.  Our ME faculty also have strong collaborations with neighboring federal laboratories, industry, and other universities.


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.

In order to prepare its graduates to pursue a productive and meaningful career characterized by continued professional growth, the primary objective of the Mechanical Engineering Department is to provide students a coherent program of instruction in order to prepare its graduates to pursue a productive and meaningful career characterized by continued professional growth. The BS in Mechanical Engineering degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET  (  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.

Programs of Study

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the following programs:


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Dr. Kate Klein, Chair
Building 42, Room 212-R

All prospective students are encouraged to contact ME faculty to get current information.