According to US News, a degree in Mechanical Engineering (ME) allows for a career with high upward mobility, medium stress level, and good flexibility (meaning balanced work and personal life). Furthermore, average salary is approximately $80,000/yr and high end salary is approximately $122,000/yr (http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/mechanical-engineer).
Mechanical Engineering UDC: Biomedical Engineering, Renewable Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, and Nanotechnology.
Top reasons to choose ME department at UDC
- ABET Accredited: UDC offers a BS in ME that is accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).
- Faculty: The Mechanical Engineering department at UDC has six enthusiastic professors to assist you with your career ambitions. The diverse ME faculty are graduates of highly reputed institutes in US. Their area of expertise include: biomedical engineering, renewable energy, aerodynamics, advanced manufacturing and nanotechnology.
- Funding during your study: The ME faculty are highly active in research and have funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DoD), Air Force Office of Sponsored Research (AFOSR), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and industrial companies like WMATA and Carl Zeiss. These offer hands-on, research-based learning and financial support to motivated and competent students of all levels. In addition, there are a large number of scholarships, internships, and job opportunities to which you can apply for additional support while pursuing your degree.
- Career opportunities: UDC is surrounded by a large number of industries, federal institutions, and premier research institutions. Our mechanical engineering students are employed at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Naval Research Lab (NRL), Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Boeing and other intuitions.
- Laboratories and resources: The ME department has educational and research laboratories to give our students the best possible quality learning experience. Some of our state-of the-art labs are dedicated for biomedical engineering, renewable energy, advanced manufacturing with 3D printing, and nanotechnology.
- Student activities: The ME department has some of the most active student groups on campus such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). While preparing for a bright future, our students travel all around the US and participate in engineering conferences, outreach, and competitions to have a fun-filled and memorable college experience.
Upon joining the ME Department:
You will be paired with a faculty advisor to mentor you throughout your studies. You will receive current information about various concentrations and programs. In the first semester, you will be enrolled in the Introduction to Engineering course where you will learn about various forms of engineering while doing hands-on, fun-filled projects. This is also good time to join student groups, such as ASME, SWE, NSBE and others, where you get to know your peers and become involved in engineering activities. Along with your studies and being a part of active societies, you can also start working on research projects with the ME departmental faculty (e.g., on funded projects or exploratory work). Aside from your work with an ME faculty member, you can also pursue internships in a vast number of industries, research labs, and government organizations to add new skills to your tool-set. There are also opportunities for student competitions, travel to conferences, workshops, and tours of various labs. Furthermore, UDC is about 15 minutes away by Metro from the world-famous Smithsonian museums, and is also very close to number of premier research labs and agencies (e.g., NASA, NRL, NIST, NIH).
All prospective students are encouraged to contact ME faculty to get current information. We can arrange a one-on-one meeting with faculty or even give you a tour of our department and facilities to inform you about various specialized concentrations and programs available in our department. We are excited to welcome prospective students throughout the year and are willing to help you walk through the admission process.
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