Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering (or 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 BSME 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.

Program Enrollment & Graduation Data

Program: BS Mechanical Engineering
Student enrollment in Fall 2016 100
Number of graduates in AY15-16 10

ABET Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the mechanical engineering program are expected to have:

  • Established themselves as practicing professionals 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 development, leadership training, and research opportunities in order to gain a deeper understanding of the social, ethical, and environmental context of changing global conditions.

Students graduating from the Mechanical Engineering program will have acquired the following:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of the professional and ethical responsibility of an engineer
  7. An ability to communicate effectively through the use of written reports and oral presentations
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues in engineering
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Contact the Chair

Dean Sabine O'Hara
Dr. A. Segun Adebayo, Chair