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
- Low tuition: UDC is one of the most affordable universities in the premier capital region and 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.
- Transportation: Located right off the red line Van Ness-UDC metro stop, campus is easily accessible from Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, offering economical public transport and convenience. Students can live off campus without compromising ease of commute.
- Laboratories and resources: The ME department has received five brand new 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 ~15 min 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).
Who joins UDC’s ME department:
The ME department at UDC welcomes individuals interested in ME department or interesting in knowing more about mechanical engineering. More specifically for students:
- Graduates from High School: High school students can integrate seamlessly into our 4-year program of study. Please see suggested ME curriculum to find the plan of studies for you. Current High School students are welcome to visit UDC and even work with ME faculty. Please contact ME faculty for guidance and support.
- International and Transfer Students: Based on your previous degree our coursework and its evaluation report, a plan of study will be catered specifically to you. We are working with many International Universities and Colleges to develop programs. Please contact us at MechEng@udc.edu for more information.
- Graduates of Community Colleges: Community college students are encouraged to apply. We have an existing agreement with several neighboring community colleges like Montgomery College and NOVA to enable you to seamlessly transfer a large number of credits that you earned in community college towards your Bachelor’s Degree in ME. The University of the District of Columbia agrees to guarantee annual Fall term admission to UDC’s baccalaureate degree programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science for a Montgomery County and NOVA students who fulfill both of the requirements described below:
- Completes an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Engineering or Computer Science preceding matriculation to the University. Students are must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 by the time of matriculation into UDC.
- Has earned a minimum of 54 transferable credit hours, 45 or more of which are from Montgomerey College or NOVA. The 54-credit minimum may include dual enrollment credit, AP, IB, and credits from another accredited institutions.
Transfer students who meet both of the above requirements but apply for admission to UDC for the spring semester will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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.
General Admission Requirements for the ME Department
The University of the District of Columbia agrees to guarantee annual Fall term admission to UDC and to a baccalaureate degree program in SEAS for a MC and NOVA student who fulfills all of the requirements described below:
- Completes an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Engineering or Computer Science at MC preceding matriculation to the University. Students are must have a MC cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 by the time of matriculation into UDC.
- Has earned a minimum of 54 transferable credit hours, 45 or more of which are from MC and NOVA. The 54-credit minimum may include dual enrollment credit, AP, IB, and credits from another accredited institutions.
- MC transfer students who meet all of the above requirements but apply for admission to UDC for the spring semester will be considered on a case-by-case basis.