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Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Rowan University

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers design machines, devices, and methods to solve problems. They understand the dynamics of mechanical devices and know how to control their operation. Transportation vehicles, methods of energy conversion, control systems, environmental systems, manufacturing and biomedical systems are just a few examples of mechanical engineers' work.

For specific examples of projects that Rowan mechanical engineering students work on as they learn the science, skills, and art of engineering, please follow this link to the "Engineering Clinics" page. For a more in depth exploration of the range of activities that mechanical engineers perform, please visit the homepage of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Mechanical engineering course work has a solid core in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and the engineering sciences. Mechanical engineering is also computer oriented in that the computer is used extensively for problem solving and engineering design. At Rowan, we have extensive rapid-prototyping and manufacturing facilities for the realization of student designs. The motto of Rowan mechanical engineering is "Design, Build and Test," and every graduate from our program is proficient in all three aspects, making them extremely marketable to local and national industries, government agencies, and graduate schools.

For information about our curriculum, please see the Required Course List overview. For advising on the Senior year, please see the Senior Year Advising Guide.

There is also an ME minor available to qualified students.

For more information about our program, please contact the department chairperson either by e-mail or by telephone.

For department facts, please visit here.


"Being the broadest of all engineering programs, mechanical engineers have their fingerprints on practically everything we use. Take for instance a car, mechanical engineers study the aerodynamics to design their exteriors, understand the combustion and fluid mechanics to develop the engine systems, recognize the vehicle dynamics to optimize the drive train, appreciate the material requirements to mass produce a reliable vehicle, and are keenly aware of potential dangers to design safety systems. The same involvement can be detailed for energy production systems, building environmental control systems, industrial automation or robotics, transportation systems and biological systems. To prepare our students for such a wide variety of applications we focus our attention towards the key steps that make any product or a system successful. Our students learn to base their DESIGN on engineering fundamentals, ANALYZE their ideas using industry standard tools, BUILD prototypes to appreciate the challenge of fabrication and finally TEST their designs for performance. This 'Design, Analyze, Build, and Test' philosophy is at the core of our graduates, making them well-suited for industrial jobs, governmental positions, and graduate schools." — By Dr. Smitesh Bakrania, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Rowan University