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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Mechanical Engineering

An Overview

Mechanical Engineering comprises a wide range of activities that include researching, designing, developing, manufacturing, managing and controlling engineering systems and their components. The many industrial sectors to which mechanical engineers make substantial contributions include:

  • aerospace/defense,
  • automotive,
  • biotechnology/pharmaceutical,
  • chemical/petroleum,
  • computers/electronics,
  • construction,
  • consumer/food products,
  • energy/nuclear,
  • heavy/off-road equipment,
  • engineering consulting,
  • thermal systems,
  • graduate education,among others.

Beyond these traditional roles, mechanical engineers are increasingly pursuing a number of non-traditional career paths including:

  • business/financial services,
  • dentistry,
  • education,
  • engineering and public policy,
  • law (patent law and intellectual property), and
  • medicine/healthcare (prosthetics, surgical robotics and instruments, human motion kinetics, etc.).

As such, mechanical engineering is the broadest of all of the engineering disciplines and provides the widest range of career opportunities.  Graduates of the School of Mechanical Engineering have gone on to become CEOs, entrepreneurs, chief engineers, business analysts, astronauts, faculty, physicians, dentists, patent lawyers and public policy leaders, and entrepreneurs.


Students interested in pursuing undergraduate research opportunities in the School of Mechanical Engineering are encouraged to contact faculty who conduct research in their chosen area of interest.  A comprehensive list of Mechanical Engineering faculty along with a brief resume for each is provided at the link listed below.

Contact Information

Questions concerning any aspect of the School of Mechanical Engineering can be directed to any of the following offices.

Undergraduate Office

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088
Phone: (765) 494-5689
Fax: (765) 494-0051

Graduate Office and

Development Office


Graduate Information

For Graduate Information please see Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Information .




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