Mechanical engineers are focused on the design, planning, and development of all types of machines and other mechanical devices ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles to gas turbines to miniature nanoelectromechanical systems known as NEMS.
The Mechanical Engineering department at Boston University emphasizes world-class interdisciplinary research, student-faculty interaction, and a department-wide sense of community and global responsibility.
The Bachelor of Science program is structured for maximum flexibility, allowing students to gain specialization in up-and-coming areas within mechanical engineering while obtaining the broad-based fundamentals that will allow them to thrive in a variety of fields. Students have the option of minoring in biomedical, computer, electrical or systems engineering; materials science and engineering; or choosing from a range of options outside the College of Engineering. Alternatively, students may choose to concentrate in aerospace engineering, energy technologies, manufacturing engineering, nanotechnology, or technology innovation.
For graduate students, BU offers Master of Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy programs in Mechanical Engineering, and Master of Engineering and Master of Science programs in Manufacturing Engineering. A MS/DLP (distance learning program) in Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering is also available; it uses videoconferencing and on-demand video streaming technologies to enable students to apply classroom learning immediately to work-related challenges. The specialized MS degree in Global Manufacturing takes place at Boston University and in Germany and is aimed at creating a new type of “global engineer,” both answering the industry demand and giving an upcoming engineer a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace. The Department of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Management offer a coordinated Master of Science/Master of Business Administration program which prepares recent graduates or practicing professionals who are committed to careers in industry for positions as manufacturing managers.
Research initiatives conducted jointly by students and professors help advance the science and technology of mechanical engineering through topics such as acoustics and vibrations; biomechanics; computational science and engineering; dynamics; robotics, systems and controls; thermofluid sciences, energy and sustainability; materials; and MEMS & nanotechnology.