Academics - Undergraduate


The Department of Mechanical Engineering has adopted a structured approach to undergraduate advising. Incoming freshman and transfer students are advised by members of the undergraduate committee for general program advisement to ensure that students stay on track in the curriculum.

The College of Engineering strongly encourages all undergraduates to meet with their advisor at least once a semester - normally this occurs during the registration period for the coming semester. See the Frequently Asked Questions about academic advisement and download the appropriate advisement flowchart for either the current program or for the program starting with students entering Fall 2017.

As students complete the first few years of required coursework they begin thinking more about the future directions in the program and in career advising, including which areas of mechanical engineering they find particularly interesting. Faculty/student mentoring becomes increasingly important, and students are offered the opportunity to be assigned to a faculty advisor who better aligns with their interests. In the winter of their sophomore year, (prior to registration for junior-year fall classes) sophomores receive an email asking them to indicate areas of interest and are assigned an advisor with expertise in those areas. Areas of interest include:

Aerospace EngineeringGraduate Programs
Biomedical EngineeringManufacturing Science
Composite MaterialsMaterials and Nanotechnology
Dynamic SystemsRobotics and Control
Environmental and Bio-Fluid MechanicsSolid Mechanics
FluidsThermal Sciences
Fuel CellsUndecided

Assignments are made by the department based upon student interest and to keep the number of advisees per faculty at a reasonable level. Students can ask to be re-assigned to a different advisor at any time simply by contacting the Main Office, Mechanical Engineering. If there is an emergency or an advisor is not available, students can always contact the Department's Associate Chairperson for Undergraduate Education, or the College of Engineering's Assistant Dean for Advising.

Students are further encouraged to contact the Career Services Center to assist in the development and implementation of career and educational plans.

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