Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers have the skills to support design and improvement of a wide range of products from supersonic aircraft to toasters and bicycles. Mechanical engineers may specialize in areas like combustion, thermal systems, machine design and robotics or crossover into advanced technologies such as artificial limbs and nanotechnology.
As a mechanical engineering undergraduate, you learn the science and engineering principles of designing and building machines, structures, components, power trains, pumps, compressors, turbines, engines, power plants, furnaces, refrigerators, air conditioners, and more.
Mechanical engineers are the general practitioners of the engineering profession and they are involved in essentially every engineering application. It is not possible to list all of the areas that depend on mechanical engineers. However, traditional areas include power plants and rotating equipment, heating and refrigeration, robotics, machine design, materials processing, process control and general manufacturing. Mechanical engineers are increasingly being called upon to improve the efficiency of processes so that they require less energy and production time and are sustainable, with reduced impact on the environment.
Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam is a Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include solar energy, solar assisted heat pumps, wind energy, alternative fuels, supersonic mixing and combustion, atomization, sprays and fuel injection and thermal-fluids systems. He is an active member of ASHRAE, SAE, ASME, and ASEE.
Dr. Arun Aneja is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include In-situ nano-composite formation, technology development for circular economy for textile waste recycling, and corporate resiliency.
Dr. John Choi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests are in the area of Biothermal Engineering with applications in cryosurgery, cryopreservation, and thermal therapies.
Ms. Karen DeUrquidi is an Engineering Student Advisor and Visiting Instructor in the Department of Engineering. Her research interests are engineering education and the persistence of underrepresented populations in post secondary engineering programs.
Dr. Hayden Griffin is the Chair of the Department of Engineering. His research interests include engineering education, how people learn engineering and engineering student development.
Dr. William "Ed" Howard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include design analysis and manufacturing of advanced composite structures, engineering design processes including modern design tools such as solid modeling, rapid prototyping, finite element analysis, and motion analysis.
Dr. John Reis is a Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include engineering design, engineering education, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. His professional memberships include American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Society for Engineering Education.
Dr. Teresa Ryan specializes in mechanical engineering fundamentals such as Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, and Vibrations. She also focuses on technical communication skills within an engineering context. Her research interests include the dynamics of complex structures: optical measurement systems (laser Doppler vibrometry) for a wide variety of applications including percussion instruments, landmines and improvised explosive devices, microelectromechanical.
Dr. Brian Sylcott is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research focuses on the product design and development process and employs methods from several disciplines including engineering, marketing, and cognitive neuroscience to develop new approaches to design for subjective product attributes such as form and emotion.
Dr. Chris Venters is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include conceptual knowledge development in engineering science courses, relationships between conceptual and procedural knowledge, writing-to-learn in engineering, expertise and metacognition.
Career opportunities for mechanical engineers exist in a wide range of business and industry
The mechanical engineering concentration continues to be the most popular concentration among engineering students at East Carolina University and the demand for graduates in the mechanical engineering field continues to grow.
Mechanical engineering students that stay in the eastern North Carolina region after graduation quickly find employment in their field.
Check out some information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on employment in the field of Mechanical Engineering.
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Society of Automotive Engineers
Society of Manufacturing Engineers