By the Numbers
Companies rely on mechanical engineers to design, develop, maintain, test and improve their most important systems, equipment and machinery. In our program, you’ll develop the analytical and technological skills necessary for careers in diverse fields, from transportation and robotics to alternative energy and nanotechnology.
With years of experience in the field, our engineering faculty members teach you the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, control theory, engineering design and more. Whether you see yourself rebuilding automotive engines, designing transport systems or manufacturing industrial equipment, you’ll get the foundation and skills necessary to succeed in your area of interest.
More than a dozen state-of-the-art labs and classrooms—including a circuits and controls lab, a hydraulics lab and a fabrications lab—provide you with an experiential and collaborative learning experience. In a multidisciplinary environment, you acquire the expertise to design and conduct experiments, perform materials testing and build prototypes and models of your own design. Powerful software tools and 3D printers allow you to bring those designs to life.
Our mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, meaning it meets the highest standards of engineering education. Its innovative combination of modern theory, interdisciplinary field projects and powerful internships builds the foundation necessary to launch a rewarding career.
Building a Sustainable World
Eco-bricks made simpler
Mechanical engineering alumnus Christopher Monferrato ’17 could honestly say that his senior capstone project will one day help build eco-friendly schools for rural communities in Guatemala.
Called “bottle schools,” the structures eschew the use of cinder blocks for plastic bottles filled with non-organic trash called “eco bricks.” Eco-bricks are cheap to make and help solve Guatemala’s garbage problem, but take a long time to produce. Monferrato’s purpose was clear: build a machine capable of filling multiple bottles at once that is time-efficient, durable and cost-effective.
Monferrato and his peers successfully designed and built a prototype that could load, pack and compress up to five bottles in five minutes. They hope the final device will be simple enough to be operated by both children and adults.
“In order for this to work, the entire community has to get involved,” said Monferrato. “It’s very empowering for them.”Read the full story
Leadership through example
When Grant Crawford joined Quinnipiac in 2014 as a professor of mechanical engineering, he brought with him nearly 30 years of practical leadership experience. As a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, Crawford had led teams of diverse individuals all over the world, from Germany to Iraq to South Korea, and later mentored in the engineering facility at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan, in Kabul.
Given his achievements as a leader, practicing engineer and educator, his nomination for president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) came as no surprise to peers and students.
"Engagement with the ASEE perfectly aligns with my two passions; teaching engineering and serving others," he said.
Crawford is no stranger to the ASEE. In his sixth year on the board of directors, he founded the organization's Military and Veteran's Division. He also has led the Innovation Strategic Doing Team and serves on the Diversity, Public Policy and Long Range Planning committees. Crawford remains guided by the same sense of duty that was drilled into him long ago as a student at West Point, which he tries to instill in his students at Quinnipiac.
"As we continue to engage in national and global challenges, it is even more critical as engineering educators to promote our ability to make positive impacts in the lives and communities of those we serve," Crawford said.
Hard Hat Ceremony Photo Gallery
Students receive their hard hats and awards at our annual Hard Hat Ceremony
Faculty dedicated to student success
Quinnipiac’s School of Engineering professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors and a close-knit community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, certified, leading professionals.
The tools to create, collaborate and succeed
From the lathes and mills found in the machine shop, to the laser cutter workshop's high-powered Vytek 200W CO2 laser, our program's teaching equipment is immaculate and state of the art. Each piece of technology emphasizes principles in action — such as the air conditioning system trainer in our Thermal Heat and Transfer Lab, which illustrates the inner-workings of a large A/C unit and what it takes to overload it.
Beyond metals, machinery and energy transfer, a large part of our curriculum focuses on design, fabrication and precision. Our 3D Printing Room is equipped with FDM and PolyJet printers necessary to bring your ideas to life. In our Circuits Lab, you'll cover more of the finer skills required of mechanical engineers. Here, you will work with the same detailed circuitry that powers a range of everyday consumer items, from motors and computers to guitar amplifiers and electric toothbrushes.
Curriculum and Requirements
BS in Mechanical Engineering Curriculum
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program requires 127 credits.
|Foundations of Inquiry:|
|FYS 101||First-Year Seminar||3|
|EN 101||Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing||3|
|EN 102||Academic Writing and Research||3|
|MA 285||Applied Statistics||3|
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Lab
|EC 111||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|Personal Inquiry 1:|
|Choose one of the following:||4|
|General Biology I|
and General Biology I Lab
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry II Lab
|Humanities, Social Science, Fine Arts (2 classes; must be from two different areas)||6|
|Personal Inquiry 2:|
|ENR 110||The World of an Engineer||3|
|MA 151||Calculus I||4|
|PHY 121||University Physics||4|
|In addition to the University Curriculum, students majoring in Mechanical Engineering must complete the following requirements:|
|Foundational Courses for Mechanical Engineering|
|CSC 106||Introduction to Programming for Engineers||3|
|MA 153||Calculus II: Part A||2|
|MA 154||Calculus II: Part B||2|
|MA 251||Calculus III||4|
|MA 265||Linear Algebra and Differential Equations||4|
|PHY 122||University Physics II||4|
|Common Engineering Curriculum|
|ENR 210||Engineering Economics and Project Management||3|
|ENR 395||Professional Development Seminar||1|
|Mechanical Engineering Courses|
|Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design|
and Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design Lab
|Mechanics of Materials|
and Mechanics of Materials Lab
and Engineering Materials Lab
|MER 250||Computer Aided Design||3|
|MER 310||Fluid Mechanics||3|
|Introduction to Circuits|
and Introduction to Circuits Lab
|Manufacturing/Machine Component Design|
and Manufacturing/Machine Component Design Lab
|MER 350||Mechanical Engineering Design||3|
|MER 360||Heat Transfer||3|
|Dynamic Modeling and Control|
and Dynamic Modeling and Controls Lab
|MER 490||Engineering Professional Experience||1|
|MER 498||ME Major Design Experience||3|
|Mechanical Engineering Electives|
|Select two of the following MER technical electives:||6|
|Introduction to Applied Aerodynamics|
|Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing|
|Mechanical Measurement and Data Acquisition|
|Energy Conversion Systems|
|Aircraft Performance/Static Stability|
|Advanced Study in Mechanical Engineering|
|Select one of the following:||3|
One additional MER technical elective from above
Other 200-level or higher CER, IER or SER course with program director approval
Additional course details
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Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes
Program educational Objectives
Within four to seven years after graduation, mechanical engineering majors are expected to attain:
- Position(s) of responsibility in which they:
- work effectively in teams
- manage resources
- solve complex problems
- communicate information
- influence decisions
- act ethically
- balance constraints
- Self-development through formal and informal learning opportunities.
- Sustained employment and/or further education in a technical/professional field.
- Capacity to engage independently in meaningful creative endeavors.
Upon completion of the mechanical engineering program students will have acquired:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
Enrollment and Graduation Data
- 2018-19: 117
- 2017-18: 104
- 2016-17: 101
- 2015-16: 82
- 2014-15: 59
- 2013-14: 34
- 2012-13: 8
Number of Mechanical Engineering Program Graduates
- 2017-18: 20
- 2016-17: 9
- 2015-16: 12, Inaugural Class