Mechanical engineers apply the principles of motion, energy, and force to create mechanical solutions to technological problems, thereby realizing devices and systems that make life better. About one-fifth of all engineers practicing today are mechanical engineers. Their skills are used in research, development, design, testing, production, technical sales, technical management, as well as medicine, law, and business. Mechanical engineers are characterized by personal creativity, breadth of knowledge, and versatility. For these reasons they are found to function and thrive as valuable members and leaders of multidisciplinary teams. Mechanical engineers are employed in a wide range of industries; examples include agricultural/heavy equipment, biomedical, consulting, energy and power, manufacturing, product design and transportation.
Relevant Courses: ME 413, ME 414, EM 425, EM 544, TSM 335, AE 342, Other relevant courses can be found at the Tech Elective lists under “Agricultural Engineering”
Relevant Courses: Chem 331, Chem 331L, Chem 332, Chem 332L; Other relevant courses can be found under courses for a minor in Non-Destructive Evaluation
Relevant Courses: ME 415, ME 417, ME 419, ME 475, ME 625, EM 425
Relevant Topics to Computer Aided Design:
The skill of solid modeling is required in rapid prototyping. Do you know who on the ME faculty is an expert in solid modeling and various applications of solid modeling?
What is virtual reality?
Finite Element Analysis is widely used in industry. To learn more about FEA follow these links and take EM 425 in the Spring term.
Construction and Heavy Equipment
Relevant Courses: ME 414, ME 449, ME 549, EM 425, TSM 335, AE 342
Relevant Courses: Con E 380, ME 412, ME 441, ME 442, ME 466
If you would like to open your own consulting firm, you will need to acquire a P.E. license. The very first step in getting a P.E. license is passing the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
Relevant Courses: ME 411, ME 413, ME 414, ME 511, ME 574, ME 575; EE 475; Cpr E 308
What is control theory?
People interested in dynamic stability, robotics, avionics, or correcting mechanical error should consider courses involving control theory.
Professor Bernard is an expert in dynamic stability and teaches ME 549.
What is a dynamical system?
Dr. Bernard discusses this dynamical system in ME 549.
Relevant Courses: ME 433, ME 443, ME 444, ME 446, ME 475, ME 484, ME 530, ME 540; Any Biorenewable Resources Technology (BRT) courses
What is Biomass?
Who on the ME faculty is an expert in biomass research?
Professor Ron Nelson is the faculty advisor for PrISUm.
What Professor on the ME faculty is an expert at modeling thermal phenomena using Virtual Reality?
Professor Ted Heindel is an expert in the area of multiphase flow.
Relevant Courses: ME 433, ME 484; Con E 380; Any Biorenewable Resources Technology (BRT) courses; Any 300-400 level Environmental Science (EnSci) courses
- Public Policy
Interested in Public Policy?
Graduate Schools in Mechanical Engineering
- Iowa State University
- Stanford University-CA
- Georgia Tech
- University of llinois-Urbana
- University of Michigan
- University of California-Berkeley
What is the GRE?
Are you considering a career as an engineering professor?
Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration
Relevant Courses: ME 441, ME 442
- Columbia University-NY
- University of Chicago
- Drake University
- University of Iowa
- Stanford University-CA
Relevant Courses: ME 412; Con E 380
Relevant Courses: ME 418, ME 466, ME 520, ME 521, ME 528; EM 362, EM 362L; IE 348, IE 361, IE 419, IE 439, IE 448, IE 545X
Professor Chandra is interested in nano-scale fabrication.
Mechatronics and Robotics
Relevant Courses: ME 410, ME 411, ME 418, ME 511; TSM 465
Do you know what a neural net is?
What is mechatronics?
Professor Luecke teaches ME 410
- Des Moines University
- Duke University
- University of Iowa
- Johns Hopkins
- Washington University in St. Louis
- University of Washington
Do you see applications of mechanical engineering at this web site?
Relevant Courses: ME 528
What is nanotechnology?
What are MEMs?
Want to see some MEMs in action?
Relevant Courses: IE 305; MIS 330; OSCM 320
What do you need to know to be a sales engineer?
“Successful candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or industrial engineering or technical degree and two years of engineering experience. Sales and/or Marketing experience preferred. An expert in market knowledge and competitors is desirable. Must be computer literate. Excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills required.”
- Motorcycles/Recreation Vehicles
- Relevant Courses for the above Transportation areas:
- ME 417, ME 449, ME 549; EM 425, EM 544; TSM 335; A E 342
- Any courses for a minor in Non-Destructive Evaluation
- Other relevant courses for Aircraft can be found at the Tech Elective lists
NASA needs experts that understand CFD.
Professor Subranamian has expertise in the area of CFD.
Relevant courses for any engineering area
ME 425, ME 443, ME 466, ME 484; EM 425; IE 305; any courses for a minor in Non-Destructive Evaluation
Professor Elliot Winer is an expert in the area of optimization; he teaches ME 425.