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College of Engineering YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineeri Iowa State’s mechanical engineering program has a range of resources and services to help you be creative in your field of study and life. Your adventure will take you places you can’t begin to imagine!

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egins here. Discover your passion Mechanical engineers research, design and manufacture products that, simply put, improve people’s lives. By applying the properties of forces, materials, energy and motion, mechanical engineers are involved in nearly every product you can imagine such as: Artificial hip implants and replacement heart valves  Automotive and aircraft engines  Hospital incubators for premature infants  Hybrid gas-electric vehicles  Planetary exploration spacecraft  Sensors used to deploy air bags during an automobile collision  Systems for generating electricity from nuclear, solar and wind sources 

Mechanical engineering continues to rank among the top 10 fields nationally for employment prospects. Mechanical engineers work not only in the careers traditionally associated with the profession, but they also find employment in the areas of communications, information technology, nanotechnology, entertainment, and the life sciences. Mechanical engineers work side by side with physicians in designing medical equipment; with climatologists to better understand our environment; and with world-class athletes to help them improve their performance.


Many of our graduates have built successful careers not only as engineers, but also as managers, entrepreneurs, sales representatives and consultants. The average starting salary of

mechanical engineering graduates is about $62,000/year.

Co-op and internship salaries for our

students average more than $19/hr.

More than 500 companies visit the

College of Engineering each year to recruit our students.

95 percent of our mechanical engineering

students have in-profession placement within six months of graduation.

Be greater than you imagine Whatever your goals are, your success is important to us! Our programs, labs, hands-on learning and facilities will give you a competitive advantage to address society’s greatest needs. Unique learning experiences: The department features state-of-the-art  classrooms, laboratories and computer systems. Undergraduate students work with our world-class faculty in research and independent study projects. Interdisciplinary research opportunities: Along with being dedicated  educators and top researchers, our professors lead interdisciplinary research centers in the areas of biorenewables and virtual reality applications. Experiential learning: Students get additional hands-on experiences through  study abroad programs, internships, co-ops, and a variety of engineering student organizations and technical society activities.

Accreditation: Our program is nationally recognized and fully accredited by ABET.  Program flexibility: Our program includes our concurrent BS/MBA or BS/MS  degree options or interdisciplinary degrees in biorenewables resources and technology, human-computer interaction and systems engineering.

Core Curriculum After completion of the basic program, the mechanical engineering core curriculum is designed to provide undergraduate students exposure to each of the four major areas in the field: Design and Optimization  Materials and Manufacturing  Thermal Fluids  Dynamic Systems 

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Be passionate. Be creative. Be greater than you imagined in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University.

Enjoy your adventure. More opportunities. More possibilities. More potential. At Iowa State you’ll find all of these things and more. Immerse yourself in a university where top-notch academics and a vibrant student life form the ultimate college adventure. Open your mind. Broaden your horizons. Make memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy your mechanical engineering adventure. Campus visits: Apply for admission: Financial support: Mechanical Engineering: College of Engineering: 2620 Howe Hall | Ames, Iowa 50011-2272 515 294-8355 | 800 262-3810 ext. 8355 Email:

College of Engineering Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Robinette Kelley, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, Title IX/ADA Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Officer, 3350 Beardshear Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, email

Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University  

Overview of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University for prospective undergraduate students.

Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University  

Overview of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University for prospective undergraduate students.