Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University

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College of Engineering YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is an adventure. 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!

It begins 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: Wearable and implantable medical devices that save lives Autonomous vehicles on land, sea, air and space Smart infrastructure including control systems for energy-efficient buildings Advanced sensors for food safety or collision detection Sustainable energy from nuclear, solar, and wind sources

Mechanical engineering is among the most flexible and employable of all the engineering disciplines. The flexibility of a mechanical engineering discipline will give you the freedom to pursue your dreams to make the world a better place.

Be greater than you imagine

ENGINEER YOUR FUTURE 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 more than $64,000/year.

Co-op and internship salaries for our

students average $19/hour.

Approximately 1,400 companies recruit

our engineers every year. 93 percent of our mechanical engineering students have in-profession placement within six months of graduation.

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 focused on preparing undergraduates to address the following six questions: How are forces transferred through physical systems and how does failure occur? (Solid and Fluid Mechanics) How are system-critical components produced? (Materials and Manufacturing) How efficiently are energy, materials and information used by systems? (Thermodynamics) How can system behavior be predicted and controlled? (Dynamics and Controls) How does an engineer lead a diverse team in a coordinated effort? (Design) How does an engineer address the continually changing landscape of societal needs and technology?

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Be passionate. Be creative. Be greater than you imagined in mechanical engineering.

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: Iowa State University | College of Engineering 1300 Marston Hall | 533 Morrill Road | Ames, IA 50011-2103 Email: | 515 294-7186

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 Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, Hotline 515-294-1222, email Publication Number: 05-2021