Mechanical Engineering


The Department of Mechanical Engineering is the vibrant home to about 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students, several active and award-winning student clubs and organizations, multiple teaching and research laboratories, internationally-renowned faculty who are dedicated teachers committed to the success of students while leading cutting-edge research in the fields of bioengineering, design, energy, manufacturing, materials, mechatronics, and robotics and control by employing advanced experimental and computational techniques, and dedicated and committed staff.

A class of undergraduate mechanical engineering students in the EIS Creative Design Studio.
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program offered by the SDSU Department of Mechanical Engineering is a rigorous blend of theory with practical engineering fundamentals. The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Ph.D. student, Maricruz Carillo works in the Powder Technology Lab
The department offers graduate education in Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering at the Master's and Doctoral levels, preparing students to work and conduct cutting-edge research in emerging areas.
Mechanical Engineering student Martin Padilla at Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo
The College of Engineering provides its students with not only a strong engineering foundation, but also study abroad experiences that will prepare them to successfully compete in the international workforce.
John Abraham, Ph.D.


Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at San Diego State University (SDSU). Whether you are a prospective student, a parent, someone from our large family of alumni, potential partners in education and research, or just a casual visitor, I am delighted that you have decided to visit us and I look forward to further interactions.

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Dr. May-Newman working with her students

Faculty Spotlight

  • Dr. Eugene Olevsky has been elected as a Member of the World Academy of Ceramics
  • Dr. Eugene Olevsky, Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering, has been elected to the Georgian National Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. George Youssef, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was interviewed by KPBS on the discovery in the Experimental Mechanics laboratory of a new foam to be used in sports helmets to reduce concussions.
  • Dr. Karen May-Newman, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been named one of this year’s 50 Top Women of Influence in Engineering by the San Diego Business Journal.
Faculty Research Highlights

Research Spotlight

  • Dr. Parag Katira is Lead PI and Dr. George Youssef co-PI on a $1.4M project funded by the Army Research Office to study self assembly of non-equilibrium structures and configurations.
  • Dr. George Youssef, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has received a grant of $798K from the Department of Defense (DoD) to conduct research on Nondestructive Evaluation of 3D Printed Composites using Terahertz Waves in the Experimental Mechanics Laboratory.
  • Dr. Amneet Bhalla receives NSF CAREER Award for his proposal entitled, "Consistent Continuum Formulation and Robust Numerical Modeling of Non-Isothermal Phase Changing Multiphase Flows."
NASA Lunabotics Mining Team at the NASA Lunabotics Competition held at the Kennedy Space Center.

Student Spotlight

  • Scarlett Alexander, BSME/MSME (4+1) student, won the first place award at the 2023 CSU Student Research Symposium held on April 28-29 under the Engineering and Computer Science - Graduate category.

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