Message from the Chair

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Dr. John Abraham

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at San Diego State University (SDSU), the largest university in San Diego, and the fifth largest in California. 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. The department has seen significant growth in faculty and student numbers and in resource availability in recent years. This has been coupled with significant accomplishments in our educational and research endeavors. The department currently (Fall 2018) has approximately 1,300 undergraduate and 100 graduate students. We have 17 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 20 lecturers, and 4 adjunct and 3 visiting faculty. This highly competent staff supports the activities in the department. The department houses several undergraduate laboratories, and graduate research laboratories with concentrations in materials, mechanics, combustion and thermodynamics, automation and control, bioengineering and energy systems. Student chapters of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) are very active at the state and national levels.

In spite of our size and growth, we have an unwavering commitment to the success of our students. We offer an ABET-accredited ( Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). Students can also get a BSME degree with an emphasis in Bioengineering. Graduate degrees that are offered include an integrated five-year Bachelor and Master of Science (BS/MS) program in Mechanical Engineering or Bioengineering, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME), Master of Science in Bioengineering (MSBE), Master of Engineering (MEng) and a joint doctoral (PhD) program with University of California, San Diego. Each of the ME faculty members is committed to helping students acquire the very best education. We have been at the forefront of developing new pedagogical paradigms including textbooks that have gained national recognition. Our graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in industry and government with many holding leadership positions.

Our faculty are actively engaged in research and creative endeavors. Current average research funding is approximately $185K/faculty. The research in the department is sponsored by federal and state agencies and by industry. Several of our faculty have won prestigious awards, and gained national/international recognition for their research contributions. Several faculty members are investigators on large-scale multidisciplinary and/or multi-university research grants. The growing importance of multidisciplinary research in the department and in the College of Engineering is reflected in a new engineering and sciences (EIS) building which opened in January 2018, adjacent to the current Engineering building. While the high level of research intensity generates a sense of excitement on its own, it also enhances our teaching abilities by keeping us in the forefront of knowledge in our areas of specialization. This has created an environment where both graduate and undergraduate students are actively engaged in research at the cutting edge of mechanical sciences and engineering.

Along with the other members of the faculty, I appreciate your interest in SDSU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to engage with us more closely. If you visit the campus, please visit the department and feel free to drop by my office for a conversation.

John Abraham, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair