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, http://www.abet.org.
Mechanical engineering covers the design and analysis of all kinds of systems and technologies with mechanical components, with applications in energy production, robotics, environmental systems, materials, composites, transportation, manufacturing, machine design, and many more areas. The SDSU Department of Mechanical Engineering provides a broad based education to prepare the student for a wide range of careers and new technologies. One important fact, that surprises many people, is that students get engineering degrees not only to practice careers in engineering, but also as preliminary training for many other fields or graduate work in engineering, law, medicine, and business. ME graduates can work in all of these areas.
In mechanical engineering, our students are bright and successful. They have done very well in national competitions such as the Mini Baja and SAE Formula competitions sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Our graduates are in high demand for mechanical engineering positions in San Diego and across the nation.
Student activities are an important part of the experience and learning. The Mechanical Engineering profession has several professional societies, and several have student chapters at SDSU. These include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). These student organizations actively pursue projects that are interesting, fun, and worthwhile. For example, the Society of Automotive Engineers student chapter participates in a national vehicle competition called the Mini-Baja competition. The students build their own vehicle and compete against entries from other engineering schools.