Top Schools for Mechanical Engineering
Those interested in the research, design and development of tools, engines and machinery may want to consider pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. This article includes a list of the top institutions offering mechanical engineering programs.
Top Schools for Mechanical Engineering in the U.S.
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA
MIT is considered one of the best engineering universities in the nation, as evidenced by its top spot on the U.S. News and World Report's 2011 list of undergraduate engineering programs. MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering is also highly regarded because it too received the top spot among best mechanical engineering schools in the 2010 edition of U.S. News and World Report.
The department offers three undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and ocean engineering, as well as a student-designed program. The graduate program offers several different degrees in mechanical engineering including a Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering, a M.S. in Ocean Engineering, a M.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, M.S. in Oceanographic Engineering and a Master of Engineering (M.Eng) in Manufacturing. A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) are also offered, as well as two specific mechanical engineer and naval Engineer degrees.
2. Stanford University in Stanford, CA
Stanford University is a highly ranked private school in California. Stanford placed fifth in U.S. News and World Report's 2009 national universities rankings. Stanford's Mechanical Engineering department was presented with the second spot by U.S. News and World Report in the 2010 list of top mechanical engineering departments.
The department is separated into five groups or programs including the Biomechanical Engineering (BME) Program, the Design Group, Flow Physic and Computational Engineering (FPCE) Group, the Mechanics and Computation Group and the Thermosciences Group. The department offers Ph.D., M.S. and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in a variety of subjects, including general mechanical engineering, product design and biomechanical engineering. The graduate program offers both full- and part-time curricula.
3. University of California - Berkeley
The University of California (UC) - Berkeley campus is a reputable state university that has more highly ranked graduate programs than any other school in the nation as of 2009. The Department of Mechanical Engineering was ranked third in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2010.
UC - Berkeley offers several different degrees in mechanical engineering, including a B.S., M.S., Ph.D. and M.Eng. The department also offers a unique Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.) and a 5-year B.S./M.S. program for undergraduates interested in obtaining both degrees in a shorter period of time.
List of Ten Good Mechanical Engineering Schools
|University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign||Undergraduate externship program with 16 cooperating companies||Urbana, IL|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||New research complex broke ground in April 2011||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Purdue University||New LEED-certified wing being added to mechanical engineering building||West Lafayette, IN|
|University of California - Berkeley||Offers a D.Eng to interested doctorate-seeking students||Berkeley, CA|
|Cornell University||Features the Experiential Learning Laboratory||Ithaca, NY|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Offers the Frank K. Webb Program in Professional Communication||Atlanta, GA|
|Stanford University||Highest-ranked mechanical engineering department in the U.S. with a part-time graduate curriculum option||Stanford, CA|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Offers several oceanographic and ocean-related degrees||Cambridge, MA|
|Princeton University||Offers a program in laser technology||Princeton, NJ|
|California Institute of Technology||Features the Jim Hall Design and Prototyping Lab||Pasadena, CA|
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