Skip to main content Skip to secondary navigation

Academics & Admissions

Professor Sean Follmer pointing at a whiteboard, with three students
Main content start

Through deep scholarship, hands-on learning, and research experiences, the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) works to uncover important societal benefits in the areas of sustainability, mobility, and human health. With an academically rigorous yet practically oriented approach, we follow Stanford University’s founding commitment to excellence: to produce “cultured and useful citizens in the service of humanity.”

What is Mechanical Engineering?

One of the most diverse engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering is rooted in the study of objects and systems in motion. Stanford’s multi-disciplinary ME curriculum focuses on areas including sustainability, product design, and biomedical engineering using a range of methodologies, from design thinking, computational simulation and control systems to multi-scale approaches that stretch from the nanoscale to complex biological and mechanical systems.

a male student in a while lab coat and blue gloves working with a complicated piece of metal machinery

Mechanical Engineering Degree Programs

Designing and manufacturing everything from medical devices to jet engines, mechanical engineers are in demand in today’s society. Academics in Stanford’s Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) focus on preparing learners of all levels for hands-on roles in this expanding area of engineering.


Mechanical Engineering’s undergraduate degree program provides students with a balance of intellectual and practical experiences to address a variety of societal needs. With a Stanford Mechanical Engineering degree, students are ready for entry-level mechanical engineering work or for graduate study in engineering or associated disciplines demanding a fundamental engineering foundation.


Stanford undergraduates may work simultaneously toward a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Students may apply for admission to this coterminal program following the completion of 12 full tuition undergraduate quarters.


At the graduate level, the Mechanical Engineering program aligns academic course work with research to prepare scholars in specialized areas within the field. Graduate-level programs include master’s, doctoral, and Engineer degrees.

Stories & Voices

Learn more about Mechanical Engineering from our faculty, students, alumni, and staff.

Catie Cuan
PhD candidate, Mechanical Engineering

Catie Cuan

"I didn’t study engineering in college."

Read Catie's Story
Monroe Kennedy
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Monroe Kennedy

"#IAmAnEngineer: I see “problems” less as impassable obstacles and more as things that can be overcome after you figure out the right set of tools to use."

Read Monroe's Story
Karsu Kilic
PhD candidate, Mechanical Engineering

Karsu Ipek Kilic

"I’m from a very small city in Turkey where my parents were physics professors at its only university."

Read Karsu's Story
Gradient Background Banner Image

Student Funding & Financial Aid

Stanford is committed to providing a comprehensive need-based financial aid program that makes it financially possible for admitted undergraduate students to attend. At the graduate level, Mechanical Engineering students have several funding options, including fellowships, assistantships, and loans.

two men carrying a mechanical engineering project across a grass field on a sunny day

Mechanical Engineering Research

Our faculty and research labs are making exciting breakthroughs in areas including biomedicine, computational engineering, design, energy, and multi-scale engineering.

Professor Sean Follmer working with students in a room

Mechanical Engineering Careers

Where can a Stanford Mechanical Engineering degree take you? Stanford’s BEAM (Bridging Education, Ambition, and Meaningful Work) program, meetups, labs, career coaching, and job boards can help launch your engineering career.

Gradient Background Banner Image

Take a virtual tour of Stanford

Explore Stanford’s beautiful campus and historic buildings from wherever you are.