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Bachelor Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science — Mechanical Engineering

The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford exposes each student to intellectual and practical experiences, and provides an environment that allows for the accumulation of knowledge about a variety of societal needs.

Graduates have many options from entry-level work as mechanical engineers to graduate studies in either an engineering discipline or another field where a broad engineering background is useful. Regardless of the ultimate career choice, graduates leave with a solid grounding in the principles and practice of mechanical engineering, equipped to embark upon a lifetime of learning while employing new concepts, technologies and methodologies.

This is an ABET-accredited degree. Detailed information about the degree options and course requirements can be found in the Stanford Bulletin and Undergraduate Handbook.

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Graduates of our program will have the scientific and technical background for successful careers in diverse organizations.
  2. Graduates of our program will be leaders, and effective communicators, both in the profession and in the community.
  3. Graduates of our program will be motivated and equipped to successfully pursue postgraduate study in engineering or in other fields.
  4. Graduates of our program will have a professional and ethical approach to their careers with a strong awareness of the social contexts in which they work.

Student Outcomes

Technical Skills

  • T1: an ability to apply knowledge of science, engineering and mathematics including multivariate calculus and differential equations
  • T2: an ability to conduct experiments and to analyze and interpret data
  • T3: an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
  • T4: an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • T5: an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • T6: Professional-level design experience in thermal systems and mechanical systems including the design and realization of either type of system

Professional Practice Skills

  • PP1: an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • PP2: an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • PP3: an ability to communicate effectively

Professional Awareness Skills

  • PA1: an ability to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • PA2: a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • PA3: a broad education that includes knowledge of contemporary issues and awareness of global, economic, environmental and societal context

BSME Enrollment and Graduation Data:

Academic Year 2012-13
Enrolled Majors: 132
Graduated: 59