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Mechanical Engineering - Programs

Undergraduate Program / B.S. degree:

Mechanical engineers are recruited in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, power generation, environmental, electronics, bioengineering, food processing and consulting firms, among many others. Because of the variety of fields that are relevant to this profession, the undergraduate program covers areas in dynamics, materials, thermal/fluids, vibrations, controls, computer aided engineering, design and manufacturing. The innovative curriculum at UC Merced provides hands-on education that exposes students to engineering fundamentals, laboratory work and the use of computational tools to solve realistic engineering problems. The program also prepares students to pursue graduate work in engineering or other disciplines. Mechanical Engineering is an evolving discipline that adapts to the current needs of society. Some of the exciting current areas of research include advanced energy systems, sustainable energy, autonomous vehicles, biomechanics and biosensors, nano/micro-technology, computational modeling, design optimization and complex systems.

The Mechanical Engineering program at UC Merced is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


Graduate Program / Ph.D. & M.S. degree:

Mechanical engineering research impacts society through the development of innovative technologies and methods that cover a variety of theoretical and applied fields. Graduate studies in mechanical engineering will enhance your understanding of physical phenomena and will provide you with modern analytical tools for the design and synthesis of mechanical components and systems. Mechanical engineering is a rich field of discovery and an evolving discipline that continuously adapts to tackle current and challenging problems.

Some of the current areas of research explored by our faculty Computational Continuum Mechanics, Dynamics and Controls, Materials and Nanotechnology, Innovative Design, Mechatronics, Embedded Systems & Automation, Plasmas & Fluid Mechanics, Radiative Heat Transfer, Solar Concentration, Sustainable Water & Energy Technologies,Thermal & Electrochemical Energy Devices, Thermal Science and Energy, Conversion, and Tribology. See more information about these exciting topics on our Research Areas page.

At UC Merced, you will be exposed to rigorous courses on the fundamental areas of mechanics (including mathematics) as well as specific research areas for which our faculty are among the leading world experts (e.g., non-imaging optics, radiation transfer, variable order mechanics, robotics, control, motion planning, clean energy technologies, etc.) You will also have the chance to conduct research in both field- and lab-related environments where the most modern techniques and methodolgies are employed to solve some of the most challenging problems of our time.

For more information about the program as well as guidelines for admission, refer to the Mechanical Engineering Policies and Procedures.