Hours Required128 credit hours
Areas of FocusThermal-fluid science engineering, Systems and design engineering, Materials science engineering
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Interdisciplinary Emphasis and Specializations
Mechanical engineering offers diverse studies in energy conversion, fluid flow, solid mechanics, materials engineering and interdisciplinary areas like aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, robotics, biomedical engineering and nanotechnology. This allows you to customize your education, developing expertise aligned with your career goals.
Hands-On Learning and Research Opportunities
The department emphasizes hands-on experiences, providing you with opportunities to conduct experiments in well-equipped laboratories. Undergraduate students can engage in research projects, either through research grants or the Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) program, working alongside faculty mentors. You can participate in student organizations, gaining valuable engineering experience beyond the classroom.
Mission to Impact Society Locally and Globally
The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering aims to impact society through education, research and service. Graduates excel in engineering careers, pursue advanced degrees and value lifelong learning. The program fosters professionalism, leadership, integrity and ethical responsibility, inspiring students to serve humanity and advance technologies and industries.
Thermal Systems and Design (MECH 300)
Explore control-volume analysis, combustion, thermodynamic relations, computer-aided engineering and thermal systems design through case studies, projects and data-driven approaches.
Elements of Materials Science (MATL 360)
Examine the relationship between atomic, molecular and crystal structure and the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of metals, alloys, polymers and ceramics. Investigate material properties.
Kinematics & Dynamics of Machinery (MECH 342)
Analysis and design of motion in linkage and cam mechanisms. Gear theory, ordinary and planetary gear trains, static and dynamic forces, balancing and flywheel design.
Elements of Machine Design (MECH 343)
The design of machine elements under varying loading conditions, including bolts, springs, bearings and shafts. Explore failure theories and engage in a comprehensive design project.
Aerodynamics (MECH 413)
Subsonic and supersonic airflow theory, dynamics of flight, performance parameters, rotor analysis and specialized topics. Explore the fascinating world of aerodynamics and aircraft performance.
Robotics: Kinematics and Design (MECH 453)
Discover the realm of robotics, where mechanisms, sensors, actuators and computers synergistically replicate certain aspects of human functionality with innovative applications and technologies.
Huskers Do Big Things
Outside the Classroom
Shane Farritor, David B. and Nancy K. Lederer Professor of Engineering
Dr. Farritor’s work with robotics, especially miniaturized surgical robots, is recognized nationally and internationally and will soon be part of the International Space Station. NASA awarded his company, Virtual Incision, a $100,000 grant to test a tiny surgical robot. Dr. Farritor is a Nebraska alumnus and encourages undergraduate students to participate in research opportunities.
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