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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Design

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Design

Overview

The combined major in mechanical engineering and design educates students in topics of both disciplines and the interface between them.

Mechanical engineering involves the design, development, and manufacture of machinery and devices to transmit power or to convert energy from thermal to mechanical form in order to power the modern world and its machines. Its current practice has been heavily influenced by recent advances in computer hardware and software. Today, engineers also play a primary role in the development of new technologies in a variety of fields—energy conversion, solar energy utilization, environmental control, prosthetics, transportation, manufacturing, and new-materials development.

Design is the discipline that shapes human experiences in specific situations to improve quality. Designers pose important questions about—and provide significant answers to—how we live. Designers are needed when we don’t know what is needed as well as when we think we do. Students in this program will combine the disciplines in order to address complex problems with human-centered solutions.

Innovative Curriculum

The program will prepare mechanical engineers with design thinking, design methodologies, and design practice with a solid foundation in mechanical engineering fundamentals. By offering a combined major in these two areas, students have access to a wide range of interdisciplinary courses (science, engineering, art, and design); co-operative education experiences; research opportunities; and possible graduate programs in both fields, and will be professionals prepared with the skills necessary to help solve complex problems in both the natural and built environments from a combined engineering/design standpoint.

Students have the option of selecting from several minors to complement their degree and personalize their path. Students can select from minors in the department, in other engineering departments, or from across the university.

Accelerated Master’s degrees allow students to accelerate the attainment of the master’s degree by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current students apply to enroll in the Accelerated Master’s Program. With the PlusOne program, students attain their bachelor’s degree followed by a PlusOne year to complete the master’s degree.

PlusOne Program and Pathways

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the heart of a Northeastern education, combining rigorous coursework with hands-on experience in the classroom, in the lab, and in the field—locally and abroad. With our signature cooperative education (co-op) program, students typically gain six months of work experience integrated as part of the educational program. Both five-year, three-co-op and four-year, two-co-op program options are available.

More than 90 percent of department undergraduate students take advantage of the cooperative education program. Cooperative education assignments increase in responsibility and technical challenge as students progress through the program. Initial positions may involve computer-intensive CAD/CAM assignments or programming tasks, while more advanced jobs will place students in charge of design, quality-control systems, and performance testing of equipment.

Program Contacts


Andrew Gouldstone
Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Associate Chair for Experiential Innovation,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Director,  Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education

Biomechanics, material science, engineering mechanics

Academic Advising

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Admissions & Aid

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