Drexel’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics prides itself on a curriculum that offers a balance of technical breadth and technical depth. MEM does that through a comprehensive program of courses, laboratories, design projects, research projects, and co-op experiences, in which students can choose a global, interdisciplinary approach to the degree, or specialize in one of these areas: Aerospace, Biomedical Engineering, Design and Manufacturing, Mechanics and Structures, Systems and Control, or Thermal and Fluid Sciences. A customized specialization is also available to students with particular career aspirations.
Drexel MEM initiates undergraduate students into design work during the first year, when teams are created to tackle real-world research projects. Interested students have the opportunity to work with faculty in their labs, and also may choose to apply for acceptance into the department's Hess Honors Program and/or Drexel's Students Tackling Advanced Research (STAR) Scholars Program. Our students choose either a global, interdisciplinary curriculum that instills a broad and diverse skill set, or course work entirely focused on one of six specialized tracks. Qualified students can earn a BS/MS degree in five years and may apply after earning 90 credits and before achieving 120 credits. Accelerated degree programs are available to graduate students.
The BSME program was recently ranked 27th in US News and World Report’s 2020 ranking of mechanical engineering programs that offer the doctorate. It was recently featured in 10 Innovative Engineering Institutes by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Opportunities also exist for students to minor in at least one subject area, such as mathematics, languages, business, or another engineering discipline. Undergraduates participate in research projects as well as in Drexel’s celebrated co-op program, which provides students with 18 months of hands-on professional experience in the field before graduation.
A minor in mechanical engineering is available to students in other disciplines. Undergraduates can work in faculty research laboratories and, in some cases, in independent study while pursuing the degree. Prospective and first-year students interested in pursuing research opportunities should visit the Students Tackling Advanced Research (STAR) Scholars Program website for more information.