The University of Colorado at Boulder is located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. With an enrollment of nearly 29,000 students, CU-Boulder is the largest campus in the three-campus system. The Boulder campus offers more than 3,400 different courses in approximately 150 fields of study.
The College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU-Boulder is one of the top-ranked undergraduate and graduate engineering programs in the country, offering a strong technical curriculum and a broad range of other educational opportunities. Our national reputation and commitment to excellence has attracted a distinguished faculty with a strong interest in both teaching and research.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering provides a rich environment for undergraduate and graduate study, supported by stimulating education and research projects that span a broad spectrum of modern applications. The Department of Mechanical Engineering currently has 24 full-time faculty, 10 postdoctoral research fellows, and 7 adjunct faculty. There are approximately 550 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students. Please visit our web site-http://www.colorado.edu/mechanical/.
Our ABET-accredited undergraduate program provides a lasting educational foundation and renders our graduates technically and socially adept and prepared for exciting careers in a diverse and fast-moving workforce. The undergraduate experience culminates with a year-long capstone design project. Our Industry/University Cooperative Projects Center brings industry defined and sponsored projects to capstone design. Students gain valuable experience working with professional engineers on important projects; industry sponsors benefit from fresh ideas and approaches, access to top students, and obtain functional hardware at the end of the project.
Our research and graduate programs focus on fundamental and applied issues in biomechanical engineering, energy and environmental engineering, and micro/nanoscale engineering. Research activities are carried out both through interdisciplinary research centers in each of these areas and by individual faculty programs. They lead to the solution of modern technological problems and the training of students in the state-of-the-art, while at the same time resulting in fundamental advances in the underlying disciplines of solid and fluid mechanics, thermal engineering, materials engineering, and design to innovatively advance the frontiers of technology.
Many of our research efforts are pursued by faculty clusters in interdisciplinary research centers, including:
? DARPA Focus Center on Nanoscale Science and Technology for Integrated Micro/Nano-Electromechanical Transducers (iMINT)
? NSF Membrane and Applied Science (MAST) Center
? NIH-supported Biomechanical Engineering Program
? Center for Combustion and Environmental Research (CCER)
? Collaborative for Air Quality Research (CAQR)
Research projects harness state-of-the-art experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches to train students and innovatively advance the frontiers of technology, while at the same time advancing fundamentals in the underlying disciplines. Graduate and undergraduate researchers enjoy access to state-of-the-art facilities, work closely with vibrant, highly-qualified faculty, and benefit from strong interactions with industry. Many take advantage of opportunities to work on year-long industry-sponsored design projects facilitated by our Industry/University Cooperative Projects Center. Close partnerships with national research laboratories in the Boulder area further strengthen our research programs. Our faculty are professionally active and well-recognized. Their prominence is demonstrated by the fellow-level status of nearly all of our senior faculty in major professional societies, and receipt of the highest awards given nationally by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering prepares students for careers involving technical innovation and leadership. Our graduate programs provide a solid foundation for careers in industry, research labs, and academia.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Engineering (ME), Master of Science (MS) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. These programs can involve both research and course work. Graduate students work closely with faculty members to arrange their study and tailor research to their individual preferences. Virtually all Ph.D. students in the Mechanical Engineering department receive financial support for the duration of their studies.
The undergraduate curriculum incorporates mathematics, physical science, engineering science, design and manufacturing, systems engineering, and the humanities and social sciences. Courses in these areas are interwoven throughout the curriculum to provide a balanced education in the fundamentals of the profession.
There are two options available within the Mechanical Engineering degree program: (1) Environmental and (2) Biomedical Engineering. Students have excellent opportunities to become involved in discipline-related activities outside of the classroom. The department has active chapters in a number of major student societies.
Undergraduates can participate in ongoing research through independent study projects, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), and as research assistants in sponsored projects. Undergraduate research may involve participation in one of the mechanical engineering department research centers.