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Innovation & Design

Become the complete engineer with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Dayton.  We offer cooperative education, service-learning, and innovative design programs to help you achieve your goals and have a long history of innovation, design, aerospace and manufacturing in our region, which benefits aspiring engineers. Your transition from student career to professional career in mechanical, aerospace or renewable and clean energy engineering is made easy. Along with a high retention rate through graduation, we have more co-op positions than we can fill, and a high job and graduate school placement rate. We must be doing something — our graduating seniors consistently rate their learning experience at UD as more effective than graduates from peer institutions!

Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Brochure 2016

Mechanical Engineering at the University of Dayton

  • What do mechanical engineers do?
  • What about co-op or research?
  • What is the Design & Manufacturing Clinic?
  • This brochure answers the above and more: mechanical engineering labs, concentrations, minors, student clubs and organizations, international study and service, and Bachelor's Plus Master's program.

Click here for the undergrad mechanical engineering brochure.

About our Program

The University of Dayton maintains strong relationships with industry partners, which provides you with a wealth of opportunities through cooperative education and internship programs.  In addition, your access to service-learning programs and international study opportunities will broaden your learning experience.  More than 90 percent of mechanical engineering students participate in extended learning.  Many students are active in professional societies and competitions — winning accolades for professional development, service and social activities.

Move from theory to real-world within our School of Engineering Innovation Center where you'll collaborate with fellow students on a project from start to finish and present your final results to your industry, small-business or social entrepreneur sponsor. And, our well-equipped laboratories in Kettering Laboratories and the Advanced Integrating Manufacturing Center (AIM) represent a large-scale engineering education center including:

  • Aerospace Laboratory that includes a 150 mph wind tunnel and a fully programmable flight simulator.
  • Energy Laboratory that provides computer data acquisition with a wide variety of experience in thermal and renewable energy systems.
  • Biomechanics Laboratory that facilitates detailed experiments on human motion and balance.
  • Materials Laboratory that gives students hands-on experience with metals, ceramic and composites.

Our Department leads by example and is committed to educating you in design, testing, manufacturing and research. Classes are taught by professors who are known for their accessibility, advising and mentorship outside, as well as inside, the classroom.

Undergraduate students may choose from two concentrations in areas of aerospace engineering or energy systems and 16 minors in areas such as computer systems, engineering mechanics, industrial engineering and structures as well as in areas outside of engineering such as music, languages, business and political science. The Department recently established a Bachelor's Plus Master's Program Approved Bachelor’s-Plus-Master’s (BPM) degree programs typically allow qualified students at the UD to earn both a B.S./B.A. and an M.S./M.A./MBA degree in an accelerated fashion. This is achieved in part through careful program coordination and, in many cases, by allowing BPM undergraduates to take up to 6 credit hours of graduate coursework to simultaneously satisfy both undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

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Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Kettering Laboratories 361 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0238