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Mechanical Engineering

Design and Innovate for the Common Good

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. In addition, we have a long history of innovation, design, and manufacturing in our region, benefiting aspiring engineers. We view an engineer as a well-rounded person with technical skills and a human-centered mindset. Our faculty and staff mentor our students for successful careers in mechanical engineering that align with personal interests by bringing state-of-the-art research and modern engineering challenges into the classroom. Along with a high retention rate through graduation, we engage students through experiential learning, and we have an extremely high job and graduate school placement rate. Our graduating seniors consistently rate their learning experience at UD as positive and transformative!


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A High-Quality Education

  • Minors and Concentrations
  • Capstone Design Experience
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Complement your mechanical engineering program with a minor or concentration that connects to your passions. Mechanical engineering minors include: Aerospace Engineering, Human Movement Biomechanics and Robotic Systems and our concentrations include: Aerospace Engineering and Energy Systems-Mechanical.

    Engineering Minors and Concentrations

    Move from theory to real-world at our Innovation Center. Collaborate with fellow students and present final results to industry, small-business or social entrepreneur sponsor.

    Innovation Center

    Student-run clubs and organizations provide students with the opportunity to synthesize knowledge in an area of unique interest, compete in national competitions, be part of a team and assume leadership roles.

    Student Clubs and Organizations

    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Engineering Laboratories

    Students integrate theory and practice through hands-on experience in our laboratories. Mechanical engineering undergraduates have access to the Low-Speed Wind Tunnel, Merlin Flight Simulator, Design of Innovative Machines Lab, and the Engineering Wellness Through Biomechanics Lab among others.

    Go Baby Go

    Mechanical engineering students apply their technical skills to modify electric toy cars for children with mobility issues.

    Engineering Office of Student Success

    The OSS is staffed by engineering professionals who serve as academic advisers. OSS advisers help you stay on track with your degree program while crafting a custom set of experiences (co-op, study abroad, ETHOS, etc.) to complement your coursework.

    The Ethos Center

    Students serve others and use practical engineering skills for humanitarian purposes. Our students learn about the world, different cultures and themselves. Students participate internationally or domestically in technical immersions for 11+ weeks or in breakouts for up to two weeks.


    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Jamie Ervin, Department Chair

    Kettering Laboratories, Room 365
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0238

    Program Accreditation

    Our undergraduate mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.