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Mechanical Engineering

We recognize our students' talents and provide opportunities and activities for real experiences, advanced learning — and fun. We work closely with alumni and private business leaders to supply ongoing opportunities and to continue the cycle of education and service in the engineering community.

Beyond the Classroom

Engineering Co-op & Internship Office
Take your engineering experience to the next level and find your passion with co-op and internship opportunities. All engagements are paid positions and provide invaluable engineering work experience integrated into the student's academic plan. In one academic year, over 450 undergraduates accepted engineering placements that resulted in $6.2M paid directly to the undergrads.

The Ethos Center
In The Ethos Center service program, students help integrate technology with global cultures and communities. The emphasis is placed on ideas and implementation of appropriate technology, sustainable development and service-learning through technical immersion, integrated classroom work, collaborative research and on-campus activities.

Multi-Ethnic Engineers Program
Reach your full potential through this integrated program that creates an optimum learning environment and supports minority engineering students financially, fundamentally, practically and intellectually.

Pre-Med prep

Women Engineering Program
Share and explore technical interests with other women engineering students and build personal and professional relationships that will last a lifetime.

Bachelor's Plus Master's Program (BPM)
The BPM program makes it easy to earn an M.S. degree by linking your University of Dayton undergraduate and graduate programs.  Interested University undergraduate students must have a 3.0 grade point average and apply for the BPM program during their undergraduate program. They should also apply directly to the graduate program of their choice.  If accepted, students can apply up to two courses taken at the graduate level during their undergraduate years to both their undergraduate and graduate programs. This reduces the number of required classes for an M.S. degree from 10 to 8. In addition, the cost of tuition for BPM students is about 2/3 the normal cost of tuition during their first 12 months of their M.S. program.

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam
The FE Exam is typically the first step to obtaining a Professional Engineer (P.E.) license.

Professional Organizations and Clubs

Aero Design Team
The UD Aero Design Team designs, builds, and flies a remote controlled airplane each year which can involve competing in competitions against other colleges or creating a specific objective for the plan to achieve. Learning manufacturing techniques and principals, conceptual design processes and technical paper skills key for professional engineering careers are just some of the many important skills students will gain. Many past team members have credited the UD Aero Design Team for helping them obtain permanent jobs.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
AIAA is a professional, on-campus club for those interested in Aerospace. AIAA’s mission is to address the professional needs and interests of the past, current, and future aerospace workforce and to advance the state of aerospace science, engineering, technology, operations, and policy to benefit our global society.

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
UD ASHRAE members attend monthly meetings and learn from industry experts about energy efficiency practices, renewable energy technologies and much more. Each meeting is comprised of a guest speaker who is knowledgeable about the energy industry - a great networking opportunity! 

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
UD ASME aims to be the essential professional resource for mechanical engineering students. Our mission is to serve UD's community by applying engineering knowledge in regional and national competitions and throughout the community, as well as communicating the excitement of engineering.

Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Club
The Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Club aims to educate our members about the biomedical field and how they can get involved. We also strive to give back to the community, using our specific expertise.

Building Energy Center
BEC focuses on commercial building energy efficiency programs. We work with local utilities on building energy benchmarking and analysis. Regular utility energy assessments and energy audits are conducted by members of the BEC.

Flyer Innovation
Flyer Innovation brings together students from all different backgrounds and majors to help explore everyday problems.  Members can form teams to build off of their innovative ideas. These groups then have the opportunity to tackle various college level competitions. We encourage creativity and innovation by continuously giving our members the tools and resources necessary to make even the most simple project idea or innovation become reality.

Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP)
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering globally serves people and society for the “continuation of life on the planet and a more sustainable, secure, healthy and joyful world" and has sparked a global movement for engineering. The NAE endorsed an engineering education that focuses on global awareness and social skills along with the Grand Challenges that broaden undergraduate studies in engineering to the global community - the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP). The GCSP is a combined curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular program with five competency areas (Research/Creativity, Multidisciplinarity, Business/Entrepreneurship, Global/Multicultural, and Social consciousness) designed to prepare undergraduate students to address major global challenges facing society in this century. Over 100+ participating universities around the world, including UD, have created their own unique realization of how students can engage with these competencies.

It Flies!
The It Flies Club introduces engineering students to the Merlin Flight Simulator and flight handling of simulated aircraft models. Knowledge will be built from research of existing aircraft, learned information from engineering courses, and creation of new aircraft design. Annually the members, individually or in small teams, compete aircraft models in at least one of two international Flight Handling Competitions: It Flies! USA (held at UD) and It Flies! UK (held at a university in England) where student designs are tested by actual experimental test pilots. 

Mars Rover Team
The University of Dayton Mars Rover Team gives students the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary team towards a common goal. That goal is to design, build and program a rover that will be successful in an annual international competition.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) NSBE is dedicated to the academic and professional success of Black and African-American engineering students and professionals. NSBE offers its members leadership training, professional development activities, mentoring opportunities, career placement services and more. Contact for more details.

Pi Tau Sigma
Members are chosen on the basis of sound engineering ability, scholarship (upper 35%) and probable future success in their chosen field of mechanical engineering. Active members are selected from the junior and senior mechanical engineering classes at their respective schools whose mechanical engineering curriculum must be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). 

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja Club The Baja Club provides a source for undergraduate engineering students to develop collaboration skills and apply engineering ethics and practices from the classroom to design a competitive off-road vehicle, allowing for further growth by taking part in real-world learning that carries above and beyond the engineering curriculum at the University of Dayton.  

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
The University of Dayton SHPE Student Chapter is one of many SHPE chapters within the National SHPE network. We strive to empower all of our members to  realize their full potential and to excel both in their academic and professional careers within all STEM fields.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
The mission of SME is to acquire and distribute manufacturing knowledge among its members and the broader manufacturing community. Contact: Jamie Obermeyer, adviser, 

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
SWE is one of the largest professional networks of women in the nation and on campus. As an extracurricular, professional and service organization, they empower women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering. Through training and development programs, networking opportunities, community building activities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities, and much more, SWE helps women reach their full potential in the field of engineering. Adviser: Beth Hart, 

Solar Splash
Solar Splash is the World Championship of Collegiate Solar Boating and it takes place over a five day competition. Students learn to use solar energy for transportation purposes and get hands-on experience with sustainable energy, energy management, and the importance of efficiency and good design. 

Sustainable Engineering Scholars
The Sustainable Engineering Scholars is a group of engineering students who are interested in using their engineering skills to work towards a more sustainable future by working on different projects throughout campus and the community.  Some examples of SES activities include helping with the coordination of the UD GreenHouse Effect, teaching young children about renewable energy at TechFest and Kid’s Day at the Greene.

Tau Beta Pi
Founded in 1885 to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their alma mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in the field of engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in the engineering colleges.

UD3D is a student run 3D printing club whose purpose is to further educate students on the topic of consumer grade additive manufacturing and prototyping. This club is designed to help students to learn how to build, run, and successfully operate consumer grade 3D printers. Potential project topics and events include but are not limited to recyclable filament research and development, maker space and additive manufacturing plant tours, and design competitions.

Wheels For Kids (W4K)
Wheels for Kids, a service organization, receives donated bikes, refurbishes them and then gives the refurbished bikes to elementary and middle school children during the annual Wheels for Kids' spring event. A majority of our work consists of teaching volunteers how to fix and repair bikes and then to use those skills to repair the bikes we receive through donations.


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

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