Design is key to mechanical engineering, which involves analyzing needs and designing products and systems—including complex human/machine systems—to fill them.
Mechanical engineers use energy principles and mechanics to design machines such as engines and motors. They work in areas such as automotive design, robotics, manufacturing, and machine design. They may develop robots for space exploration, use a computer to simulate the freezing of human cells, or improve devices for use of alternative energy sources, such as fuel cells, wind turbines, and solar energy converters.
Why Study at Iowa?
The BSE in mechanical engineering is one of six Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the College of Engineering, which offers excellent opportunities for students to participate in research, internships, study abroad, and student organizations.
Focus area options in mechanical engineering include:
- Energy and environment
- Manufacturing and materials processing
Review Mechanical Engineering in the UI General Catalog for more details.
Admission Requirements Tabs
Engineering students may want to live in the Engineering Living-Learning Community or the Women in Science and Engineering Living-Learning Community in the residence halls.
Iowa graduates have job placement rates ranging from 86-100 percent, depending on their area of study, and our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.
Apply to the College of Engineering.