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, machine design, manufacturing, and robotics. 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.

Course Work

Focus area options in mechanical engineering include:

  • Design
  • Energy and environment
  • Manufacturing and materials processing

Review Mechanical Engineering in the UI General Catalog for more details.

Admission Requirements

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Student Opportunities


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.


The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.

Application Process

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Apply to the College of Engineering.


Mechanical Engineering (BSE)
Honors Courses
Four-Year Graduation Plan
Selective Admission