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Mechanical Engineering


Our program leading to the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Educational Objectives

Three to five years after graduation, graduates of Vanderbilt’s Mechanical Engineering program will have:

  • continued to engage in lifelong learning, service, and mentoring;
  • demonstrated creative problem solving, collegial teamwork and a spirit of entrepreneurial leadership while meeting the expectations of their employers
  • stood out as innovators in the diverse international economic and cultural communities of the modern world.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. A set of 11 suggested outcomes are provided by ABET and these have been adopted by the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. These outcomes are as follows:

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program will have:

a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g) an ability to communicate effectively
h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Student Enrollment and Graduation Rates

The official enrollment is determined each Fall on the 22nd day of class. As of Fall 2017, 272 undergraduate students were enrolled in the mechanical engineering program.

The School of Engineering conferred 85 Bachelor of Engineering degrees in mechanical engineering in May 2017. Statistics concerning graduation rates and job placement are maintained by the School of Engineering.