VISION & MISSION
To provide a world class atmosphere for education, training and research in Mechanical Engineering by providing infrastructural facilities and competent faculty that unleashes technological innovations to serve the global society. Through the excellence of its people, the Department of Mechanical Engineering will be recognized as a leader of its discipline in a manner that exemplifies the land-grant traditions of learning, discovery, and engagement. The department will be a desirable place to study and work, with our community comprising the best and the brightest, because of research and educational programs grounded in the mechanical engineering sciences and set within the context of meeting important societal needs. Vision Statement: “The Mechanical Engineering Department strives to be recognized globally for outstanding education and research leading to well-qualified engineers, who are innovative, entrepreneurial and successful in advanced fields of engineering and research”
The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has three tenets that center on the principle of improving lives and livelihoods: to create knowledge through research in the science and technology of mechanical engineering; to share knowledge through educational programs and the dissemination of our new discoveries; and to develop the professional potential of faculty, staff, and students. Our department expands the frontier of human knowledge in the discipline of mechanical engineering through fundamental and applied research conducted by faculty and students. As skilled researchers, we bring the principles of mechanical engineering to bear on important problems of national, and even global, implication: energy and the environment; health and safety; information and cyber infrastructure; and national security. Our research portfolio encompasses traditional areas of mechanical engineering, as well as emerging and interdisciplinary ones. Through initiative and innovation, we expand the frontiers of the mechanical engineering profession. Our land-grant mission is based on the premise that knowledge is beneficial to mankind and the greatest benefit comes from dispersing knowledge as widely as possible. We share knowledge with our students through educational programs and all of society through disseminating our research findings in scholarly publications, presentations, patents, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer. Through classroom, laboratory, and project-based instruction, undergraduate and graduate students are well served by a curriculum that is based upon the fundamental principles of mechanical engineering, as well as forward looking and set within the context of our profession’s social mandate. Our curriculum prepares students for diverse and successful careers across the global engineering marketplace, and it further fosters creativity and critical thinking skills through research and design experiences. The success of any organization can be measured by its ability to develop and realize the potential of its most important asset—its people. Students grow through their educational experiences in and out of the classroom, as well as through their relationships with faculty and each other. Staff members learn new professional skills and apply them through active engagement in the department’s operations. Mentoring opportunities and embracing leadership opportunities that magnify contributions beyond the department’s and university’s borders develop the scholarly careers of faculty members.