Why Study Mechanical Engineering?
If you like to think big, enjoy working with professionals in other disciplines, and also like detail, then consider studying mechanical engineering. We are the engineers that design and manufacture everything from small, individual parts and devices, like microscale sensors and inkjet printer nozzles to really big, heavy machinery and large systems like rockets and space stations. And we find ways to use the principles of force, energy and motion, to make our world safer, our lives more enjoyable, and our communities stronger. Mechanical engineers are also environmental stewards-looking for ways to build, and maintain, components, products, machines, and systems that are energy efficient. So if you want to be part of something big, think about becoming a mechanical engineer.
Why study mechanical engineering at Purdue Northwest?
- Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is internationally recognized for its outstanding mechanical engineering program—and its close connection with industry. For example, because of our strong connections to the steel industry in our region, our students are helping to develop methods for producing “clean” steel more quickly and efficiently.
- The engineering programs at Purdue Northwest are ranked 35th in the nation among master’s comprehensive universities by US News and World Report.
- The PNW Mechanical Engineering program is ABET- accredited—and we make sure that we keep our classes small so that you can have lots of interaction with the faculty. You’ll also work beside them in our state-of-the-art labs—and on their research projects.
- And you’ll get the chance to show everybody what you’ve got by participating in engineering student organizations, national design competitions and pulling together team-based senior design projects that tackle real-world, real-time problems.
- Purdue University Northwest is part of the world-renowned Purdue system.
- You’ll have the opportunity to earn both baccalaureate and master’s engineering degrees within five years.
- In addition to extensive technical skills, students learn project management and written and oral communication skills essential for the engineering profession.
- You’ll be sought after by a wide range of industries, follow a variety of exciting career paths, and are offered very competitive starting salaries.
PNW Mechanical Engineering students are in demand, not only for their deep appreciation and comprehension of the principles of engineering analysis and design—but also for their ability to identify opportunities, articulate a vision, and see projects through. They make us #PNWEngineeringProud.
Professor Chenn Zhou is a dedicated teacher and researcher; her passion is to provide students with both fundamental knowledge and real-world problem solving skills through classroom lectures and industrial projects. She has more than 35 years’ experience in areas of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), combustion, energy, multiphase reacting flows and air pollution control, and is on the cutting edge in the integration of computer simulation and virtual reality visualization. She established the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) and the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC).
The Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. This ensures that the program is independently reviewed and meets the quality expectation for that profession.
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Upon graduation, I started working with General motors as a Component Validation Engineer (CVE), and am now accountable for ensuring that components are tested in accordance with all applicable requirements. Antennas are on every GM vehicle in almost every region of the world, and the PDR (Performance Data Recorder) is installed in a limited number of vehicles. I am also a full time tester of the PDR system which enables me to test drive these vehicles! My responsibilities also include training of the entire GM validation team (over 500 employees) on CVE procedures. With constant changes in technology, this job stays fresh and challenging. The knowledge I earned while attending Purdue has been an integral part of the success that I enjoy at GM.
Where do our alums work?
- ArcelorMittal Steel
- Cisco Systems
- Johnson Controls
- Lucent Technologie
- US Steel
- BP Scholarship
- College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science Scholarship
- Hunter Family Engineering Scholarship
- Jack E. Forbes Scholarship
- Louis & Frances Wermuth Scholarship
- Michael Todd Bell Mechanical Engineering Scholarship
- Schwingendorf Engineering Scholarship
- Sydney Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship
- Sydney Smith Talent Scholarship
- Enbridge Energy Pipeline Awareness Scholarship
- Michael Thompson Endowed Scholarship
- M E 27100 – Basic Mechanics I: Statics
- M E 31200 – Fluid Mechanics
- M E 32500 – Dynamics of Physical Systems
- M E 42900 – Senior Design I