About Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineers apply the principles of mechanics and energy to the design of machines and devices. They must be able to control mechanical systems and usually work with other professionals in designing these systems. Automobiles, engines, heating and air-conditioning system, gas and steam turbines, air and space vehicles, trains, ships, servomechanisms, transmission mechanisms, machine tools, material handling systems, elevators and escalators, and robots used in industry are a few of the systems and devices requiring mechanical engineering knowledge.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers dynamic educational programs and a faculty poised to deliver quality engineering education. The department also offers studies leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Engineering and the Ph.D. The Master of Engineering and Ph.D. programs also include interdisciplinary degrees in Atmospheric Sciences and Materials Sciences.

Department at a Glance

10 Faculty and 3 Emeritus Faculty

Department Equipment and Facilities

  • Wind Tunnel
  • Material Testing Facility
  • Machine Shop
  • 3D Printer
  • Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Testing Lab

Offered focus areas include

  • Applied Mechanics
  • Energy Systems
  • Manufacturing
  • Aerospace

Student Organizations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)

Yearlong Capstone Senior Project

Educational Objectives

  1. Graduates will have careers in mechanical engineering related fields and professions.
  2. Graduates will continue career planning and engage in professional development through continuing education including: workshops, obtaining professional registration and certificates, participating in conference activities, and graduate studies.
  3. Graduates will use their analytical, teamwork, leadership and communication skills to effectively participate in the development of products and finding solutions [to problems] sought by local and/or the global community.


Congratulations to the Howard University Class of 2016 Mechanical Engineering Department Graduates!

Thu, June, 23 2016

Congratulations to the Howard University Class of 2016 Mechanical Engineering Department Graduates!Read More >>

Mechanical Engineering Students Presented Oral and Poster Presentations on their Research at Howard University's Annual Research Symposium Thursday April 14th, 2016

Tue, April, 19 2016

Howard University held it's annual Research Symposium April 14th, 2016 as part of its week of events for Research Week. Three students from the department of mechanical engineering presented oral and poster presentations on their current research.Read More >>


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