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Howard University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering has been educating world-class mechanical engineers since 1907. Hands-on learning, high quality research and entrepreneurial spirit are the main drivers for student success in our department. Our faculty link engineering education with professional practice to engage students in applying the principles of mechanical engineering in real-world problems as early as freshman year. We produce the next generation of high quality engineers who enter the workforce in industrial, government and national labs or pursue graduate degrees as future academicians or research scientists.

We offer the following degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy. The master's and Ph.D. programs also include interdisciplinary degrees in Atmospheric Sciences and Materials Sciences. Other focus areas offered include applied mechanics, energy systems, manufacturing, and aerospace. Our curriculum covers fundamental mechanical engineering courses in the areas of thermal sciences, mechanical design, mechanics, and system design and controls. Technical electives, hands-on capstone projects, and innovation space opportunities allow students to specialize in automotive, aerospace, energy, manufacturing, and other engineering fields. Graduates also have the potential to work as professional licensed engineers.

Our faculty comprise award-winning engineering educators and scholars who are poised to deliver quality engineering education. Seven out of ten of our tenured and tenure-track faculty members are internationally recognized by peers as fellows of ASME and other professional associations. With a long tradition of academic excellence, our department continues to hire professors of the highest caliber and places strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research, services and professional development.

We currently have one National Science Foundation funded research center and four well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art facilities. These laboratories support funded research projects aimed at extending the frontiers of knowledge in many fields including Applied Mechanics and Materials, Fatigue/Failure, Digital Manufacturing (3-D Printing), CAD/CAM, MEMS and Sensors, Surface Engineering and Nanofluids, and Combustion and Reactive CFD. These cutting-edge research projects are funded by several governmental agencies, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration and U.S. Army Research Office, as well as industrial partners, such as Boeing, General Motors, Northrop Grumman Corporation and Filter Sensing Technology, Inc.

We provide extensive support for undergraduate student participation in funded research projects. This approach has been used to strengthen our undergraduate research experience, instill their interests in pursuing graduate studies, or fill significant positions in a wide variety of industries and research centers both in the U.S. and abroad. For over 25 years, the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Howard University has involved a number of industrial partners and national labs in its capstone design projects to expose students to real-life design projects. Students experience unique networking and learning opportunities in an industrial environment, while building their teamwork skills.

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Alumnus Oscar Barton, Jr. Named Morgan State Engineering Dean

Mon, August 3, 2020

Mechanical Engineering Alumnus Oscar Barton, Jr. (MSME ‘87, Ph.D. ‘93), the first African American to receive the Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University, was recently named dean of the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering at Morgan State University. Dr. Barton’s leadership will assist with the efforts of engineering deans at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to diversify the engineering fields and promote the position of HBCUs as leading research institutions in science and engineering.Read More >>

ME Chair Nadir Yilmaz Honored with SAE International Leadership Citation

Tue, July 7, 2020

Department of Mechanical Engineering Chair and Professor Nadir Yilmaz, Ph.D., P.E., recently received the prestigious SAE International Leadership Citation from SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers. The SAE International Leadership Citation provides public recognition to one individual annually who is internationally acknowledged for continuous professional involvement and participation in SAE programs and events worldwide. Read More >>

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