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From the printing press to 3-D-printed human hearts, machines make revolutionary achievements possible. Learn how to design materials and machinery that pioneer a new age of innovation.

Mechanical Engineering

Degrees Available: Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctorate

In Mechanical Engineering (ME), you will be trained to design, develop, test, and manufacture components or processes that do useful work.  Examples are everywhere and include (but are not limited to) transportation systems (cars, planes, ships, etc.), home and commercial air conditioning/heating systems, clean power generation, home appliances, medical devices, manufacturing equipment, etc.  Mechanical Engineering is a foundational branch of engineering because ME’s are needed to contribute to the development of an incredibly wide variety of systems.

What You’ll Study

  • Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • Machine Design
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacturing
  • Systems Modeling

Student Story

I’ve been working with Doctor Stuart Williams on the Whiskey Web project. I was given a four set of whiskeys to work with over the summer. The most important thing I’ve learned in this process is how much patience is required in research. - Daniel Foushee

Explore Our Degree Offerings

Regardless of the stage in your engineering journey, Speed School gives you options to reach your goal. Our undergraduate degree earns you a Bachelors of Science in 4 years, with an option to acquire a masters degree in only one additional year. Our graduate options will give you a professional advantage or take you into more advanced research. Find your trajectory, as an undergraduate, graduate student, or professional.

Check your Undergraduate Flight Plan

The Flight Plan is a structured, measurable guide for your academic success and growth. Our award-winning academic counselors will work with you to find your optimal path to graduation.

Research Opportunities

Speed School also offers research fellowships to support doctoral students. Interested in specific research with faculty? Check out their research interests.


Engineering students use the UofL 3-D Printing Business Incubator

62567 $

Median salary reported by recent graduates

16000 $

Average minimum debt for Speed School graduates

Why Choose Mechanical Engineering at UofL?

There are a lot of great engineering schools across America. Why should I attend UofL? Here are just a few reasons:

  • With a full time, in-state/out-of-state tuitions of $11,264/$26,286 per academic year (2019-2020), UofL provides a great education at a reasonable cost. Compare this with in-state/out-of-state tuitions at other local schools: Purdue ($10,002/$28,804), Michigan ($14,402/$45,410), and Ohio State ($10,037/$28,229).
  • We have outstanding professors, who actually teach our courses! In 2018, almost 50% of the M.E. faculty were recognized university-wide for teaching excellence.
  • The bachelors degree in M.E. has a required co-op component, which insures that students emerge with one year’s worth of (paid) practical experience.
  • We’ve recently expanded our lab offerings (M.E. 312, 324, and 415) and renovated our undergraduate labs, for a more intensive and complete hands-on experience
  • Our junior year courses M.E. 380 (CAD) and M.E. 381 (Manufacturing) now have a hands-on component. Students are required to design specified components and then manufacture the components in our labs using our milling, 3-D printing, and injection molding facilities.
  • Successful students in the bachelors program may opt to stay for another year (a 5th year) and emerge with a Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) Degree.
  • Our B.S. and M.Eng. Degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.