Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers test the principles of physics and materials science to analyze, design, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.

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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

A BSME degree stands out in a competitive market. In addition to required coursework, students may take elective courses in power plant design, composite materials, robotics and unmanned systems, vehicle dynamics, biomedical device design and experimental biomechanics.

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Bachelor's-to master's degree

For students interested in a combined bachelor's and master's degree, an accelerated five-year program of study is available.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

A Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with either a thesis or non-thesis option, allows graduate students to stay at the forefront of technology. Students elevate their expertise with specialty fields such as biomechanics, renewable and sustainable energy and unmanned systems. Distinguished faculty guide the research, which is funded by prominent businesses and organizations. 

Specialty areas 

  • Biomechanics
  • Materials
  • Manufacturing
  • Thermal and Fluid Sciences
  • Robotics and Controls

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. 

We offer doctorate study through UMKC’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. Interested students select engineering as a discipline when applying for admission.

Suggested co-disciplines

  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Electrical and computer engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular biology and biochemistry
  • Oral biology
  • Physics
  • Telecommunication and computer networking

Areas of Research

  • 3D modeling and printing
  • Computer-aided design
  • Mechanical design synthesis
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Automation, robotics and controls
  • Turbulence modeling
  • Turbulent heat transfer
  • Stochastics systems
  • Renewable energy
  • Solar energy
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Energy storage
  • Unmanned aircraft
  • Aerospace engineering

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