About the department

About the department

We're a rapidly growing department with a focus on research and education that serves the state of Nevada.

Innovative faculty With expertise in emerging, interdisciplinary areas like soft robotics and advanced manufacturing, we're advancing research in mechanical engineering.
Leon Liao
Hands-on learning Between competition teams and internships, the world is your classroom.
Three students prepare to launch a large, high-altitude balloon in the mountains
Newly renovated facilities Palmer Engineering recently underwent a $14 million renovation to make our home state of the art.
Three construction workers stand in a large, open space during the renovations
Connected to industry From internships to industry-oriented minors, we're working closely with Nevada's key engineering employers
A student and a recruiter from Panasonic talk during a career fair

Our educational objectives

Undergraduate program objectives

The program educational objectives are that graduates of our bachelor's degree program in mechanical engineering will be:

  • Proficient in performing entry-level mechanical engineering analysis and design.
  • Able to define, design, execute, and analyze experiments.
  • Able to communicate effectively, verbally, and in writing.
  • Successful in pursuit of graduate studies at UNR or at other institutions.

Graduate program objectives

Our graduate program in mechanical engineering is directed towards preparing motivated students to become professionally competent and capable of independent, self-directed research in one of several sub-disciplines of mechanical engineering, including solid mechanics/design, materials processing and advanced manufacturing, thermo-fluids/energy sciences, and mechatronics/robotics and systems dynamics/controls.

Upon graduating from our program, our students will have:

  • An ability to apply engineering research and theory to advance the art, science, and practice of the discipline;
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze, interpret, apply, and disseminate the data;
  • An understanding of research methodology.