Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is a very broad discipline incorporating the research, design, development, manufacturing and testing of mechanical devices.

Degrees Programs

Areas mechanical engineers work in:

  • Machine Design
  • Systems Design
  • Energy Resources
  • Aerospace 
  • Oil/Gas
  • Manufacturing and Production
  • Transportation and Environmental Impact
  • Materials and Structures
  • Energy Conversion 
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems






Recent News 

LU partners with Flowserve Corporation, a leading provider of flow control products and services for the global infrastructure markets, to open state-of-the-art learning center on campus. Read more (07/2022)

Based on the Department of Education college scorecard, the median starting salary of Mechanical Engineering graduates was $89,656, which Ranks #1 on campus. Read more (06/2022)

Mechanical Engineering senior students, Lisseth Aguilar, Mason Munoz, Jorge Magana, Adrian Galvan, Adrian Espinoza, Alexandra Villanueva with faculty mentor Dr. Jenny Zhou competed with 19 teams from top Universities in the Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) Challenge in Spring 2022. The team won the 3rd place award for the poster, 4th place award for the model, and 7th place as a top team (04/2022) 

Materials Characterization Center provides high-end characterization instruments to faculty in the university research community for studies in the fields of material, biological and environmental sciences. Center also helps undergraduate senior design and research projects. Dr. Chun-Wei Yao in Mechanical Engineering has served as director of the Center.  Dr. Zhe Fan of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Robert Kelley Bradley of Industrial and Systems Engineering, are among the committee members (02/2022)

The National Science Foundation has awarded Dr. Zhe Fan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, on his engineering research initiative in complex concentrated alloys. Dr. Fan’s research proposal titled, “Mechanical Behavior of Dual Phase Complex Concentrated Alloys at Elevated Temperatures” which will study the relationship between high temperature mechanical behavior, deformation mechanisms and interface effects in single-phase face-centered cubic and single-phase body centered cubic dual phase complex concentrated alloys (02/2022)

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has been collaborating with PNX Labs Inc. ( to develop virtual reality (VR) labs for undergraduate Mechanical Engineering education. The project led by Dr. Ping He aims to utilize VR technology and standalone headsets in classroom teaching. The VR immersive experience, virtual user-object interactions and embedded learning contents are expected to play an important role in undergraduate education (02/2022)

Drs. Sushil Doranga and Xuejun Fan of the Department of Mechanical Engineering are collaborating with Houston-based Semiconductor Company, Octavo System, to develop a novel method to evaluate the fatigue life of the system in packaging (SIP) under harsh vibration environments. SIP packages are highly adopted in wireless communications, Internet of things (IOT), computing storage and even energy harvesting. The results of this study will help manufacturer launch products in markets with longer service life at a competitive price (02/2022)

Some of you plan to take the FE exam in the spring, which is a very good move. Preparation for the exam is non-trivial, and everyone has a different approach to it. One component that many prefer is a specific review program, which may help you pass the FE the first time. UT is offering a refresher course on Zoom that will be delivered over the course of four Saturdays in February and the beginning of March 2022:

February 12th, 2022 – 8:00am to 4:00pm
February 19th, 2022 – 8:00am to 4:00pm
February 26th, 2022 – 8:00am to 4:00pm
March 5th, 2022, 2021 – 8:00am to 4:00pm  
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Lamar Engineering ranks #3 in 2021 for return on investment as ranked by  LU is consistently ranked high in this survey due to low cost and high career achievement of our graduates (10/5/2021).

Dr. Kendrick Aung memorial Scholarship has been established (08/10/2021)

Congratulations to Dr. Yao, Dr. Li, and Dr. Fan on receiving research fundings from the Lamar Center for Midstream Management and Science (07/20/2021)

Dr. Yao received industry funding for his project “Superhydrophobic Surfaces with Anti-Biofouling Properties.” The project has been funded by Dr. Tu’s Clinic for a total of $10,000 (07/01/2021)

M.E. students, Britney Sumayah and Christian Chavez, have been awarded Houston Gas Processors Association Scholarship. For more information, please see LU press release (06/02/2021)

Mechanical Engineering Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Team-Not Fast Just Furious won the champion title at the 2021 College of Engineering Senior Design Symposium (04/30/2021)

M.E. student, Tyler Martin, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. For more information, please see LU press release (04/09/2021)

Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students, Kalen Baker with faculty mentor Dr. Ping He and Gabriel West with faculty mentor Dr. Sushil Doranga, won the 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from the Office of Undergraduate Research (03/24/2021)

M.E. student, Dylan Palmer from Dr. Yao's research group is selected as the Lamar student representative for the Texas Undergraduate Research Day 2021. For more information, please see LU press release (02/24/2021) 


LU Mechanical Engineering Experience  



Take the first step!

The first step toward your future in Mechanical Engineering begins right now with a connection to Haley Strahan, our Director of Outreach and Student Services, who can help you learn more about the great programs in the College of Engineering, arrange a campus visit, talk to a current student, explore scholarship possibilities and more. Email or call 409-880-8714.