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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Learn to make anything.

 A view of the School of Engineering Quad during Senior Design shows flags and people visiting displays

Mechanical engineering is essential to the design and manufacture of nearly every product in our modern world. From your first project on the CNC mill in the Computer-Aided Manufacturing and Prototyping Lab to the possibility of designing thermofluid systems for effective energy use in the Microscale Heat Transfer Laboratory or expanding the capabilities of our NASA satellites and seafaring submersibles, you’ll have significant opportunities to put concept into practice, often working at the leading edge of the field.

Whether you get your B.S., Master's, or Ph.D in the department, you’ll develop your creative and technical skills from faculty members who’ve worked for industry giants and have received millions in support of their research.

We train our students to think across disciplines, while also solving very specialized problems. You’ll be prepared to work in research and development, product design, or materials engineering at top firms in and beyond the Bay Area.