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Department ofMechanical Engineering

Program Educational Objectives & Student Outcomes


The Mission of the Mechanical Engineering Department is to educate students to become effective engineers and leaders, empowered to contribute to the improvement of society and the betterment of the human condition. Our curriculum, grounded in the Jesuit tradition, encourages a growth mindset and entrepreneurial thinking so that our graduates will meet the dynamic interdisciplinary challenges of one's career path and find creative, ethical, and innovative solutions. Students learn the fundamental physical laws that describe the natural world and  bring their ideas to life through hands-on labs and projects conducted in state-of-the-art facilities. Our faculty are engaged in research across the mechanical engineering spectrum with partnerships in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years after graduation, our students will:
  • Become successful professionals, demonstrating their knowledge and depth of understanding of mechanical engineering in industry or further academic studies.
  • Develop ethical and innovative engineering solutions that meet our responsibilities to society and the environment, based on fundamental principles using modern analysis techniques, testing, and validation, and guided by the concepts of competence, conscience, and compassion.
  • Work in a team environment, communicate effectively, share their knowledge and expertise, and exercise leadership as appropriate.
  • Be dedicated to lifelong learning and personal growth for the betterment of society and to meet the challenges and obligations of tomorrow.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program graduates will have an ability to:
  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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Chair: Hohyun Lee

Senior Administrative Assistant:
Gina Orais 


Mechanical Engineering
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053