Bring new and improved devices into being.
Imagine, design, and build the moving parts that drive our world.
Mechanical engineers have the ability to develop, create, prototype, and test parts and machinery that expand what is possible for society and industry. UIC educates mechanical engineers who can command that process from start to finish: keenly analyzing problems or needs, generating creative engineering approaches, designing and experimenting with real-world devices, and arriving at a fully functional and beneficial solution.
Be a part of the next generation of advances to emerge from UIC.
Learn about our ME curriculum
What do mechanical engineers do?
Aviation and Aerospace
Work in the high-technology industry that develops aircraft, aircraft parts, rockets, satellites, or spacecraft that will travel astronomical distances.
Combine mechanical engineering principles and biological knowledge to come up with devices that could improve human beings’ quality of life.
Develop more efficient ways to harness and store energy for industries that produce and deliver power.
Create and revamp machines that mass-produce consumer products, with a focus on improving operating efficiency.
Design a wide variety of functional and marketable products, including internal combustion engines, electric vehicles, appliances, and much more.
Forge the future with robots that can swim through a patient’s bloodstream, hover in the sky, or collect samples on a distant planet.
Enjoy hands-on experience in ME
UIC students don’t need to wait for classes or labs to practice the processes that underlie mechanical engineering. Our American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics team flies rockets. Our Engineering Design Team competes in robotics. Our Society of Automotive Engineers team, known as UIC Motorsports, builds and drives a Formula-style car and a Baja-style buggy.
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Meet the ME faculty
UIC’s mechanical engineering faculty members represent wide-ranging areas of expertise. Our faculty are involved in robotics, advanced energy storage (including next-generation batteries), carbon capture, combustion, nanotechnology, fluid mechanics, and so much more. Use the link below to access their individual profiles.
What do our alumni and students think?
I chose to earn my degree in mechanical engineering from UIC because of its commitment to diversity and its wide breadth of resources available to engineering students. “It was also important to me to live in a city that is a central hub for engineering. Being in Chicago made it easier for me to land internships and attend workshops critical to my career development.Systems Integration and Test Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
My favorite thing about the department would have to be the professors. They come from such diverse backgrounds and are leaders in their field. It’s always exciting to hear about breakthroughs that professors are making in their field of study.Mechanical Engineering ’20|
Professors at UIC continuously emphasize the importance of becoming knowledgeable in the field of mechanical engineering while gaining skills in other engineering disciplines. I am minoring in electrical engineering and have gained a vast amount of knowledge in electronics. Along with my mechanical engineering background, my minor has helped me land multiple internships while an undergraduate.Mechanical Engineering ’20|