University’s Feedback: Why you should study Mechanical Engineering at UF?
Mechanical Engineering is among the oldest and broadest of all engineering disciplines. ME applies the principles of engineering, physics, materials and engineering science for the analysis, design, manufacturing, testing and maintenance of mechanical systems.
ME is an interdisciplinary major that involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power, encompasses mechanical and systems design, testing and manufacturing, controls and optimization, and overlaps into the disciplines of aerospace engineering, metallurgical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, petroleum engineering, manufacturing engineering, chemical engineering and biomedical engineering.
The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) administers the Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE) and the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). MAE is home to about 1,600 undergraduate students, with about 70% majoring in ME and about 30% in AE, with about 10% of our students earn dual BS degrees in ME and AE.
- Largest department on UF campus
- 53 full-time faculty members
- More than a dozen student societies
- 5 dedicated undergraduate teaching laboratories 1,600 Undergraduate students
- 300 MS students
- 200 PhD graduate students
- MAE is the largest academic department on the UF campus, which provides a critical mass of faculty to ensure that our students are exposed to a great depth and breadth of expertise and experience.
Most of our research-active faculty members host undergraduate researchers, including through NSF REU experiences, to assist with various projects. We also promote co-op and internship programs, working directly with a wide range of companies. About 50% of our graduates have completed an internship upon graduation. MAE students continue to be sought out by a wide range of employers covering a variety of employment sectors.
MAE students benefit from social and professional opportunities through various student societies, such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and our two professional honor societies.
Our student groups also play key roles in promoting teamwork, implementation of classroom theory, and leadership through their many design and build teams such as the SAE Formula One, ASME Human Powered Vehicle and the AIAA Design/Build/Fly competitions.