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Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering and Applied Science

About Mechanical and Energy Systems Engineering

Mechanical engineering is the broadest of all engineering disciplines. It deals with diverse engineering problems in solid mechanics, fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, heat transfer, energy conversion, vibration, design, manufacturing, controls, materials science and electromechanical systems. Mechanical engineers are employed in almost every industry. If there are moving parts or if energy is converted from one form to another, a mechanical engineer was responsible for the design. Energy systems engineering contributes to technical design of energy conversion systems, but also has a background in sustainability, permitting and environmental aspects pertaining to implementation of energy-related systems.

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Degree Programs

Why Mechanical and Energy Systems Engineering?

Mechanical Engineering

  • The ME program at UW offers committed, professional instruction. All ME classes (including laboratories) are taught by full-time faculty and all faculty have Ph.D. degrees.
  • Our faculty maintain an open-door policy, making them extremely accessible to students.
  • Students receive a hands-on education with ME class sizes averaging 28 students per lecture class and 10 students per laboratory section.
  • Notable employers of our graduates: Bechtel Marine Propulsion, Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Arch Coal.
  • Projected job growth is 5 percent from 2012 to 2022.
  • Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines and wind turbines.\
  • UW graduates are employed at more than 700 companies and in all 50 states.

Energy Systems Engineering

  • Energy Systems Engineering is a unique and relatively new engineering program designed by UW’s Mechanical Engineering faculty – there is no other program like this one in the nation!  Launched in 2009, ESE was designed to provide a more comprehensive “systems engineering” approach to the development and implementation of energy-conversion systems.
  • The ESE program is similar to the ME degree in many respects, but ESE students do not take intermediate mechanics, machine design, two materials science, or mechatronics courses that ME students are required to complete. Instead, they take two classes pertaining to permitting that include study of various relevant law (like the Endangered Species Act) and development of Environmental Impact Statements. Another class dealing with legal aspects of energy systems development is chosen from a group of three offerings.
  • The program allows students to choose four energy-based technical electives from 11 offerings.  These electives include three courses in energy conversion, two in renewable energy (solar and wind engineering), two in environmental engineering, and two in petroleum engineering.



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January 6, 2017 ‖ Eight students from the University of Wyoming took advantage of an opportunity to meet with top engineering and business professionals over the summer.

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UW Student Organization Helps Build Dormitory in Africa

December 15, 2016 ‖ The University of Wyoming chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-WYO) completed its biggest project to date, helping construct a dormitory in an African country in the summer of 2016.

WDH President Corey McGregor in front of the adaptive hunting trailer built by a CEAS student team.

UW Engineering Student Group Designs Adaptive Hunting Trailer

November 18, 2016 ‖ Disabled Wyoming hunters just got a big boost, thanks to a project designed and built by a team of University of Wyoming mechanical engineering students.

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EN 2052

Dept. 3295

1000 E. University

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2122


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