Mechanical Engineering focuses on the study and application of mechanical systems. It covers a range of subtopics including mechatronics and robotics, structural analysis, thermodynamics and engineering design including the analysis of mechanical systems using finite element methods, the science of new materials and devices for micro electromechanical systems (MEMS), and biological and nanotechnology applications. Students receive a foundational education in a discipline central to challenges in energy, transportation, manufacturing, robotics, and the development of public infrastructure.
Students can pursue a degree with an emphasis in mechanical engineering through the following concentrations:
- A.B. in Engineering Sciences - Mechanical and Materials Science and Engineering Track
- S.B. in Mechanical Engineering
While students in either degree program take many of the same upper-level ME courses, the A.B. program offers the opportunity to study complementary disciplines in the natural and social sciences, and the S.B. program provides a broader basis in engineering fundamentals with courses from other engineering areas and design.
The requirements for these concentrations can be found in the Harvard College Handbook for Students.