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Marshall University: Where Mechanical Engineering leaders are made

Zaynab Salem is ready to make a difference with her Marshall University degree. Her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering not only prepared her “extremely well,” but also armed her with “the right set of tools and skills to pursue a professional degree in a distinguished and world-renowned US university.”

“I am prepared to lead the transformations and innovations taking place in every segment of our life,” she shares.

Mechanical engineers like Salem get the best possible start at the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences (CECS). Here, five departments — applied safety & technology, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer sciences and electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering — provide a world-class, hands-on, project-based education in all degree programmes, both graduate and undergraduate.

This is where aspiring mechanical engineers like Salem learn how to analyse their work using the principles of motion, energy, and force — ensuring that designs function safely, efficiently, and reliably, all at a competitive cost. All of this enables them to create technologies to meet human needs. Virtually every product or service in modern life has probably been touched in some way by a mechanical engineer to help humankind.

This includes solving today’s problems and creating future solutions in healthcare, energy, transportation, world hunger, space exploration, climate change, and more. Breakthroughs in materials and analytical tools have opened new frontiers for mechanical engineers. Nanotechnology, biotechnology, composites, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and acoustical engineering have all expanded the mechanical engineering toolbox.

Marshall University graduate Zaynab Salem is ready to make a difference as an engineer. Source: Marshall University

Mechanical engineers play key roles in a wide range of industries including automotive, aerospace, biotechnology, computers, electronics, microelectromechanical systems, energy conversion, robotics and automation, and manufacturing. The best mechanical engineering programmes empower students with creative thinking skills to design an exciting product or system; analytical tools to achieve their design goals; the ability to overcome all constraints; and the teamwork needed to design, market, and produce a system. 

Marshall University offers just that. “I chose Marshall University’s mechanical engineering programme because of the small class sizes, easy access to faculty, and its strong hands-on component that is well-rooted in research and experiential learning,” explains Salem.

Over the years, Marshall’s faculty members and students have made remarkable contributions to technological and social progress, and today, they carry on the tradition of innovation as engineering transforms nearly every aspect of life. Here, faculty members represent leading experts in their fields who are dedicated to teaching, to pushing research frontiers, and to increasing interdisciplinary collaborations across the college and with external partners.

What’s more, CECS students benefit from state-of-the-art instructional and research laboratories and facilities. “Marshall’s mechanical engineering programme provided me with many research opportunities under the close supervision of my professors and prepared me for advanced research along the way,” shares Yousef Abdelgaber, an undergraduate student of the Mechanical Engineering programme at Marshall University.

Student Yousef Abdelgaber has excellent employment and graduate school prospects thanks to CECS. Source: Marshall University

Abdelgaber is currently looking forward to starting his Accelerated Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering where he will “have a head start” on getting the experience he needs to prepare him for his academic career and in starting to build the skills needed for what lies ahead.

The college has two aims for its graduates: one, to prepare highly skilled students for their professional careers; and two, to connect them with industry and employers. With the help of his advisor, Abdelgaber tailored the Accelerated Master’s Programme to help him achieve his goals and pursue a PhD in Robotics and Machine Learning in the future.

Xiaotian Xu. Source: Marshall University

Xiaotian Xu is another example of how Marshall creates opportunities for graduates. The  Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering graduate’s research was focused on multi-objective control and design of mechanical systems and nonlinear vibration analysis of vehicles. Through this cutting-edge research, he was able to publish four peer-reviewed papers.

“Marshall University’s extraordinary efforts in offering high-quality education to international students attracted me to join it,” Xu shares. He received “tonnes of help and thoughtful services,” had access to “plenty of resources and tools,” and worked with “excellent professors.”

In other words, he led a dynamic intellectual, artistic, and cultural life at Marshall. “The Weisberg Department of Mechanical Engineering, where I had spent two years enjoying studying and working, provides a great opportunity of meeting with excellent professors and engaging in research activities,” he enthuses. “Without the help from professors in the department, I would never achieve academic success and become who I am.”

As a mechanical engineer, you might design robots and automatic control systems, or work with medical professionals to investigate the human body and design instruments for medicine. The college’s Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering provides students the ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. Students will also apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs of public health, safety, and welfare, taking into account global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.

For graduates who are ready to take on leadership roles in this industry, the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering fits the bill. This programme combines core knowledge such as mechanics; thermal science; materials and manufacturing; control systems; and product design. Students graduate ready to be leaders in industry, government and private research.

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