Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineering program at GW is part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. It is the broadest of engineering disciplines.  We teach you the fundamentals in statics, dynamics, design, materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer—knowledge that lets you design and build creative solutions for our global challenges.  You also get the opportunity to explore aspects of traditional mechanical and aerospace engineering as well as emerging research in biomedical engineering and nanotechnology.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

GW’s mechanical engineering program offers options in aerospace engineering, biomechanical engineering, patent law and medical preparation.  

What can I expect to learn in the Mechanical Engineering program at GW?

You will learn to analyze forces, stress, energy, power, materials, motion, manufacturability and societal impact. You can apply these lessons to design products and processes such as aircraft engines, vehicles, robots, manufacturing machinery and power-generation systems. You will be challenged to become a creative problem solver.

What is the Mechanical Engineering community like at GW?

The community is collegial, supportive and relatively small. We support many student organizations and extracurricular activities, such as the mini Baja vehicle competition, student chapters of Engineers Without Borders, Theta Tau engineering fraternity, Alpha Omega Epsilon engineering sorority and others.

What can I do in the Mechanical Engineering field?

Mechanical engineers develop almost anything that involves energy and moving parts, so you will have many career options and opportunities to make a difference. These include careers in the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, power generation and transformation or biomedical industries. Your degree also prepares you for further studies in a number of fields.


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    Very cool applications:

    Students at GW work on a new technology that has applications to refrigeration systems and power plants and could lead to fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Bringing home the Gold:biomechanics graphical representation of swimmer

    Bringing home the Gold:

    Our students have participated in biomechanics research to help the U.S. Olympic swimming team bring home more medals.

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    Working with industry:

    As a class project, our students collaborated with a local utility company to develop a new platform that helps service power lines from helicopters.