Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida! Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of engineering disciplines that offers a variety of career choices. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal devices, including tools, engines, and machines. Mechanical engineers work mostly in engineering services, research and development, manufacturing industries, and the federal government.
The Mechanical Engineering Department at USF has about 350 undergraduates and 100 graduate students. In 2012-13, the department awarded 120 BS degrees, placing it in the top 15% of mechanical engineering programs nationally. Our students come from over 40 countries. Our engineering graduates are making a deep impact on the society. Several of our alumni are successful entrepreneurs and hold senior positions in large corporations. Our students are in great demand with lucrative job offers by local, regional, national and international companies including Boeing, Honeywell, Siemens, Motorola, Honda, Lockheed, TECO, P&G, Jabil, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Harris, and Raytheon. According to the 2014 NACE salary survey, Mechanical Engineering is among the 10 top paid majors (also highest in the total number of new jobs among engineering majors) with average starting salary of $63,100.
Our faculty members are committed to conducting research as a means of improving society, increasing the nation's prosperity, and maintaining up-to-date teaching instruction. Most of the research in the department is interdisciplinary and collaborative. Areas of research include robotics, biomedical and tissue engineering, nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing, micro electromechanical systems, biosensors and biofluids, clean energy technologies, compliant mechanisms, rehabilitation engineering, system dynamics and vibrations, composite materials, and sustainable designs. Sponsors include government agencies such as NSF, DOE, DOD and NASA, non-profit organizations, and also the private sector.
With collaboration among faculty, graduate students and undergraduates, we have achieved national and international prominence for our research and teaching efforts.
Our faculty and students have received a large number of patents through innovative research as well as design courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The program has active student sections of ASME and SAE centered on national and international design competitions. Two-thirds of the undergraduate mechanical engineering students belong to ASME. As a result, students who actively participate are able to expand their education while building professional networks in the Tampa community. USF SAE Mini-Baja team has been placed first in the world twice.
The department has eight professional society fellows, several prestigious national and university teaching award winners including the 2012 US Professor of the Year, four NSF CAREER awardees, and one NSF PECASE awardee.
The Student Society of Automotive Engineers (USF Racing) designs, builds, and races Formula SAE cars.