Department Overview

The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department offers an ABET accredited undergraduate program leading to a BS degree and graduate programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

The Mechanical Engineering Department at UMBC strives to become the program of choice in the Baltimore-Washington region for students to become international leaders in the Mechanical Engineering profession serving, industry, research laboratories and academia.

There are sixteen faculty members in the Mechanical Engineering program, comprised of thirteen tenured or tenure-track faculty members, and three non-tenure track faculty members who are primarily responsible for the undergraduate ME program. There are more  than 500 undergraduate majors and over 90 graduate students in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. For outstanding students, a BS/MS program is also available.  Enrollment and graduation data are located on the College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT) web site:

The ME Department is committed to excellence in research and education and offers distinct undergraduate experiences in design realization through the SAE Mini Baja as well as ASME sponsored competitions, through industry sponsored real world capstone design projects, and through special undergraduate research opportunities offered to undergraduate students each year.  Students can also augment their coursework and gain practical engineering experience through internships or co-ops.

Housed in a state of the art $30 million facility, the Department has more than 12,000 sq. ft. dedicated to 15 laboratories, each unique in its research field. Funding from NIH, NSF (including CAREER and Presidential Young Investigator awards), the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army attest to the growing research strength of the department, providing national and international reputation.


The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Department is to provide a program of learning opportunities enabling students to become:

1. Well educated professionals in Mechanical Engineering in accordance with modern standards and expectations of this field.

2. Intellectually curious and accomplished to the point of being independent thinkers, inventors, and creators of knowledge in Mechanical Engineering.

3. Broadly educated in the humanities, social sciences and ethics, and sensitive to our local as well as global cultures.

Please contact the Mechanical Engineering Department with any questions.

View a welcome message from the Department Chair, Dr. Ruey-Hung Chen.