Welcome to Mechanical Engineering at Memorial University.
Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and most diverse engineering disciplines that deals with machinery, energy systems, transportation and manufacturing. Students are drawn to the variety of courses and the many engineering sectors that utilize mechanical engineers. After four semesters of mechanical engineering fundamentals, students can choose from one of our four technical streams in mechatronics, petroleum, thermal-fluids/energy or mechanics and materials in their final two study terms. The cross-section of specialties leads to careers in different sectors ranging from automotive, aerospace, biomedical, defence and oil and gas operations.
Because of the popularity of our program, we cap our enrolment at 85 students. The smaller class sizes in senior study terms ensure personalized instruction and effective mentoring. Our students become a close knit group, supporting one another during their years here.
Our mandatory co-op work terms give you up to two full years of practical industry experience. Your final design project, inspired by a real industry need, means you’ll graduate with a portfolio in hand that demonstrates your skill sets. Recent projects from students included a fully functioning underwater robotic manipulator, application of 3D printing in jawbone and skull reconstruction, a novel 3D printed mechatronic prosthetic hand, a stair climbing wheel chair concept, an automatic CPR chest compression device and a small river power generator, to name a few.
Although the program is demanding, we encourage you to get involved in extracurricular activities. One popular activity is the SAE Baja Race Team, where you can apply what you’ve learned and have fun designing an off road vehicle. The year 2016 was an exciting year for the Baja Team as they entered the competition with a brand new vehicle and were chosen as one of six finalists from over 100 competitors, for the design finals for best overall car design. Other sponsored design competitions within the program challenge students to design and test a small remotely operated airplane. A new student team in SAE Aero is also in the works.
Additionally, students with a keen interest in entrepreneurship can work with mentors and advisors in the new Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship, a joint Business and Engineering venture. Earlier this year, four teams with students from mechanical engineering competed in a field of eight teams for the Start Up Cup cash prizes. Two of the three winning teams were comprised of mechanical engineering students.
We are continually growing and expect to have four new professors join the department before the end of 2017. We are an active research department with 80+ graduate students and many professors funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). I invite you to browse our website to learn about our department, staff and current news. There are also special sections for undergraduate, graduate and future students as well as our research areas, projects, hands-on labs and modern manufacturing equipment and facilities.
I look forward to welcoming you and wish you great success here.
Dr. Yuri Muzychka