Mechanical engineers apply principles of physical sciences to the analysis, simulation, design and testing of mechanical components. With expertise in the mechanical engineering sciences of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, kinematics and engineering design, mechanical engineers apply their expertise to the design of a wide range of components in a variety of industries. In developing these designs, mechanical engineers often use computer aided design and simulation software to create virtual prototypes. Examples of components developed by mechanical engineers include automotive parts, robots, biomedical devices, heating and ventilation systems, and aerospace components. Mechanical engineers are actively involved in the advancement of alternative energy sources including the implementation of wind power technology, solar energy, lightweight materials and structures, and nuclear power. Mechanical engineers with advanced degrees often work in research and development. After beginning their career in a technical position, many mechanical engineers move into management.
To illustrate the diversity of career opportunities for mechanical engineers, consider the following list of people who began their careers with degrees in the area of mechanical engineering:
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Alumnus Sharon Ruggieri appointed Chief Operating Officer
MCE/IEP (Spanish) Class of 2007 alum Sharon Ruggieri has returned to Rhode Island as Chief Operating Officer of Dear Kate, a Providence based lingerie company. (URI News Release)
Lean Manufacturing Applied to Health Care
ISE Prof. Valerie Maier-Speredelozzi is leading a team of researchers that is applying principles of lean manufacturing to a variety of systems at the VA Medical Center in Providence to find faster, better and more cost effective delivey of health care (URI News Release, video).
Consumer Product Sustainability
At a recent meeting led by ISE Prof. Manbir Sodhi, industry representatives, sustainability advocates and researchers met to discuss sustainable manufacturing of consumer products.