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for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM), which is the home of the MSE Department. A senior design project forms the capstone to the MSE curriculum and provides students with the opportunity to carry out graduate-level research or to participate in team projects focusing on the applications of materials in emerging technologies.  Since the founding of the department in 1946, undergraduates have received numerous University and national awards recognizing the excellence they have achieved in our program, and have gone on to numerous positions of national prominence.
The minimum requirements for the BSE degree in Materials Science and Engineering are:
 • Five Mathematics courses
 • Seven Natural Science courses
 • Thirteen Engineering courses
 • Five Technical Elective courses
 • Seven Social Science, Humanities or Technology in Business and Society courses
 • Three Free Elective courses
Mechanical Engineering and
Applied Mechanics
Mechanical engineers impact a broad spectrum of technology and are engaged in analysis, design, and fabrication of devices and systems.  Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) involves the study of forces, deformation and motions of solid bodies and fluids, heat generation and its transport phenomena, electro-mechanical systems including emerging devices at the micro- and nano-scale, robotics, as well as biomechanics. The MEAM curriculum offers its students a broad-based education that will allow them to adapt to changes in technology in our rapidly changing society. At the same time, the curriculum offers the flexibility to specialize in one or more areas in mechanical engineering such as computer-aided-design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), energy engineering, design and product development, fluid mechanics, or structure mechanics, or even such cross-disciplinary areas as robotics, biomechanics, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), or mechanics of materials. Students are encouraged to do research during their course of study and are provided every opportunity to master critical skills to be successful in their future career.
Career opportunities available to our graduates are perhaps the broadest among all fields of engineering. A wide variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, electronics and computers, chemical and materials, and biomedical, recruit mechanical engineers. Positions range from research and development to design and manufacturing to field engineering and marketing. Graduates have taken positions with consulting and financial institutions, while others have gone on to graduate studies in
engineering, business, law, and medicine.
Program Educational Objectives: The Mechanical Engineering program at Penn is designed to provide graduates a broad and rigorous education empowering them with the tools to work on technologies of today and preparing them to master technologies of tomorrow. Students will develop literacy and competency in utilizing mathematical, scientific and engineering techniques commonly used by mechanical engineers, while being able to apply these techniques to create useful engineering artifacts or products. The ultimate goal of the program is to prepare our graduates to be intellectual leaders in academia, industry, government and society. The Mechanical Engineering Program Objectives are:
 • To educate our students in the fundamental principles of mathematics, science, and engineering, and to train them in modern problem-solving tools used commonly by mechanical engineers;
 • To train students to apply their basic knowledge of mechanical engineering principles and techniques to analyze, synthesize and design engineering systems;
 • To maintain a flexible curriculum providing students a broad education and a skill set that allows them to think critically and contribute to areas well outside traditional boundaries of mechanical engineering;
 • To prepare students to be engineering professionals by training them to communicate effectively, function effectively as members and leaders of multi-disciplinary teams, and exposing them to the broad range of social, ethical and environmental issues that may be relevant to mechanical engineering; and
 • To support and prepare students in the pursuit of advanced degrees for those who wish to, by providing opportunities to participate in research activities and mentoring interactions with faculty and graduates.
Mechanical engineering students are expected to formulate a degree program that includes basic coursework in several aspects of mechanical engineering. The curriculum is sufficiently flexible so that the student can pursue a number of elective options in depth either in traditional mechanical engineering subjects or in another engineering program at Penn. Flexibility in the curriculum, primarily in the junior and senior years and coupled with a senior design project, enables a student to pursue an elective program in fields such as aeronautics, robotics, computers, electronics, business administration, advanced mathematics, automatic control, and materials.
The minimum requirements for the BSE degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics are:
 • Five Mathematics courses
 • Five Natural Science courses
 • Ten Mechanical Engineering courses