Mechanical engineering is a discipline of engineering that uses the principles of physics and materials science for the analysis and design of mechanical and thermal systems. Mechanical engineering is critical to the success of many human enterprises - it plays a central role in the generation and distribution of energy, transportation, manufacturing, and infrastructure development.
Nearly every product or service in modern life has been touched in some way by a mechanical engineer. Department Website
Because it exists within Harvard’s liberal arts environment, the Mechanical Engineering concentration provides students with both the breadth and depth of study needed to excel in this area of engineering. The curriculum emphasizes a solid background in the applied sciences and mathematical analysis, with ample opportunities to apply these fundamentals to real-world issues and learn about state-of-the-art technologies. Students also gain experience in the engineering design process, which is a unique engineering activity that requires creative synthesis and analysis to fulfill specified needs.
Harvard’s degree in Mechanical Engineering is a Bachelor of Science (S.B.) degree that consists of 20 four-credit courses. This program was new in the fall of 2012 and was under review for ABET-accreditation in 2015-16. Students interested in the mechanical engineering area at the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) level should refer to the mechanical and materials science track of the Engineering Sciences concentration. Additionally, students interested in learning more about the other engineering areas should refer to the Biomedical Engineering (A.B.), Engineering Sciences (A.B. or S.B.), or Electrical Engineering (S.B.) concentrations, which are listed in this handbook.