Pitt | Swanson Engineering

 The vision of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science is to be an innovative leader in providing undergraduate and graduate education, conducting high quality research, and serving industry and government agencies in western Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth, and beyond.

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science is to:

  1. Provide high quality education in mechanical engineering for both undergraduate and graduate students
  2. Carry out high quality research and disseminate the results through both scholarly publications and the development of technology 
  3. Increase the program's national and international reputation 
  4. Enhance our community through civic responsibility and the promotion of economic development
  5. Provide technical expertise and training to industry on advanced technologies

Materials Science and Engineering Program Objectives

The objectives of the Materials Science and Engineering program are to:

  1. Prepare students to assume positions of technical leadership in industries that require their specialized knowledge of materials science and engineering
  2. Provide students with an education, grounded in the fundamentals, enabling them to succeed in graduate studies and research in materials science and engineering
  3. Encourage students to remain committed and engaged in the discipline of materials science and engineering throughout their careers
  4. Provide students with a comprehensive education in engineering science that will prepare them to succeed in management positions in industry or other professional careers (e.g., teaching, law)

Mechanical Engineering Program Objectives

Consistent with the criteria set by ABET, the overall educational objective of the undergraduate program is to educate students with excellent technical capabilities in the mechanical engineering discipline and related fields who will be responsible citizens and continue their professional advancement through life-long learning.
As practicing engineers, our graduates should be able to:

  1. Apply sound design methodology in multidisciplinary fields of mechanical engineering
  2. Competently use mathematical methods, engineering analysis, and measurement and instrumentation techniques
  3. Employ effective oral and written communication skills
  4. Understand the environmental, ethical, diversity, cultural, and contemporary aspects of their work
  5. Work collaboratively and effectively in engineering and manufacturing industries
  6. Assume positions of professional leadership in industry and government