Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is the discipline that applies engineering, physics, engineering mathematics, and materials science principles to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems. It is one of the oldest and broadest of the engineering disciplines.

The mechanical engineering field requires an understanding of core areas including mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, materials science, structural analysis, and electricity. In addition to these core principles, mechanical engineers use tools such as computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and product life cycle management to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heating and cooling systems, transport systems, aircraft, watercraft, robotics, medical devices, weapons, and others. It is the branch of engineering that involves the design, production, and operation of machinery.

Mechanical engineering emerged as a field during the Industrial Revolution in Europe in the 18th century; however, its development can be traced back several thousand years around the world. In the 19th century, developments in physics led to the development of mechanical engineering science. The field has continually evolved to incorporate advancements; today mechanical engineers are pursuing developments in such areas as composites, mechatronics, and nanotechnology. It also overlaps with aerospace engineering, metallurgical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering, and other engineering disciplines to varying amounts. Mechanical engineers may also work in the field of biomedical engineering, specifically with biomechanics, transport phenomena, biomechatronics, bionanotechnology, and modeling of biological systems.

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Scholarships for Mechanical Engineering Majors

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NSF SBIR Innovative Postdoctoral Entrepreneurial Fellowship (NSF I-PERF)

American Society for Engineering Education

Up to $78,000 Varies See Details
 

NSF SBIR Innovative Postdoctoral Entrepreneurial Fellowship (NSF I-PERF)

American Society for Engineering Education

award

Up to $78,000

deadline

Varies
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SMART Scholarship

Department of Defense

Up to $38,000 December 01, 2020 See Details
 

SMART Scholarship

Department of Defense

award

Up to $38,000

deadline

December 01, 2020
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FIRST Scholarship - Boston University

FIRST

$25,000 January 01, 2021 See Details
 

FIRST Scholarship - Boston University

FIRST

award

$25,000

deadline

January 01, 2021
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FIRST Scholarship - Virginia Commonwealth University

FIRST

$16,000 January 15, 2021 See Details
 

FIRST Scholarship - Virginia Commonwealth University

FIRST

award

$16,000

deadline

January 15, 2021
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Air Force ROTC Express Scholarship

University of Iowa

$15,000 Varies See Details
 

Air Force ROTC Express Scholarship

University of Iowa

award

$15,000

deadline

Varies
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FIRST Scholarship - University of Texas Arlington

FIRST

$12,000 February 01, 2021 See Details
 

FIRST Scholarship - University of Texas Arlington

FIRST

award

$12,000

deadline

February 01, 2021
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Excellence in Engineering Award - John Brown University

John Brown University

$11,000 Varies See Details
 

Excellence in Engineering Award - John Brown University

John Brown University

award

$11,000

deadline

Varies
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Mas Family Scholarship

Mas Family Scholarships

Up to $10,000 Varies See Details
 

Mas Family Scholarship

Mas Family Scholarships

award

Up to $10,000

deadline

Varies
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Engineering Scholarship - Rice University

Rice University

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

Engineering Scholarship - Rice University

Rice University

award

$10,000

deadline

Varies
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Keynote Scholarship

National Space Club

$10,000 December 02, 2020 See Details
 

Keynote Scholarship

National Space Club

award

$10,000

deadline

December 02, 2020
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