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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ASEE/NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship

American Society for Engineering Education

Up to $75,000 Varies See Details

ASEE/NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship

American Society for Engineering Education

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Up to $75,000

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Hennessy Fellows Program

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Up to $30,000 December 31, 2019 See Details

Hennessy Fellows Program

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

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Up to $30,000

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December 31, 2019
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Yeager Science Scholarship

San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation

$23,000 February 02, 2020 See Details

Yeager Science Scholarship

San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation

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$23,000

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February 02, 2020
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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

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$15,000

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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

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$11,000

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Mas Family Scholarship

Mas Family Scholarships

Up to $10,000 Varies See Details

Mas Family Scholarship

Mas Family Scholarships

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Up to $10,000

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Engineering Scholarship - Rice University

Rice University

$10,000 Varies See Details

Engineering Scholarship - Rice University

Rice University

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$10,000

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Edison Scholars Program

Edison International

$10,000 December 16, 2020 See Details

Edison Scholars Program

Edison International

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$10,000

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December 16, 2020
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ExxonMobil Scholars Program

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

$7,500 Varies See Details

ExxonMobil Scholars Program

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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$7,500

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Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence In Education Foundation

Up to $7,500 January 31, 2020 See Details

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence In Education Foundation

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Up to $7,500

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January 31, 2020
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