Mechanical Engineering

Ranked No. 21 among the nation's undergraduate engineering programs by U.S. News and World Report (2023), LMU's mechanical engineering program is based in physical science and mathematics. With hands-on experience in eight cutting-edge labs and facilities, LMU students work to address the need to design devices that advance humanity. Small class sizes and faculty mentorship mean our students understand the lifecycle of a machine's creation, starting with research and design through testing, and they can be found working on everything from prototyping and manufacturing to space shuttles.

Mechanical Engineering students participate in national design competitions like the ASME Student Design Competition and SAE AeroDesign Competition, among others. Collaborative undergraduate research opportunities, guided by faculty who are experts in their fields, produce young professionals with a range and depth of skills from design and marketability to environmental impact and safety.

Graduates go on to top graduate schools around the nation and find work in companies like Boeing, SpaceX, Tesla, and NASA. Many students also benefit from the university's Southern California location and close proximity to the nation's top aerospace companies.

Andrea Montes De Oca
“LMU helped me see what I wanted to do and to achieve those dreams.” Read how this alumna achieved her goal of academic excellence while gaining valuable internship and research experience.
Mahsa Ebrahim
A strong advocate of the hands-on experience, Dr. Mahsa Ebrahim is moving the needle on undergraduate research aimed at training creative, reliable and design-focused engineers.
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Explore mechanical engineering-focused research opportunities, along with the faculty, facilities, and labs that fuel them.
A student testing an artificial limb
Amanuel Matias, '21, thrives on solving problems that have a direct impact on people’s lives. See how that passion transformed into a project designing collapsible prosthetics during his time at LMU.
A 3D printer in a student lab
Two engineering students used their 3D printing skills to create hundreds of protective personal equipment (PPE) for local healthcare workers and the LMU community at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brendan Smith
A proponent of interdisciplinary education, Dr. Brendan Smith is leading the way in research on rehabilitation for stroke and traumatic brain injury survivors.
Madison Piechowski
Hear how one alumna’s LMU experience helped her land a job with The Aerospace Corporation where she and her team are tackling the challenge of small satellite propulsion.
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4+1 Degree Program in Systems or Mechanical Engineering

Earn a combined B.S. and M.S.E. degree in just five years with LMU's accelerated degree program in mechanical engineering. Students admitted into this program immediately enroll in a 1-year master's program on a full-time basis after senior year.

Explore the Mechanical Engineering 4+1 Program

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