PRC lab student working in lab with laser

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is a broad field that traditionally comprises three primary subfields: energy, mechanisms and machinery, and manufacturing. The work done by mechanical engineers includes the design, construction, and use of systems for the conversion of energy available from natural sources (water, fossil fuels, nuclear fuels, solar radiation) to other forms of useful energy (for transportation, heat, light, power); design and production of machines to lighten the burden of servile human work and to do work otherwise beyond human capability; processing of materials into useful products; and creative planning, development, and operation of systems using energy, machines, and resources.

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineers are responsible for the design and operation of modern aerospace vehicles including the aerodynamics of these vehicles, their structure and material composition, the flight mechanics and controls systems that allow them to fly, and their propulsion systems. Aerospace Engineers design, develop, manufacture and test extraordinary machines such as low- and high-speed aircraft, spacecraft and missiles. Aerospace Engineers are also employed in the design and analysis of racecars, competitive sailboats, and sports equipment. There is an increasing demand for Aerospace Engineers to have a multi-disciplinary perspective to aid in the development of complex aviation, defense and space exploration systems.