Mechanical Engineering

Welcome to Mechanical Engineering! Launched in fall 2014, our Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree curriculum is designed, in line with its program educational objectives, to provide students not only solid fundamentals of mathematics and science, strong design and analysis skills of mechanical engineering, but also develop graduates who are conscientious citizens and aware of their ethical responsibilities in a global society.

The BSME curriculum emphasizes hands-on experience, collaborative problem solving, and societal implications in the design, production, and implementation of mechanical and thermal fluid systems. Our research includes biomedical engineering, robotic surgery, commercialization of medical devices, advanced materials characterization, marine systems, power/energy, and engineering policy. We actively engage with local industries and these industry professionals are valued members of the affiliate faculty.

This major is a program of the Engineering & Mathematics division.

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Message from the program coordinator

Mechanical Engineering is a vibrant discipline in the exploration of new technology and knowledge. The Mechanical Engineering program at UW Bothell, one of three engineering programs of the division of Engineering & Math in the School of STEM, is recognized for the diversity, innovation and strength of its undergraduate program, and a dedicated profession to serving our community. Known for UW Bothell’s energetic and forward-looking atmosphere, we have recruited outstanding faculty and staff who conduct a broad scope of research and help students grow their skills and knowledge as well as cultivate critical thinking. As such, we seek to graduate students who are distinguished by their skills in design, analysis, problem-solving, communication, and leadership. Our students are also well aware of their ethical responsibilities to society. (Mission & vision statement and Curriculum Description).

UW Bothell ME has just started an awesome legacy! Our faculty are committed to interdisciplinary work and collaboration and they are passionate about cutting-edge research. We have strong research activities in biomedical devices, underwater acoustics, granular composites, ultrasound, robotic surgery, advanced materials characterization, power/energy, and engineering policy. Our dedicated faculty keep studying and updating our curriculum to improve our students’ learning experience. The innovative curriculum enables the program to provide high-quality, hands-on training to prospective engineers and future leaders for industry and society. For example, to further make our graduates more competitive in obtaining jobs post-graduation, a small-size and hands-on machining course for our senior students began being offered after input from our ME Advisory Board, particularly from the three Boeing Company board member engineers. Moreover, the curriculum includes extensive 3 quarter-long Capstone design courses which give the students major design experience. Our project-based pedagogy also embraces our local community. Local sponsors (typically also collaborators) of our research/capstone projects range from small farms (e.g., SAgE, 21 Acres, Farmer Frog) and UW labs (APL) to start-up and international companies (e.g., Stormsensor, OceanGate, Ventec, Spiration, and many). Finally, there are several very active engineering clubs that you can join (e.g., robotics, ASHRAE, ASME, Marine technology, and Manufacturing: Student Organizations) within the ME program.

It is an exciting time in Washington and the region as high-tech industries are thriving and there are more exciting things happening at UW Bothell mechanical engineering. We invite you to be a part of it– you can apply here or support our program! Through this and other connected web sites, you can learn more about us. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I hope you will consider joining us to launch or further your studies in Mechanical Engineering.

Sincerely,

Jong Yoon, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator


Mission & vision

Mission

To provide the educational environment necessary to develop mechanical engineering graduates who are distinguished by their skills in design, analysis, hands-on engineering, problem solving, communication, and leadership; and who are keenly aware of their ethical responsibilities in a global society.

Vision

To graduate students who are exceptionally prepared to practice mechanical engineering mindful of their responsibility to society.

Professor leading a demonstration on machine in the machine shop

Accreditation & licensure

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington, Bothell began in autumn 2014 and received full ABET accreditation in September 2019. All graduates of the program are retroactively included under the umbrella of the ABET accreditation.

Learn more about ABET accreditation. Students who have questions about licensure requirements and the effect ABET accreditation has in the State of Washington should access the related Department of Licensing site for more information.

The Mechanical Engineering degree curriculum is designed, in line with its program educational objectives, to provide students not only solid fundamentals of mathematics and science, strong design and analysis skills of mechanical engineering, but also develop graduates who are conscientious citizens and aware of their ethical responsibilities in a global society.

Objectives & outcomes

Program educational objectives

Within three to five years after graduation our graduates will:

  1. attain successful employment in mechanical engineering and related fields
  2. exhibit practical ingenuity and creativity as members of engineering teams and communities.
  3. be contributing citizens who are conscientious of ethical and societal responsibilities.
  4. Independently extend their learning to excel in fields about which they are passionate.

Student outcomes

The Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has established voluntary educational standards for postsecondary programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.

The BSME curriculum is designed to meet requirements set forth by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Each student completing the BSME degree will demonstrate mastery of the following competencies as established by ABET:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Enrollment & graduation data

Below is annual enrollment and graduation data for each academic year the program has existed. The number of graduates is for students graduating in that academic year, and is not an indication of how many enrolled students that year went on to graduate.

Academic YearAnnual EnrollmentNumber of Graduates in Academic Year (autumn through summer)
2014 – 2015310
2015 – 20165928
2016 – 20177425
2017 – 20189942
2018 – 201910145
2019 – 202013152
2020 – 202114567
2021 – 202212956
2022-2023 11045

Advisory board

Members

  • Aelx Anderson — Zerobrush
  • Andy Chapman — Ventec Life Systems
  • Marcio DaCruz — Consultant
  • Sam Gheesling — Boeing
  • Chris Gil — Pure Watercraft, Inc.
  • Bob Gliege — Ventec Life Systems
  • Steven Lemery — Boeing Commercial Aircraft
  • Luis Leon — Boeing
  • Norman Montes De Oca — YellowJET Aviation Service
  • Rachel Muhlbauer — Amazon
  • John Rector — Quaint Corp
  • David Reddy — 360 Analytics, Building Energy Analysis Consultants
  • Juan Sadder — Product Design Consultant
  • Steve Sizelove — Panasonic Avionics
  • Deepti Surabattula — Boeing
  • David Szakelyhidi — Novo Nordisk, Inc.
  • Scott Thielman — Product Creation Studios
  • Alyssa Voightmann — Boeing
  • Simranjit K. Deol — UWB ME Student Rep
  • Joel Elliot — UWB ME Student Rep
  • Justin Kneip — UWB ME Alumni Rep., Amazon
  • Steven James N. Marron — UWB ME Alumni Rep., General Dynamics
  • Cameron Whalen — UWB ME Alumni Rep., TerraPower LLC

Friend of ME Advisory Board

  • Rick Shea

Program contacts

Dr. Jong Yoon, PhD

Associate Professor and ME Program Coordinator

Jacob Roth

Lab Coordinator

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Advising for prospective and current ME students

  • Current ME Students
    • Contact STEM Advising at DISC-352, stemadv@uw.edu, or (425) 352-3746
  • Pre-Major Students at UW Bothell
    • Contact Pre-Major Advising at UW1-160, uwbadvis@uw.edu, or (425) 352-3427
  • Transfer Applicants
    • Contact Admissions Advising at Summit Hall front desk, uwbinfo@uw.edu, or (425) 352-5000