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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Message from the Chair


Thank you for your interest in the University of Denver and our Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, you will find unique aspects of our programs highlighted here to help you make an informed choice about whether studying at the University of Denver is right for you.

First, we maintain a strong integrated undergraduate curriculum with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. All engineering students take introductory courses in computer, electrical and mechanical engineering during the first two years. This coursework applies to both degrees, and you don't have to declare a major until the end of your second year. This gives you two years to decide which engineering discipline is right for you.

Second, we are a small department, which has a number of advantages. You can ask questions of the professors teaching your classes. Many of our students work on research projects with professors during the school year or over the summer. You will also gain hands-on experience through in-class projects that enable you to use our rapid prototyping machine, machine shop, and labs.

Third, we offer unique programs such as the Cherrington Global Scholar Program, which enables you to study abroad, and a five-year dual-degree program, in which you can finish a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and a master of business administration in five years. DU also accommodates all kinds of special-needs students and offers programs for advanced students.

Fourth, in our graduate curriculum, we offer a number of sought-after degrees to a diverse student body that is engaged in a variety of teaching and research programs. Our graduate degrees include a MS and PhD in mechanical engineering; MS in bioengineering; MS and PhD in engineering; MS and PhD in materials science; and MS and PhD in nanoscale science and engineering.

Finally, our faculty and staff are truly experienced, talented and dedicated. Each faculty member strives to provide the highest quality education in engineering fundamentals and in technologically relevant applications. I invite you to peruse the faculty research interests listed on our web site and determine if someone is doing research that is particularly interesting to you.

For additional information, please contact us at 303-871-2107. Or, if you are in the Denver area, please stop by and see us.


Matt Gordon

Department Chair