Program Mission & Objectives

UNH is the only university in the state of New Hampshire offering an accredited four-year Mechanical Engineering degree. As a publicly supported institution we have a special responsibility to prepare our graduates for professional practice. While many of our alumni go on to attain advanced degrees, the majority seek corporate entry level engineering positions. It is the primary objective of the program to prepare our students for professional practice or graduate school. The program provides the students with knowledge in basic science, mathematics, engineering science and design, and general education. Moreover, our students should be able to compete successfully in either industry or graduate school.  The following mission statement and objectives were approved by the mechanical engineering faculty.

Mission Statement

In support of the University and College missions, the Mechanical Engineering Department is dedicated to educating the highest quality engineering professionals and leaders. Our graduates will be prepared to creatively solve engineering problems through the use of analysis, computation, and experimentation. The students completing our program should be well-informed citizens who have the ability to grow intellectually and are able to solve new, challenging problems with self-confidence. We maintain a general and flexible curriculum that prepares students for both industrial practice and graduate education.

Program Objectives

The objective of the Mechanical Engineering Program is to produce graduates who are ethical professionals and good citizens. As they progress in the first several years following graduation, we expect our alumni to:

1. Use their engineering education and communication skills for success in:

a)Technical careers in industry, academia, government, or other organizations;

b) Graduate school in engineering or physical sciences;

c) Nontechnical careers or education in areas such as law, medicine, business, public policy,

secondary education, service   industries, etc;

d) Careers involving management or entrepreneurship.


2. Exercise lifelong learning to:

a) Pursue professional development opportunities in their disciplines;

b) Develop new knowledge and skills;

c) Pursue new areas of expertise or careers.


3. Use their engineering background to:

a) Solve technical problems for societal benefit;

b) Develop new knowledge and products that will promote sustainable economic and

environmental developments to improve the quality of life;

c) Promote the practice of engineering.