Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Be Yourself. Be M.E.

The flexibility of a mechanical engineering degree may surprise you. The dozens of courses in this long-standing branch of engineering have grown and expanded to combine both the fundamentals of motion, stress, heat, and fluids with the most cutting-edge explorations into how to apply these systems in manufacturing, health care, transportation, and sustainable energy careers.

When you choose mechanical engineering for your bachelor’s degree, you will gain a solid foundation in the principles of mechanical engineering systems. You’ll start with “Introduction to Mechanical Engineering” and UW–Madison core courses like chemistry, calculus, and statics to ensure you are prepared and ready for ME-specific subjects. From there, let your own interests guide you toward hands-on, lab-based learning about biomechanics; robotics; manufacturing with polymers, metals, and other materials; design, fabrication, and prototyping; combustible engine systems; solar energy; computer modeling and simulations; and so much more.

In your final year, you’ll team up for the two-semester “Design Projects” classes (also known as Senior Design), working with a real-world industry partner on a technical design challenge. Examples: solar power for gardens, fish pond, and chicken coop at a juvenile correctional facility, an adjustable fan-air measurement system for testing tool rotation at Milwaukee Tool, and an adaptive power-assisted recumbent tricycle for a quadriplegic client.

Program Details

To learn more about the College of Engineering Admissions process please click here.

To apply to the University please click here.

Our department’s program in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Learn more on our Accreditation page.

You can find information about our enrollment and degrees granted on our “About” page.

You can find information specifically about the Mechanical Engineering Graduation events here.


A large number of scholarships (100+) are awarded by the Dept of ME each year. Any Mechanical Engineering student is eligible to apply. Scholarships in variable amounts are available to Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students. Many awards are based on academic merit and not on financial need. Visit Scholarships@UW-Madison to find and apply for scholarships.



Certificate in Engineering Thermal Energy Systems

Certificate in Manufacturing Engineering


Career services

You’re welcome to meet with Engineering Career Services staff for job search assistance. Join Engineering Career Services for access to job postings, resume referrals, and interviews.


Coops and Internships

For Coop and Internship information please visit Engineering Career Services.


Graduate School

For information on Master’s and PhD Degrees in Mechanical Engineering please click here.


Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Research positions:

From time to time, opportunities to work (hourly rate and/or independent-study credit) in a research lab are posted on the Engineering Undergraduate Research Opportunities page.

Research Fellowships:

ME Undergraduate Students can apply for a Faustin-Prinz Fellowship to fund their participation in cutting-edge research with ME Faculty.

Undergraduate Students may also be eligible for the campus-wide Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship competition.

Also see the UW-Madison Scholarships and Fellowships page for more opportunities.


Professional Societies 

Students are encouraged to join an engineering professional society. Student run chapters of professional societies for mechanical engineers include:

  • American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Society of Quality Control (ASQC)
  • Engineers for Environment and Technology (EET)
  • Pi Tau Sigma – ME Honor Society for Juniors & Seniors
  • Polygon Engineering Council
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Students Uniting Business and Engineering (SUBE)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • National Society of Black Engineers-Wisconsin Black Engineering Student Society (NSBE-WBESS)

To view all student organizations, including those listed above please visit the Wisconsin Involvement Network (WIN) page.

For additional information, visit the Student Leadership Center.


Project and Independent Study Courses

To enroll in ME 291, ME 299, ME 491, ME 492, or ME 699, you must:

  • Have a 2.5 GPA or a 3.00 for the two preceding semesters
  • Find a consenting adviser (visit the Mechanical Engineering Student Services, 3182 Mechanical Engineering Building, for helpful suggestions).
  • Draw up a tentative title and outline for the study.
  • Decide on the number of credits (1-3 crs.).
  • File an adviser signed Independent Study Request form with the Student Services Office, 3182 Mechanical Engineering Building, that will allow you to Web register. (This should be done before the end of the second week of classes.)


Honors in Research  

The ME Department’s Undergraduate Honors in Research Program allows students to participate in the creation of new knowledge and experience the excitement of the research process. Students in the program write and submit a senior thesis. Admission requirements include:

  • At least two semesters completed on the Madison campus with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5;
  • Majoring in Mechanical Engineering;
  • Approval of an appropriate professor who will serve as the thesis advisor.

The “Honors in Research” designation will be awarded to graduates who meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfaction of the requirements for an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering;
  • A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.3;
  • Completion of a total of at least 6 credits of ME 489.
  • Receive a final grade of at least “B” in ME 489.
  • Completion of senior thesis.

Students must certify completion of the program with their ME 489 advisor the term they intend to graduate. To certify program completion students must complete this form and submit to student services.

The Mechanical Engineering Summer Launch program helps incoming first-year Mechanical Engineering students get a head start on their degree by taking a high-demand course in the month before your freshman year.

Benefits include:

  • Starting the Mechanical Engineering course progression with confidence
  • Added flexibility in your fall schedule
  • Getting to know College of Engineering facilities and resources
  • Meeting students in your program
  • Exploring the UW–Madison campus
  • Becoming familiar with Mechanical Engineering and the career paths associated with this major


All Engineering students receive academic advising through departmental advisors.

For advising assistance, contact your advisor in the Student Services Center, 1410 Engineering Drive, Suite 170

To schedule an advising appointment, please visit:

You have been assigned a faculty advisor (see below), whom you are encouraged to see at any time during faculty office hours. However, any ME faculty member can advise you. The Department holds an Advising Day every fall to provide students with an opportunity to meet with a faculty advisor. You can also visit the Student Services Center, 1410 Engineering Drive, Suite 170, where academic advisors can assist you. Print a current Degree Audit Reporting System report and bring it with you for advising purposes. You are encouraged to see your advisors about course selection, pre-requisite questions, technical and non-technical electives and career mentoring.


Student Advisors Location Phone Email
A-Ba THELEN, Darryl 3039 ME 262-1902
Bb-Bo PFOTENHAUER, John 1329 ERB 263-4082
Bp-C SURESH, Krishnan 2059 ME 262-3594
D-E SANDERS, Scott T. 113 ERB 262-3540
F-Gi NELLIS, Gregory F. 1339 ERB 265-6626
Gj-Ha ERITEN, Melih 3043 ME 262-2690
Hb-Hz GHANDHI, Jaal B. 125 ERB 263-1684
I-Kk CHEADLE, Michael J. 3035 ME 263-1590
Kl-Lh OSSWALD, Tim 1059 ME 263-9538
Li-Ma BERSON, Arganthael 2246 ME 890-4646
Mb-Mz ROTHAMER, David 127 ERB 890-2271
N-O TRUJILLO, Mario 2043 ME 262-0944
P-Rt JACKSON, Randy 1238 ME 265-6626
Ru-Sc DECICCO, Michael 1043 ME 890-1975
Sci-St QIAN, Xiaoping 2051 ME 890-1925
Su-Vh BOWER, Glenn B. M1060A ECB 263-7252
Vi-Wh PFEFFERKORN, Frank 1031 ME 263-2668
Wi-Z DRESSLER, Kristofer 1254 ME 262-2579


ME = Mechanical Engineering Building, 1513 University Avenue
ECB = 1550 Engineering Drive
ERB = Engineering Research Building, 1500 Engineering Drive
EH = Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive

General advising concerning curriculum, registration and courses for all students will be done by the Mechanical Engineering Faculty. Students are urged to contact any of the faculty listed if they are unable to see their assigned advisor in a reasonable length of time.




The College of Engineering offers academic support services for mechanical engineering, physics, engineering mechanics, and other courses. Resources are available at the Undergraduate Learning Center for improving study skills and tutoring.

Pi Tau Sigma  Honorary Student Society offers free tutoring in physics, chemistry, calculus and all mechanical engineering required courses. Tutoring is located on the 4th floor of the Kurt F. Wendt Library on a first-come, first-served basis. One-on-one sessions can be arranged between tutors and students as necessary. One-on-one sessions can also be arranged by filling out a Tutoring Request form which can be obtained outside of the Student Services Office, 2107 Mechanical Engineering Building, and dropped off in the Pi Tau Sigma mailbox located in the ME lobby. Typical tutoring hours are from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Sunday – Thursday and 9:00 – 10:00 pm, by appointment only. For further information on Pi Tau Sigma, tutoring or other Pi Tau Sigma activities, please visit their website at


Career services

You’re welcome to meet with Engineering Career Services staff for job search assistance. Join Engineering Career Services for access to job postings, resume referrals, and interviews.



Apply for graduation in the My UW Student Center in the My Academics tab.


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Frequently Asked Questions 


Undergraduate Students Rules and Regulations
  • Admissions
    • Initial Classification
    • Degree-Granting Classification
    • Admission to Degree-Granting Classification
    • Transfer of Degree-Applicable Credits
    • Transfer of Grades
  • Registration
    • Definitions
    • Credit Load Constraints
    • Student Responsibility for Scheduling
    • Adding Courses
    • Dropping Courses
    • Course Substitutions
    • Pass-Fail and Credit-No Credit Courses
    • Audited Courses
    • Courses Schedule for Less than 15 weeks
  • Performance and Evaluation
    • Attendance
    • Grading Systems
    • Special-Purpose Grades
    • Course Grade Changes
    • GPA and Point-Credit Ration (PCR)
    • Dean’s Honor List
    • Repeating Courses
    • Incomplete
    • Resolution of an Incomplete
    • Final Exam Rescheduling
    • Withdrawal
    • Year Classification
    • Good Standing
    • Probation
    • Removal from Probation
    • Drop
    • Readmission
    • Session Actions
    • Graduation
    • Graduation with Distinction and Highest Distinction
  • Appeal


 Academic Integrity 
The Department of Mechanical Engineering takes Academic Integrity very seriously. According to state law, any instances of academic misconduct are reported to the UW Dean of Students. Once reported, the incident is retained in a permanent disciplinary file. This file may be released if you apply to graduate school, to medical school, to law school, for government clearance, for a visa, etc. As a result, even a minor infraction, such as plagiarism, copying a problem solution, or aid from an exam neighbor could have serious and permanent consequences.
For the full policy please visit this link.


Web Registration

The registration period typically starts in November for the Spring semester and in April for the Summer and Fall semesters. For more information on how to enroll in courses please visit the Registrar’s Office here.



Adding & Dropping Courses

You can add courses via the web (“My UW Madison” page) up to the end of the second week of the semester, and you can drop a course using the web up to the end of the ninth week. After these deadlines, you will need to get the proper authorization(s) using a course change form. Department approval may be obtained in the Student Services Office, 2107 Mechanical Engineering Building.


DARS Report

Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) reports can be ordered through the “My UW Madison” page and are sent to your e-mail account. A new DARS report should be printed every semester before registration begins. Use the DARS report and curriculum flowchart as a basis for selecting classes for the coming semester.



Transferring Courses and Credits 

For questions concerning the transfer of courses into the University of Wisconsin-Madison, please visit the Academic Advising page, visit ME Student Services, 2107 Mechanical Engineering Building, or call 262-0665,


Student Responsibility for Scheduling 

Each student is responsible for arranging a course list that will permit satisfactory progress towards degree requirements and a class schedule that:

  • avoids class and final exam scheduling conflicts and
  • avoids an excessively demanding final exam schedule and
  • verifies registration in chosen classes.