Mechanical engineering students at UAF gain firsthand experience with real world problems through the senior design project experience. A recent senior project involved designing a solar electric and hot water heating system for a new facility being constructed at Denali National Park. Our department is noted for small class sizes, close contact between students and faculty, and a very high pass rate for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
There is ample opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to be involved with cutting edge research and engineering design through activities such as the Alaska Space Grant Program, the UAF Center for Nanosensor Technology, the UAF Automotive Research Center, and the UAF Energy Center. Several of our students participate annually in rocket launches from Poker Flat, the only university owned and operated sounding rocket range in the world. UAF mechanical engineering graduates are actively recruited by engineering firms and governmental agencies in Alaska and elsewhere.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering also offers an integrated Mechanical Engineering B.S./M.S. degree program for qualified undergraduate students to complete B.S. and M.S. degrees in a shorter time than traditional B.S. plus M.S. degrees. The combined accelerated degree for Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students is designed for students to complete both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in five years.
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