ISU Research Experience for Teachers 2010
Group Members: Lance
, Tracy Pearson, Ella
Research, design, develop, manufacture, and test tools,
engines, machines, and other mechanical devices
It is the branch of engineering that involves the
production and usage of heat and mechanical power for
the design, production, and operation of machines and
It is one of the oldest and broadest engineering
Mechanical engineering applies the principles of physics
and materials science for analysis, design, manufacturing,
and maintenance of mechanical systems.
Nature of the Work
College of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering
Students learn to create and build machines, devices, and
systems that perform useful services.
Mechanical engineers are typically involved with such
generation, distribution, and use of energy
development and application of manufacturing systems and
automation and control of mechanical and thermal systems
design of various products for consumer and commercial
Mechanical engineering students :
study the principles of motion, energy, and force, in the
classroom and in some of Iowa State's laboratories.
have access to the Visualization Lab, the C4 and C6 virtual
reality environments, and the laser lab.
Mechanical engineering education prepares the
students for a wide range of careers, including:
Product research and development
Product manufacturing, testing, quality assurance,
marketing, operation, and management.
Minimum High School Course Requirements for
Admission to Iowa State University
3 years Including one year each of algebra,
geometry, and advanced algebra.
3 years, including 1 year each of 2 of the following:
biology, chemistry & physics
Additional entrance requirements for the Colleges of
Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences
All of the
above, plus two years of a single foreign language.
Mechanical engineers held about 239,000 jobs in 2008,
second only to civil engineers
6% job growth over the next 8
10 years, which is slower
than the average for all occupations
Emerging new areas of growth for mechanical engineers
include biotechnology, nanotechnology and materials
M.E.s are in demand because a ME degree can be used as
a springboard into virtually any other branch of
The median income of a ME is $74,900.
The following are two examples of grants awarded to
Developing microfluidic human liver model (miniature
human liver bioreactor) to study viral infection and alcohol
effects on the liver.
Explore new composite nano
manufacturing methods to
enhance mechanical integrity of biopolymers using
functionalized nanodiamond and to investigate a new
micro porous structure which will assist in bioactive
reagent delivery in surgical devices.