Mechanical engineering chiefly concerns the manipulation of forces and motion to yield solutions beneficial to society. Mechanical engineers draw on physics, mathematics, computer science and chemistry as they design, optimize and manufacture new machines to help make everyday life easier. Motivated students seeking degrees in mechanical engineering have no shortage of top-rated universities to choose from.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"U.S. News and World Report" ranks the Massachusetts Institute of Technology mechanical engineering program at the top of the heap. MIT’s "MechE" department offers three separate Bachelor of Science programs to choose from: mechanical engineering, engineering as recommended by the department of mechanical engineering, and mechanical & ocean engineering. All three programs provide students with a strong foundation in the engineering sciences, combined with project-based laboratory requirements. The MechE programs also offers a Master of Science in mechanical engineering.

Stanford University

Tied for first place with MIT on "U.S. News and World Report’s" list of top mechanical engineering schools, Stanford University places an emphasis on responsible use of technology, communication of work ideas and the development of systematic procedures. Stanford’s mechanical engineering bachelor’s degrees prepare students for careers associated with technology, and can even ready students for graduate study in a variety of non-engineering disciplines, such as business and medicine. Students enrolled in any of Stanford’s mechanical engineering bachelor’s programs can expect to gain a strong understanding of energy science, technology, applied mechanics and biomechanical engineering.

University of California Berkeley

QS World University Rankings, published in "The Guardian," lists University of California Berkeley among the top schools in the country for mechanical engineering. UC Berkeley’s Department of Mechanical Engineering offers six degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The school’s Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering provides students with a solid base of knowledge pertaining to the engineering sciences, preparing them for related careers or graduate study. Students spend their first two years studying physics, chemistry, mathematics and computing. During students’ last two years, their studies will include thermodynamics, mechanics of solids and fluids, design and controls, and heat transfer manufacturing.

California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology’s mechanical engineering degree programs rank high on "The Guardian’s" list of top mechanical engineering schools. While pursuing Caltech’s undergraduate and graduate mechanical engineering degrees, students may work with faculty on projects relating to neural prosthetics, nanostructured fuel cells and efficient combustion processes. Caltech enjoys a close relationship with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which can be beneficial to students during research and following graduation.

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