Mission and Objectives

Mission Statement—Mechanical Department

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to provide an education that builds within students a solid foundation in mechanical engineering principles, expands the reasoning, communication and problem solving abilities of students, and prepares graduates who have the motivation and ability for lifelong growth in their professional careers; and to develop and maintain a world-class research program in selected focus areas within mechanical engineering that complements the educational mission and addresses the evolving needs of industry and society.

Mission Statement—College of Engineering

The College of Engineering serves the state, the nation, and the world by graduating talented, broadly educated engineers, conducting high quality research, developing breakthrough technologies, and disseminating and preserving technical knowledge.

Vision - College of Engineering 

To be recognized internationally for engineering education and research, and for leadership to the profession.

The following strategic characteristics and aspirations will enable the College to realize its vision:

  • Small-college atmosphere that facilitates personal commitment to the educational success of students in a comprehensive university
  • Undergraduate curricula that emphasize breadth and depth of education, which link to areas contiguous to engineering
  • Graduate education that prepares students for research and advanced problem solving needed to address complex engineering problems
  • Internationally recognized research programs in each department with strong support from professional constituencies
  • Demonstrable leadership and service in advancing engineering professionalism to meet society’s needs
  • Educational and research partnerships with health sciences, business, and other UI colleges, and with select agencies, universities, and industries
  • Highly successful alumni who contribute to the profession in the global society

Mission Statement—The University of Iowa

In pursuing its missions of teaching, research, and service, the University seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.

Educational objectives - Mechanical Engineering program

Within a few years of graduation, our graduates:

  1.  Will have successful careers in engineering and beyond and will have assumed professional roles of increasing responsibility and impact.
  2. Will have acquired new knowledge and expertise through professional development opportunities or advanced education. 
  3. Will be engaged in workplace, professional or civic communities. 

The following methods and strategies are used in the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program to achieve these program educational objectives:

  • Foster a personalized, supportive environment for all students by taking advantage of a small college atmosphere in a major research university;
  • Enrich the undergraduate experience through experiential learning and international study opportunities;
  • Provide a solid foundation and understanding of the fundamental principles of both the thermal-fluids and mechanical systems aspects of mechanical engineering;
  • Offer a flexible curriculum that includes 21 s.h. elective courses in any  standard i offerings (elective focus areas) or in an individualized elective focus area that is tailored to the student’s career goals;
  • Provide students with opportunities to participate in multi-disciplinary design teams and to develop and practice written and oral communication skills;
  • Offer courses that instruct students on how to design, conduct and interpret analysis, experiments and simulations in thermal-fluids and mechanical systems engineering;
  • Provide students with opportunities to design mechanical engineering systems, components, and processes to meet specific needs and constraints in select courses throughout the educational program;
  • Provide a contemporary grounding in professional responsibility, ethics, global and societal impact of engineering decisions, and the need for lifelong learning.