About Us

Mechanical Engineering at BYU

Mechanical engineering is a very broad subject that deals with essentially anything that moves, including the human body, machines that range from simple to complex systems, and devices with embedded sensors and actuators. It is the broadest of the engineering disciplines and mechanical engineers work in many different industries. Some of these include aerospace, automotive, biomedical, energy systems, product design and development, and manufacturing, although this list is only a subset of areas where mechanical engineers work. Nearly every product that is developed and that humans interact with in any manner has had a mechanical engineer involved at some stage in the design and/or production process.

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The department of Mechanical Engineering at BYU consists of 28 faculty members, 12 staff, over 1200 undergraduate students, and over 130 graduate students. It is a collaborative community where we strive for excellence in teaching, learning, and discovery. Faculty and students work together to learn the fundamental principles of mechanical engineering through classroom and laboratory settings. They also work together to conduct leading research where we aim to discover new knowledge and processes and to design new devices that will lead to improvements in the world in which we live. Mechanical engineers learn how to solve real world problems that involve forces and dynamical motion, materials and their strength, common manufacturing methods, design principles and computer design tools, fluid physics, thermodynamics and the transfer of heat, how to use instrumentation to conduct experiments, and how to use computational tools to solve complex problems.

Our goal is to help mechanical engineering students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become truly influential engineers in their chosen areas of expertise. Influential engineers impact the world in a variety of ways. To maximize their potential to be influential engineers, students must come to recognize their strengths and apply them in ways that lead to a positive impact on people, problems, and the profession. Since each student is unique, defining influence is highly personal and will typically change over time as new opportunities arise and new skills are developed. While some may affect large numbers of people in obvious, publicly recognized ways, others will quietly lead and inspire those within their sphere of influence in less recognized ways. Regardless of where students find themselves having the most impact, they will become influential engineers as they develop technical excellence, leadership, communication skills, character, and a commitment to lifelong learning and service.

Influential Engineers Develop...

Larry Howell and his students

Technical Excellence

Influential engineers are innovative experts in their field. they have earned trust from others by successfully applying engineering concepts, principles and practices to solve real world problems.


Regardless of their positions, influential engineers lead in thought and behavior.  They are more focused on the greater good than on personal achievement. They are able to make tough decisions, when necessary. They inspire and help others to reach their potential.

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Communication Skills

Influential engineers effectively communicate results and conclusions clearly and concisely. They communicate persuasively to present recommendations and prevent and solve problems. They work well with others.


Influential engineers are individuals of high integrity. Their character and competence are respected by colleagues. An influential engineer's sphere of influence is expanded as people come to recognize and trust their character.

Lifelong Learning and Service

Influential engineers want to do good in the world and use their abilities to enhance the lives of others and the profession. They consistently seek to expand their ability to help more people or help them more effectively.


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