Today's mechanical engineering research includes an incredibly diverse list of projects. Currently, the University of Idaho is home to the championship clean snowmobile team, self-guided submarines, and an array of ever-changing projects. Leading research is conducted by undergraduates, graduates and faculty and who work in interdisciplinary groups across the college and University.
Engineering Design Expo: Each year culminates with the Engineering Design EXPO. Students present their final designs to faculty, alumni, peers, and industry sponsors. EXPO is a signature event for the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho, and exhibits the innovative teamwork of engineering students who have applied theoretically and academically acquired knowledge to an engineering problem.
Clean Snowmobile Team: Each year students vie to be members of an elite team of engineering students that re-engineer an existing snowmobile to reduce emissions and noise, and then take the snowmobile to the Clean Snowmobile Challenge. Since organizing in 2000, the University of Idaho's Clean Snowmobile team has garnered three first place prizes, in 2002, 2003 and 2007. Over the past nine years, the team has run out of space in the display cases for their awards.
Formula Hybrid™ Car: One of the department's newest projects that students can get involved with is the Formula Hybrid™. Students must design, build and compete an open-wheel, single-seat, plug-in hybrid racecar.
Other opportunities at UI include:
Graduate and Professional Student Association: Gain leadership experience and represent your department in UI student government.
Annual Student Research Expo: Compete for cash prizes awarded for graduate research presentations.
College of Graduate Studies Awards: Share in the annual recognition of graduate students engaged in outstanding teaching, research, leadership, and mentoring.
Engineers Without Borders: Join the student branch, and use your technical training to serve communities around the world.
Tau Beta Pi: Receive career assistance and leadership opportunities through this national honor society of engineers.
Society of Women Engineers: Network and develop professionally.
National Society of Black Engineers: This is the largest student-run organization in the nation.
Students in the mechanical engineering graduate program have the unique opportunity to collaborate with peers and nationally recognized faculty on innovative research. Regardless of your specialization, you will gain research experience in all areas of the program and conduct laboratory experiments with personal mentorship from faculty with expertise in a variety of disciplines.
- Thesis or Dissertation – Substantial original research is required of both M.S. and Ph.D. students, under supervision of the major professor. Significant and high-quality original research is the principal objective of the graduate degree in mechanical engineering. It is expected that this research be published in peer-reviewed literature as one or more manuscripts. In addition, M.S. students complete a written thesis, and Ph.D. students a written dissertation that must be approved by the students’ committees. The thesis or dissertation is presented at a public seminar.
- Fellowships and Assistantships – Students in the mechanical engineering graduate program are encouraged to apply for a research assistantship and other funding opportunities for student research.
Breakthroughs & Discoveries
University of Idaho mechanical engineers have gone on to do some amazing things. The combine leveler, stealth bomber, first hybrid SUV, and an automated missile silo are just a few examples of the things Idaho engineers have done.
INSTITUTES AND CENTERS
Online & Outreach
The University of Idaho’s Engineering Outreach program, founded in 1975, uses video production, satellite broadcasts, compressed video conferencing, and the Internet to deliver graduate programs, certificates of completion, and courses for professional development to more than 400 students worldwide each semester.