Mechanical Engineering

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Institutionally known as "Course 2," the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) is the second oldest and second largest academic program at MIT.

The editors of U.S. News & World Report, among others, consistently rank it the top graduate and undergraduate mechanical engineering program among North American colleges and universities. Its students are drawn from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. Its alumni are leaders in business and industry, education and government; they range from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, to astronauts on the Space Shuttle, to award-winning scholars, inventors, entrepreneurs and innovators.

In 2005, Mechanical Engineering merged with the Department of Ocean Engineering (Course 13) to create a new department made up of approximately 75 faculty, 367 undergraduate students, 227 doctoral students, and 281 masters program students. Following the merger, the newly formed department retained its original name, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, which includes the Center for Ocean Engineering. As ME enters a new phase of its existence, it recognizes that its future lies in seven key "thrust areas" that will define its research and scholarly agenda. These areas have their foundations rooted in the Institute's 100-plus year history of research defined by the Scientific Method, their vibrant growth by the cross-pollination of interdisciplinary studies, and a potential yield of inventions and innovations only limited by the imagination and ingenuity of its faculty, researchers and students. They are:

More than two-dozen research laboratories and centers provide ME faculty, research scientists, post-doctoral associates and undergraduate and graduate students the opportunities to meet the challenges of the future by developing ground-breaking innovations today.

Department of Mechanical Engineering links

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Online Resources:

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Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 2.000How and Why Machines WorkSpring 2002
 2.001Mechanics & Materials IFall 2006
 2.002Mechanics and Materials IISpring 2004
 2.003Modeling Dynamics and Control ISpring 2005
2.003JDynamics and Control IFall 2007
 2.003JDynamics and Control ISpring 2007
 2.003JDynamics and Vibration (13.013J)Fall 2002
 2.004Modeling Dynamics and Control IISpring 2003
2.004Systems, Modeling, and Control IIFall 2007
 2.007Design and Manufacturing ISpring 2005
 2.008Design and Manufacturing IISpring 2003
 2.008Design and Manufacturing IISpring 2004
2.00BToy Product DesignSpring 2008
 2.011Introduction to Ocean Science and EngineeringSpring 2006
 2.016Hydrodynamics (13.012)Fall 2005
 2.017JDesign of Systems Operating in Random EnvironmentsSpring 2006
 2.019Design of Ocean SystemsFall 2005
 2.030JIntroduction to Modeling and SimulationSpring 2006
 2.050JNonlinear Dynamics I: ChaosFall 2006
 2.110JInformation and EntropySpring 2003
 2.12Introduction to RoboticsFall 2005
 2.14Analysis and Design of Feedback Control SystemsSpring 2007
 2.140Analysis and Design of Feedback Control SystemsSpring 2007
 2.51Intermediate Heat and Mass TransferFall 2001
 2.611Marine Power and PropulsionFall 2006
 2.612Marine Power and PropulsionFall 2006
 2.66JFundamentals of Energy in BuildingsFall 2003
 2.670Mechanical Engineering ToolsJanuary (IAP) 2004
 2.672Projects LaboratorySpring 2004
 2.673JBiological Engineering II: Instrumentation and MeasurementFall 2006
 2.71OpticsFall 2004
 2.710OpticsFall 2004
 2.72Elements of Mechanical DesignSpring 2006
 2.737MechatronicsSpring 1999
 2.772JStatistical Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems (BE.011J)Spring 2004
 2.772JThermodynamics of Biomolecular SystemsFall 2005
 2.790JIntroduction to Bioengineering (BE.010J)Spring 2006
 2.791JQuantitative Physiology: Cells and TissuesFall 2004
 2.792JQuantitative Physiology: Organ Transport SystemsSpring 2004
 2.793JFields, Forces and Flows in Biological SystemsSpring 2007
 2.794JQuantitative Physiology: Cells and TissuesFall 2004
 2.797JMolecular, Cellular, and Tissue BiomechanicsFall 2006
 2.96Management in EngineeringFall 2004
 2.9712nd Summer Introduction to DesignJanuary (IAP) 2003
 2.993Designing Paths to PeaceFall 2002
 2.993Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: The Art and Science of Boat DesignJanuary (IAP) 2007
 2.993JIntroduction to Numerical Analysis for Engineering (13.002J)Spring 2005
 2.996Designing Paths to PeaceFall 2002
 2.THAUndergraduate Thesis for Course 2-AJanuary (IAP) 2007
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Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 2.032DynamicsFall 2004
 2.034JNonlinear Dynamics and WavesSpring 2007
 2.035Special Topics in Mathematics with Applications: Linear Algebra and the Calculus of VariationsSpring 2007
 2.036JNonlinear Dynamics and ChaosFall 2004
 2.062JWave PropagationFall 2006
 2.067Advanced Structural Dynamics and Acoustics (13.811)Spring 2004
 2.068Computational Ocean Acoustics (13.853)Spring 2003
 2.080JStructural Mechanics (13.10J)Fall 2002
 2.081JPlates and ShellsSpring 2006
 2.082Ship Structural Analysis & Design (13.122)Spring 2003
 2.084JStructural Mechanics in Nuclear Power TechnologyFall 2006
 2.093Computer Methods in DynamicsFall 2002
 2.094Finite Element Analysis of Solids and FluidsSpring 2002
 2.096JIntroduction to Numerical Simulation (SMA 5211)Fall 2003
 2.097JNumerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations (SMA 5212)Spring 2003
 2.098Optimization Methods (SMA 5213)Fall 2004
 2.111JQuantum ComputationFall 2003
 2.14Analysis and Design of Feedback Control SystemsSpring 2007
 2.140Analysis and Design of Feedback Control SystemsSpring 2007
 2.141Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic SystemsFall 2006
 2.154Maneuvering and Control of Surface and Underwater Vehicles (13.49)Fall 2004
 2.156JDynamics of Nonlinear SystemsFall 2003
 2.158JComputational GeometrySpring 2003
 2.159JFoundations of Software EngineeringFall 2000
 2.160Identification, Estimation, and LearningSpring 2006
 2.171Analysis and Design of Digital Control SystemsFall 2006
 2.20Marine Hydrodynamics (13.021)Spring 2005
 2.22Design Principles for Ocean Vehicles (13.42)Spring 2005
 2.23Hydrofoils and PropellersSpring 2007
 2.24Ocean Wave Interaction with Ships and Offshore Energy Systems (13.022)Spring 2002
 2.25Advanced Fluid MechanicsFall 2005
 2.26Compressible Fluid DynamicsSpring 2004
 2.27Turbulent Flow and TransportSpring 2002
 2.29Numerical Fluid MechanicsSpring 2007
 2.29Numerical Marine Hydrodynamics (13.024)Spring 2003
2.372JDesign and Fabrication of Microelectromechanical DevicesSpring 2007
 2.391JSubmicrometer and Nanometer TechnologySpring 2006
 2.57Nano-to-Macro Transport ProcessesFall 2004
 2.58JRadiative TransferSpring 2006
 2.59JThermal Hydraulics in Power TechnologySpring 2007
 2.60Fundamentals of Advanced Energy ConversionSpring 2004
 2.61Internal Combustion EnginesSpring 2004
 2.611Marine Power and PropulsionFall 2006
 2.612Marine Power and PropulsionFall 2006
 2.62JFundamentals of Advanced Energy ConversionSpring 2004
 2.64JSuperconducting MagnetsSpring 2003
 2.65JSustainable EnergyJanuary (IAP) 2007
 2.65JSustainable EnergySpring 2005
 2.693Principles of Oceanographic Instrument Systems -- Sensors and Measurements (13.998)Spring 2004
 2.701Introduction to Naval Architecture (13.400)Fall 2004
 2.71OpticsFall 2004
 2.710OpticsFall 2004
 2.717JOptical EngineeringSpring 2002
 2.739JProduct Design and DevelopmentSpring 2006
 2.75Precision Machine DesignFall 2001
 2.76Multi-Scale System DesignFall 2004
 2.760Multi-Scale System DesignFall 2004
 2.761JNoninvasive Imaging in Biology and MedicineFall 2005
 2.771JBiomedical Information Technology (BE.453J)Spring 2005
2.782JDesign of Medical Devices and ImplantsSpring 2006
 2.785JCell-Matrix MechanicsSpring 2004
 2.795JFields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems (BE.430J)Fall 2004
 2.798JMolecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics (BE.410J)Spring 2003
 2.79JBiomaterials-Tissue Interactions (BE.441)Fall 2003
 2.800TribologyFall 2004
 2.830JControl of Manufacturing Processes (SMA 6303)Spring 2004
 2.851JSystem Optimization and Analysis for ManufacturingSummer 2003
 2.852Manufacturing Systems AnalysisSpring 2004
 2.854Manufacturing Systems I (SMA 6304)Fall 2004
 2.875Mechanical Assembly and Its Role in Product DevelopmentFall 2004
 2.882System Design and Analysis based on AD and Complexity TheoriesSpring 2005
 2.890JProseminar in ManufacturingFall 2005
 2.963Engineering Risk-Benefit AnalysisSpring 2007
 2.964Economics of Marine Transportation IndustriesFall 2006
 2.994MADM with Applications in Material Selection and Optimal DesignJanuary (IAP) 2007
2.996Biomedical Devices Design LaboratoryFall 2007
 2.996Sailing Yacht Design (13.734)Fall 2003
 2.997Decision Making in Large Scale SystemsSpring 2004
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