Mechanical Engineering, B.S.


We create the products that you use every day. Our work enhances cars, energy systems, medical devices, nuclear power and other equipment upon which our society depends. Our labs develop blast-resistant materials, innovative medical diagnostic tools and new alloy materials.

To illustrate the diversity of career opportunities for mechanical engineers, consider the following people who began their careers with degrees in the area of mechanical engineering:

  • Neil Armstrong, astronaut, aerospace engineer and first human to set foot on the moon
  • Philip Condit, former CEO of the Boeing Company
  • Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine
  • John Sununu, former White House Chief of Staff
  • Alfred Hitchcock, filmmaker
  • Lee Iacocca, former chairman and CEO of Chrysler Corporation
  • Bill Nye, the “Science Guy” television personality
  • Ferdinand Porsche, automobile designer
  • Igor Sikorsky, inventor of the single-rotor helicopter
  • Debbie Sterling, founder of GoldieBlox (and native of Lincoln, RI)
  • James Young, musician and lead guitarist of the rock band Styx


In accordance with the 2019 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, URI hereby discloses that the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as an engineer in all U.S. States and Territories. The applicable licensing board in your state may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license (e.g., passing of an exam; obtaining a certificate; performing clinical/practicum hours; etc.), and we encourage you to investigate those requirements. The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, which is required nationwide for licensure, can be attempted by any engineering undergraduate who has finished or is close to finishing an Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC)/Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited program. 

ABET Accreditation

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

The Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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Enrollment Data

B.S. Enrollment
(Fall 2023)
B.S. Graduates
(Aug. 2022, Dec. 2022, May 2023)