Department of Mechanical Engineering

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineeringin the Lyles College of Engineering at California State University, Fresno.

  • Bulldog Racing activities provide hands-on experiential learning while pitting CSU Fresno students against their counterparts from across the nation in two competitions: Formula SAE and SAE MiniBaja. 
  • Students and faculty, alike, have access to cutting-edge engineering facilities such as this scale model wind tunnel.
  • Measurements are taken in state-of-the-art laboratories using both digital and analog instrumentation.
  • Teamwork facilitates micro hardness measurements in determining the effect of heat treatments on the resulting mechanical properties and performance of advanced materials.
  • ASME Human Powered Vehicle Competition challenges students to use modern engineering tools, advanced materials and teamwork to solve a design problem with realistic constraints and requirements.
  • Special Independent Study Hovercraft Project allowed students, faculty and staff to examine the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of this non conventional mode of transportation.
  • Sr Capstone Design Projects provide culminating experiences for teams of students who bring a variety of backgrounds and talents to bear on a common problem to produce a consensus solution.

With over 500 combined (undergraduate and graduate) majors in Fall

2015, the Department is the largest in the College, offering an undergraduate program culminating in a BSME degree and a graduate program culminating in a MSME degree.  

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,  The program has been continuously accredited since 1965.  

Students in the BSME program are encouraged to participate as interns in the Valley Industry Partnership (VIP) for Cooperative Education.  In addition, as part of their capstone design experience, students can choose a team project either sponsored by industry or from a variety of national competitions such as Formula SAE, SAE Mini Baja, and ASME Human Powered Vehicle, or from a service activity such as Engineers without Borders.  "Small class sizes, direct access to faculty as experienced practitioners and experiential, hands-on learning in a variety of laboratory exercises using state-of-the-art equipment/facilities are hallmarks of the program."

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program attracts three types of students:

  • Seniors in the BSME program who participate in the accelerated (150-unit blended) Masters program;
  • BSME-holders working in industry pursuing a Masters part time;
  • International students who are entering a graduate program in the US for the first time.  

The 30-unit MSME program provides students with a graduate degree grounded in advanced engineering topics with an emphasis on professional practice.  Students have the culminating option of i) comprehensive exam (0 units), ii) research project (3 units); or iii) thesis (6 units).

The Department's full-time faculty have academic credentials which cover the major areas of the mechanical engineering discipline. In addition, all the faculty are active practitioners with academic, industrial and government experience and are able to assist students develop professional skills as well as advise/mentor students in career matters.

Department Mission

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to: 

"provide a broad-based, practice-oriented Mechanical Engineering education that enables graduates to become technically proficient, professional leaders through engagement in the community and lifelong learning."