Focus Areas-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Focus Areas

This list serves as a guideline for areas of focus so that students can further pursue their specific interests within the broad discipline of Mechanical Engineering if they wish to. Specializations/areas of focus are not listed on diplomas. The list does not change the flexibility in the ME graduate program – a degree specialization/focus is not required.  However, if students wish to focus in a certain area, they can do so. To focus in a given area, it is recommended that students take 3 to 5 courses in the area. The motivation is two-fold:  i) it provides a concrete list of courses to take if they want to specialize in a given area, and ii) it may help students become effective more quickly in the workplace with a graduate degree. Students are encouraged to take courses in the various focus areas in other departments as well.

600 level courses:  also offered to undergraduate students


Focus Areas and Recommended Courses

Fundamental Area - Design & Manufacturing

Fundamental Area - Dynamics & Controls

Fundamental Area - Solid Mechanics, Vibrations and Materials

Fundamental Area - Thermal Fluids

Cross-cutting Area - Bioengineering

Cross-cutting Area - Computational Engineering

Cross-cutting Area - Energy & the Environment

Cross-cutting Area - Micro/Nanotechnology

Cross-cutting Area - Product Development

Cross-cutting Area - Robotics