Art+ Design

Design and Mechanical Engineering, BSME

Combine the principles of engineering, science and mathematics with the design of services, interactions and experiences.

Mechanical engineering involves the design, development, and manufacture of machinery and devices to transmit power or to convert energy from thermal to mechanical form in order to power the modern world. Its current practice has been heavily influenced by recent advances in computer hardware and software. Engineers also play a primary role in the development of new technologies in a variety of fields—energy conversion, solar energy utilization, environmental control, prosthetics, transportation, manufacturing, and new-materials development. Design is the discipline that shapes human experiences in specific situations to improve quality. Posing important questions about—and providing significant answers to—how we live, designers are needed when we don’t know what is needed as well as when we think we do.

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Co-op Opportunities

design and media sectors

Ronik Design + Development, Sametz Blackstone Associates Inc, Rue Gilt Groupe, BounceX, Ifactory Inc., JCDecaux North America, Mullen Advertising Inc, NBC Universal, Unispaceb Smartwebs, Inc., AutoDesk, Hubspot, Ogilvy, IDEO

news and publishing sectors

The Boston Globe LLC, Patriot Ledger, Harvard Business Publishing, HMH Books and Media

arts sectors

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boch Center

food and beverage sectors

America's Test Kitchen, Kind LLC, Best Bees Company, BevSpot Inc., The Boston Beer Company, Inc

fashion and travel sectors

New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc, Reebok International Ltd., Wayfair, The TJX Companies, Inc., Trip Advisor LLC

government and civic sectors

City of Boston, City of Cambridge, Boston Neighborhood Network, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, MassDOT/MBTA

health care and pharmaceutical sectors

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc., Massachusetts General Hospital, Imprivata, Inc., Vertex Pharmaceuticals

educational sector

NU Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research, edX, EF Education First, WGBH Educational Foundation

financial and business sector

Commonwealth Financial Network, Fidelity Investments, John Hancock, MFS Investment Management, State Street Corporation, Thomson Reuters, The Boston Consulting Group International Inc, Talent Acquisition Group

Career Opportunities

Application Support Developer

Back End Engineer

Creative Developer

Designer

Director of Development

Experience Designer

Frontend Developer

Frontend Engineer

Fullstack Software Engineer

Graphic Designer

Interaction Designer

Interface Designer

Product Designer

Software Designer

Software Engineer

Software Engineer

UI/UX Designer

User Interface Engineer

Web Developer & Designer

Multidisciplinary Skills
  • CAD and SolidWorks 3D software
  • collaboration
  • creative problem-solving
  • critical thinking
  • data analysis
  • design research
  • design software
  • energy transfer analysis
  • graphic representation
  • fabrication
  • facilitation
  • human factors
  • information design
  • interviews
  • kinematic analysis
  • leadership
  • listening
  • machine design
  • materials research
  • material performance analysis
  • modeling
  • observation
  • personas
  • programming
  • project management
  • problem framing
  • risk management
  • rapid prototyping
  • sketching
  • structural assessment
  • technical skills
  • typography
  • experience mapping
  • user stories
  • user testing
  • verbal and written communication
  • visual synthesis
  • visualization
Learning Outcomes

Mechanical Engineering program educational objectives

Graduates will contribute to the advancement of the Mechanical Engineering field and provide leadership and innovation to the benefit of their employers, the professional community, and society.

Graduates will engage in activities that promote professional development and personal growth.

Mechanical Engineering student outcomes

At the conclusion of the program in mechanical engineering, students will have demonstrated, through class and project work, that they have acquired:

An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.

An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

 

Design learning outcomes

Apply iterative design processes to create, revise, evaluate, and develop effective prototypes and innovative solutions.

Engage human-centered design research methods and systems thinking to identify and understand values, goals, motivations of intended audiences as a mode of inquiry, question framing and guide to action.

Develop a high level of craft and technical skills in a relevant range of media and tools and effectively weigh applicability for intended audiences and outcomes.

Develop and realize intent, concept and content with awareness of context and consequence.

Implement visual patterns incorporating text, image, diagram including temporal and spatial representations to recognize, categorize, and articulate significant form and meaning

Employ and embody ethical practices, team and cross-disciplinary collaboration, and effective communication and presentation skills.

Apply relevant communication theories and principles and appreciate the pervasive and long-term impact of design decisions on people and societies.