Message from the Chair

Paul Krueger

Mechanical Engineering is a broad discipline encompassing mechanisms of all types and sizes, from purely passive to living, adaptive systems. It has a long history of innovation and development of machines and systems that have dramatically influenced our society and continue to impact our lives every day. As a result, mechanical engineers are greatly sought after and can be found in every corner of industry.

Recognizing the rich diversity and technical complexity of Mechanical Engineering, our curriculum provides students with a rigorous education while allowing the flexibility for students to pursue interests and specializations that match their talents. Many of our students enhance these skills outside of the classroom through participation in student organizations such as our Formula SAE Club or Mustang Rocketry Club, while others work on cutting-edge research in faculty laboratories. Students may also take advantage of opportunities to obtain dual degrees or minors in other fields to learn additional skills that can lead to unique opportunities. Prepared as “world changers,” many of our graduates go on to obtain master’s and doctoral degrees in Mechanical Engineering and related fields or pursue medical or law degrees.

In addition to offering bachelor’s degrees, the Mechanical Engineering Department also offers two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. degree. These programs are supported by internationally recognized faculty for their innovative, high impact research and contributions to the engineering profession. Our laboratories are state of the art, as are SMU’s high-performance computing facilities utilized by many of our students and faculty. Overall, our graduates are highly regarded and are well-placed in industry, academia and research labs.

I hope you will explore our website and learn more about our department, programs, students and faculty. I encourage you to take advantage of all SMU has to offer, and I look forward to meeting you soon.


Paul Krueger

Mechanical Engineering Department Chair