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The ME Department's 2022 SAE team

What Mechanical Engineering Offers

Our hands-on curriculum and projects give students the best opportunity to learn and interact with our faculty. Our graduates work in many diverse industries in the Silicon Valley, including aerospace, medical devices and biotechnology, telecommunications, semiconductor manufacturing and equipment, power generation, and product design.

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Zero G Team

Who Should Apply?

Do you like to draw and design things? Are you good at math and science? Have you ever wondered how the engine in your car works, or how products are designed, or how robotics are controlled? If so, you should consider an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. If you already hold an undergraduate degree, and you want to take your knowledge to the next level, take a look at our Master of Science degree program. Our graduate program caters to working professionals with evening classes and a practical, project-based curriculum.

COVID-19 Vaccination Verification

Visit the Health Advisories Website to get updates regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic!


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Advice from Alumni

Check out advice from our BSME graduate (3-7 years after graduation that was collected in the Summer of 2020

Exoskeleton project

Dr. Sharifi's NSF Award

Dr. Mojtaba Sharifi (an ME faculty member) has received an NSF award from the Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE) program for enhancing the autonomy and safety of lower-limb exoskeletons to assist humans in locomotion and other activities. With this award, he will hire 4-6 graduate students and waive their tuition (in 2023, 2024, and 2025) during the semesters having ME 295A, ME 295B, and ME 299 to conduct this multidisciplinary research on the intelligent control of lower-limb exoskeletons (including Exo-H3 shown above). 

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SJSU FSAE Spartan Racing 2022 Competition!

Congratulations to Spartan Racing and Spartan Racing Electric! They competed at the Michigan International Speedway last weekend. The Spartan Racing, SJSU Formula SAE placed 4th in Combustion and 8th in Spartan Racing Electric, placing the team's top California team in each class. It is also important to recognize that we are the only school with entries in both classes that qualified for endurance. We are so proud of these teams for persisting through all the challenges. Go Spartans!

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ME Alumni Recognition and Scholarship Event

On May 11th, we had to opportunity to celebrate our 2023 Scholarship Recipients as well as the generous donors who made the awards possible, and to whom we would like to extend the deepest thanks for their kindness.

We had the chance to honor Mark A. Pasquale, our ME Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, whom we would like to thank for his many contributions to the department as an experienced industry professional.

At the event, our guests were able to explore various Senior Design projects and voted to select the ME Senior Design Project of the Year. To that end, we would like to congratulate the Electric Conversion module for winning first place, and to the Exoskeleton team, who won first runner-up!

Finally, we would like to thank everyone who attended this event and made it a true celebration of ingenuity, achievement, and generosity.

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Solar Powered Automated Transportation

On ABC7 News

"Solar-Powered Automated Transportation: Feasibility and Visualization," a study by Dr. Furman, Dr. Laxmi, ME Alumni Jack Fogelquist, and several others was published this December 2021 by MTI. "The report is the culmination of 19 months of research into the feasibility of powering a radically new public transportation system by grid tied solar PV and an investigation into how to best visualize it for stakeholder buy-in," says Dr. Furman. 

Check out a video about this project

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SJSU's Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center and Dr. Ali Tohidi

Check out this NBC News story about the opening of SJSU's Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center. New ME professor Dr. Ali Tohidi is one of five new faculty members hired across campus as part of this center and the only one in the College of Engineering. An SJSU Newsroom article discusses Dr. Tohidi's work in particular.

Support the Mechanical Engineering Department on the Days of Giving!

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Mechanical Engineering Student Support Fund

We would love your support to raise a “Mechanical Engineering Student Support Fund.” This money will be exclusively used to support students’ hands-on experiences, experimentation work, senior and master projects, research projects, and travel to professional conferences to disseminate cutting-edge research. Several of our students come from economically disadvantaged communities and your donations can make a difference in how they achieve their dreams with a Mechanical Engineering degree.

Visit the Campaign page!

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Mechanical Engineering Lathe

With your kind donations, we can purchase a brand-new lathe and replace the aging one. This makes a difference for our students as they can continue working on their hands-on projects without worrying about the lathe breaking down when they are ready to build their prototype. Our Formula SAE racing team, Spartan Hyperloop team, and our ASME student teams have experienced impressive success in their respective competitions. And despite the winning or losing in these competitions, they bring amazing hands-on learning opportunities for our students. Your donations can make a difference by ensuring that our students have access to the tools they need for achieving their tasks. 

Donate to the  ME Lathe Campaign!

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Mechanical Engineering Faculty Support Fund

Your donations can make a difference! As our faculty members engage in research to support the community, their profession and the country as a whole, they always worry about where the resources are coming from. With your help, the Mechanical Engineering Department will fund a Faculty Support Fund that can fund small equipment purchases, maintenance and repair or equipment, creation of new hands-on research projects and the travel to professional venues. By enabling faculty research, you can help to improve the research capabilities of the university and this can benefit the community through community-focused research projects that our faculty are always excited about!

Support the ME Faculty!