Message from the Chair


N. Okamoto

Welcome to the Mechanical Engineering Department at San Jose State University! We are
home to the Bachelors and Masters programs in mechanical engineering and the new
robotics minor. We are proud to be one of the major suppliers of human resources for many
companies in Silicon Valley. Established in 1958, our graduates work in all major employers
in the Silicon Valley, including NASA, Lockheed Martin, Tesla, and Applied Materials. Our
curriculum is focused on learning core engineering concepts through hands-on activities. We
also feature cutting-edge research in various fields related to mechanical engineering.
Several of our graduates stay in the bay area with local employers and contribute to the
area's economic growth. Many graduates start their own companies, primarily due to the
training focused on creativity, entrepreneurship, and problem-solving skills obtained in the
ME department. A fair number of graduates continue to other MS and Ph.D. programs at
schools across the country.
Our BSME program is top-rated, and every year, we receive a massive number of
applications for admission. Our student body is also very diverse. We have a great group of
faculty and staff who are very knowledgeable and eager to help students get to the next
This website will give you a lot of information related to our programs. Please do not
hesitate to reach out to the department in case of any questions.



Vimal Viswanathan

Associate Professor and Interim Chair