Department of Mechanical Engineering

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineeringin the Lyles College of Engineering at California State University, Fresno.

  • Rahul Bahkta enjoys leading efforts in Bulldog Racing
  • Jiaxin Zhao performs measurements in wind tunnel
  • Measurements are taken in state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • Teamwork facilitates micro hardness measurements.
  • ASME Human Powered Vehicle Competition challenges students
  • Special Independent Study Hovercraft Project
  • Sr Capstone Design Projects provide culminating experience for teams of students

With over 500 combined (undergraduate and graduate) majors in Fall

2015, the Department is the largest in the College, offering an undergraduate program culminating in a BSME degree and a graduate program culminating in a MSE-Mechanical Engineering option degree.  

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,  The program has been continuously accredited since 1965.  

Students in the BSME program are encouraged to participate as interns in the Valley Industry Partnership (VIP) for Cooperative Education.  In addition, as part of their capstone design experience, students can choose a team project either sponsored by industry or from a variety of national competitions such as Formula SAE, SAE Mini Baja, and ASME Human Powered Vehicle, or from a service activity such as Engineers without Borders.  "Small class sizes, direct access to faculty as experienced practitioners and experiential, hands-on learning in a variety of laboratory exercises using state-of-the-art equipment/facilities are hallmarks of the program."

The MSE with Mechanical Engineering option attracts three types of students: i) Seniors in the BSME program who participate in the accelerated (150-unit blended) Masters program; ii) BSME-holders working in industry pursuing a Masters part time; iii) International students who are entering a graduate program in the US for the first time.  The MSE-ME option provides students with a graduate degree grounded in advanced engineering topics with an emphasis on professional practice.  

The Department's full-time faculty have academic credentials which cover the major areas of the mechanical engineering discipline. In addition, all the faculty are active practitioners with academic, industrial and government experience and are able to assist students develop professional skills as well as advise/mentor students in career matters.

Department Mission

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to: 

"provide a broad-based, practice-oriented Mechanical Engineering education that enables graduates to become technically proficient, professional leaders through engagement in the community and lifelong learning."