Undergraduate Studies

World-class instruction, undergraduate research, and one-on-one advising

As one of this nation’s premier universities, Johns Hopkins provides outstanding students with an exceptionally strong education through instruction by world-class faculty and access to cutting-edge research. Small classes and personal, one-on-one advising allow our students to develop close relationships with our faculty. Our students join other outstanding, motivated, and professionally oriented colleagues with whom they study and work, often in a cooperative manner.

Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins offers two majors:

  • Mechanical Engineering. This major is ideal for students seeking careers in industry as well as further study in graduate school. Mechanical Engineering places more emphasis on professional preparation than the Engineering Mechanics program.
  • Engineering Mechanics. This program is particularly suited for students interested in double-majoring or going on to professional school. It offers greater flexibility for students who wish to target specific disciplines (such as the interface between fields).

Both majors have a strong emphasis on the fundamental principles which will serve the students throughout their careers. Each curriculum exposes students to hands-on experience through laboratory work and design projects.


ABET Accreditation

The Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics degree programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.



Johns Hopkins’ Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics programs provide a focus on the fundamentals of engineering. Laboratory work and design projects synthesize this knowledge in an engineering context.

Johns Hopkins also provides motivated students with access to world class faculty and opportunities to contribute to research projects. Through these experiences, our students broaden their knowledge and develop the kind of analytical thinking skills that prepare them for exciting and rewarding professional opportunities in a rapidly changing field.

The capstone of the JHU Mechanical Engineering program is a unique two-semester sequence in design. Through the 530.403 and 530.404 Senior Design courses, students work in small teams on real projects sponsored by local industry, government, or non-profit organizations. This arrangement provides each team with a significant budget, access to world-class resources, and a technical contact to achieve and an engineering design objective. Sponsors continue to return each year with new projects based on the extraordinary success our seniors have each year.

Recent projects have included the design of a novel robot for space exploration, power-tool fittings for a handicapped individual and modifications to high-speed packaging machinery.

Students learn the full range of design phases, from brainstorming to final design presentations which are polished through videotaped review.

One of the most important and distinctive features of undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins is the access that all undergraduates have to the research laboratories of some of the most outstanding faculty members in the world.

Johns Hopkins is the nation’s single largest federal research contractor. This large volume of research funding provides students with tremendous opportunities for working independently with faculty. Current student work ranges from assisting our faculty with remotely piloted deep-sea robots, to the design of advanced medical equipment for minimally invasive microsurgery.

Through this contact with our faculty, students are able to develop skills not easily taught in the classroom. Both the experience of working in a laboratory and the individual interaction with faculty can prove vital in the student’s next phase of their career, namely finding challenging employment or seeking an appropriate graduate experience.


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