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Mission and Purpose

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to offer baccalaureate degree programs of excellence in engineering that serve the needs of the West Florida region, the state, and the nation. The goal of the baccalaureate degree programs is to prepare students to embark upon a professional career in mechanical engineering or to pursue graduate study. The department will seek ABET accreditation for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program as soon as it graduates its first cohort of students or shortly thereafter.


The vision of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to be recognized in the state of Florida and the nation for its outstanding undergraduate teaching and outreach programs, and for the quality, character, and integrity of its graduates and faculty.

Mechanical Engineering Accreditation

The Mechanical Engineering program at UWF is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. ABET is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology and is among the most respected accreditation organizations in the United States.

Mechanical Engineering Educational Objectives

The objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of West Florida is to ensure that:

  • Graduates of the program will be successful in the professional practice of engineering or related fields and will advance in their chosen careers.
  • Graduates of the program will be successful in pursuing advanced degrees in engineering or related fields.

    Revised and Approved in Fall 2018

Mechanical Engineering Student Outcomes

The faculty has adopted the engineering criteria for student outcomes, namely:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
  8. An ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components, or processes.
  9. An ability to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems.
Mechanical Engineering Enrollment and Degree Data
Academic YearEnrollment (Fall Semester)Degrees Awarded
2018-2019 326 26
2017-2018 272 14
2016-2017* 153 0