We have large amounts of space dedicated to providing a hands-on educational experience for our undergraduate students. One of the biggest differences between UMass Dartmouth’s Mechanical Engineering Program and that at many other Universities, is the amount of space we dedicate to undergraduate education. Most large research universities have reduced their undergraduate facilities over the last two decades, and some have no undergraduate laboratories at all. The push to bring in more and more research money has forced research universities to sacrifice hands-on undergraduate education in order to make more room for research. At UMass Dartmouth undergraduate education comes first. We have much more space dedicated to undergraduate instruction than we do to research; and prospective undergraduates who visit UMass Dartmouth Mechanical Engineering will be shown undergraduate laboratories – not graduate research labs they will never be able to use.
Similarly, our departmental computer lab is designed to support our undergraduate instruction; and it provides a friendly meeting place for undergraduates working on team projects.
We are rapidly expanding our graduate research facilities. We have two newly constructed research laboratories. Our bioengineering research laboratory is housed in a building that opened in 2009. It houses graduate students working on cell preservation, thermal therapy, cell-material interactions and bio-active bandages. The resources in this laboratory include fluorescent microscopy, laser confocal microscopy, mammalian and bacterial cell culture suites, atomic force microscopy, cryogenic equipment and a small animal facility.
Our second research laboratory was created by renovation of storage space in 2004. This laboratory houses research in turbulent fluid dynamics, advanced nano-materials and fracture mechanics. Resources in this lab include laser particle velocimetry, an environmental test chamber, an optics lab and a materials testing suite.
Our graduate students are also involved in research at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center and at the Center for Marine Science and Technology.
Additional facilities & resources
- Computer-Aided Engineering Lab
- User accounts
- Remote file access
- Windows remote access
- Software available to students