Most of our students come from Southeastern Massachusetts, although we have had students from as far away as Western Canada and even the Middle East. Many of our students work as well as study.
One option for those students who want or need to work is the internship program that allows our students to earn money and academic credit at the same time. Our students include men and women of all races and religions. It is impossible to make anything but gross generalizations about them as a group, but the perspectives of some of our students are included below in the form of letters they have written about UMass Dartmouth.
All of our students are required to complete a year-long capstone design project course in their senior year. They work in groups of three under the supervision of a faculty advisor on projects of their choosing. These projects are typically sponsored by industry. Students are also required to make oral presentation of their project in a forum open to the university community. Learn more about recent senior design projects.
Our students also participate in professional societies such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
Mechanical Engineering student projects
There are three primary ways in which our students get involved in extended projects:
The Mini-Baja car (on the right), designed and built by student members of ASME, raced in National Competitions.