History and Quick Facts
History of the department
The Department of Mechanical Engineering enrolled its first class of undergraduate students in the fall of 1996 and moved into what is now Engineering West Hall in 1998. Two years later, in May 2000, M.S. and Ph.D. graduate degree programs in engineering were established and the first graduate students joined the department.
VCU responded to the industry demand for qualified nuclear professionals in Virginia by establishing the VCU nuclear engineering program. In 2007, the department initiated a new M.S. degree program in mechanical and nuclear engineering and in 2009 began offering an undergraduate major concentration in nuclear engineering. Simultaneously, a new nuclear engineering track was developed for those seeking a Ph.D. in Engineering.
The mechanical engineering department relocated to Engineering East Hall in January 2008 and in the fall of 2010 officially changed its name to the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.
The Department Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering is the largest in the VCU School of Engineering, currently enrolling more than 580 undergraduate students and more than 70 M.S. and Ph.D. students. The department has 23 full-time faculty members who teach and perform research in cutting-edge areas such as smart materials, drug delivery systems, nanoscale materials, biomedical devices, robotics, energy conversion systems, nuclear engineering, surface science and air filtration.
1996– First class of students enrolls at the VCU School of Engineering
1996– Initiation of Mechanical Engineering Program
2000– ABET Accreditation of B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
2007– Initiation of M.S. Track in Nuclear Engineering
2008– Establishment of M.S. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (including online option)
2009– Initiation of B.S. Major Concentration in Nuclear Engineering
2010– Department name changed to Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
2012– ABET Accreditation of B.S. Major Concentration in Nuclear Engineering
2012– Establishment of Ph.D. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
- B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
- B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a Nuclear Engineering Major Concentration
- M.S. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
- Online M.S. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
- Ph.D. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
- Spring 2016: 69 B.S., 17 B.S.N.E., 7 M.S., 6 Ph.D.
- Fall 2015: 17 B.S., 6 B.S.N.E., 11 M.S.
- 540 Undergaduate Students total
- 90 Undergraduate Students in the Nuclear Engineering Major Concentration
- 70 Graduate Students
- 22 Full Time Faculty
- 13 Assistant Professors, 5 Associate Professors, 4 Full Professors
- 11 new faculty hired since 2013
- 3 Adjunct Faculty
Graduate Student Support
- 54 Graduate Fellowships
- Sources include: Department of Energy, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Over $2.5 million
- Provided by: Department of Energy, Department of Defense, National Institute of Health, National Nuclear Security Administration, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Science Foundation and industry.
- Commonwealth Center for Advance Manufacturing (CCAM)
- Newport News Shipbuilding
- Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
- Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium (VNEC)