Message from the Chair
Gary C. Tepper, Ph.D.
Professor, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department
Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design and analyze machines of all types including automobiles, airplanes, rockets, submarines, power generation systems, biomedical instrumentation, robots, manufacturing systems, household appliances and many, many more.
In addition, mechanical engineers design and analyze the energy sources that power machines, the fluids through which the machines travel and the materials from which the machines are constructed. Mechanical engineers also work in cutting-edge fields such as nanotechnology, alternative energy sources and environmentally friendly “green” manufacturing processes.
Our exciting new nuclear engineering programs were created in response to the strong demand for new nuclear engineers in both the public and private sector. Nuclear engineers not only design and maintain nuclear reactors and nuclear power plants; they also work on medical applications of ionizing radiation, nuclear safety, nuclear fuel and radioactive waste disposal, and the problems of nuclear proliferation.
Mechanical and nuclear engineers are in continuous demand by industry, as well as the state and federal government, and enjoy one of the highest starting salaries of all majors. The VCU Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering is the largest in the School of Engineering and offers an accredited B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, including a new nuclear engineering track, as well as an M.S. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering.
It is truly an exciting time to be a mechanical or nuclear engineer and we invite you to browse through our website and learn more about our world-class faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and outstanding degree-granting programs.