Department of Mechanical Engineering

What is Mechanical Engineering?

A degree in mechanical will prepare you for a wide variety of careers, including those in the aerospace, biomedical, energy and robotics fields. Spanning topics from nanomaterials to orbital dynamics, the study of mechanical engineering will put you on the leading edge of engineering science and design. Students can chose to specialize in a particular topical area of mechanical engineering, or explore all the department has to offer.

Why Villanova?

At Villanova University, mechanical engineering undergraduates and graduate students enjoy small class sizes, practical, hands-on experiences, and the attention of professors who are fully committed to your success. The department is home to three different research centers and students at all levels are encouraged to pursue research opportunities with faculty in the areas of:

  • Robotics
  • Unmanned vehicles
  • Biomedical topics including bone fracture mechanics and cryopreservation of tissues
  • Energy efficient building thermal design
  • Thermal management of electronics
  • Design and testing of thin film nanomaterials
  • Energy systems and high rate heat transfer
  • Health care diagnostics and management
  • Biomimetic materials design

After Earning Your Degree

Manufacturing engineer is #10 and mechanical engineer is #17 on Glassdoor’s list of the top 50 jobs in America. U.S. News & World Report ranks “Mechanical Engineer” #34 on its 2018 list of the 100 Best Jobs and #7 on their list of Best STEM Jobs. The National Association of Colleges and Employers lists Mechanical Engineering majors among the top five most in demand by employers (2017), and CNBC listed Mechanical Engineering among “college majors most likely to lead to jobs” (2018).  According to, an entry-level mechanical engineer earns an average salary of $62,978 per year (2017). In 2017, the average starting salary for Villanova mechanical engineering undergraduates was $62,978.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016), the median salary for all mechanical engineers in the U.S. is $84,190.

Recent Villanova bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates pursue careers and higher education in topics such as:

  • Design
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Project engineering
  • Advanced energy systems
  • Amusement park engineering
  • Aerospace systems

With companies and universities, including:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Harris Corporation
  • The Boeing Company
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Skanska USA
  • Jaros, Baum & Bolles
  • SencorpWhite
  • Stanford
  • Johns Hopkins
  • UC Berkeley

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Sridhar Santhanam, Ph.D.

Dr. Sridhar Santhanam, Professor
Phone: 610-519-4996

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