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From Your Mechanical Engineering Chair Dr. Teodora Rutar Shuman

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#26 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
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ME Department's Response to the COVID-19 Crisis with Design Projects and Innovative Pedagogies  

The Mechanical Engineering Department faculty and staff have done an outstanding job transitioning to virtual learning.  Before the outbreak, the department was already at the forefront of engineering education with flipped classrooms, experimental design, incorporating technology, and other innovative teaching practices.  The $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (RED) recently awarded to the Department of Mechanical Engineering is a result of such forward thinking.

While transitioning to virtual learning, we also introduced four new courses this spring (from the RED-driven curriculum change). In the three new vertically integrated project courses, students attend mandatory weekly mentoring by industry professionals and work on design projects aimed at solving problems related to COVID-19. Innovations in the new Instrumentation and Data Acquisition courses this spring include remote labs: lab platforms are sent to students’ residences and students are expected to complete weekly assignments in frequent consultation with faculty.  And, in Advanced Control Systems this spring, students remotely program a robot and the faculty tests the program on the robot via an interactive Zoom class.

We are confident that we will continue to deliver the highest quality education in the 2020/2021 school year and beyond. 

Here are a few noteworthy faculty innovations in the three new vertically integrated project courses:

  • Design projects aimed at solving COVID-19 problems
  • Mandatory weekly mentoring by industry professionals via Zoom for freshmen, sophomores and juniors
  • Flipped classrooms

Innovations in the new Instrumentation and Data Acquisition courses:

  • Remote labs: Lab platforms are sent to students residences and students are expected to complete weekly assignments in frequent consultation with faculty

Innovations in Advanced Control Systems:

  • Remote labs: Students remotely program a robot, send it to faculty and the faculty member tests the program on the robot via an interactive Zoom class. 

Building Leaders Who Make the World Work


In the urban center of one of the nation’s fastest growing technology and engineering hubs, you will find the Mechanical Engineering Department known for its commitment to student learning and professional formation. Our technically rigorous design-focused education is situated in a collaborative environment that emphasizes individual attention and connections to industry, while preparing students to help create a more just and humane world.

Seattle University’s Mechanical Engineering department provides undergraduates with strong foundations in areas of mathematics, basic sciences, engineering theory and practice and the humanities and social sciences, while our Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program develops skills for advanced and leadership positions. Both programs work closely with our Advisory Board of industry professionals from Amazon, Boeing, Kenworth, K2 Sports, Microsoft, FSi consulting engineers, Seattle City Light and Uptake Technologies to identify the skillsets required for professional success.

Seattle University’s commitment to lifelong learning provides you with programs that build practical engineering skills and develop your social, economic and environmentally responsible professionalism. 


NSF Awards $2 Million Grant to the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Titled “Revolutionizing Engineering Education through Industry Immersion and a Focus on Identity,” this National Science Foundation RED grant will allow the College of Science and Engineering to implement a new approach to teaching mechanical engineering, bringing engineering practice to students and students to engineering practice. The college will be able to study how students’ identities change along the way in the hopes that the grant will have a positive impact on all students, including women and underrepresented minorities.

Engineering with Engineers Seattle University is one of only two private schools and one of only two mechanical engineering programs in the nation to receive this prestigious award.

Steve Brooks, ’98, ’19, VP at UMC, is delivering solutions in the wake of COVID-19 

Steve Brooks, ’98, ’19, vice president of business development at UMC

Steve Brooks, ’98, ’19, vice president of business development at UMC, is driving an innovative solution to help at-risk communities stay healthy while keeping employees in the workforce. “The change in the world comes from business,” says Brooks, "and it’s upon the business leaders in our community to really come up and create the social justice solutions that the community needs.”

UMC is a mechanical contracting company that plans, builds and manages buildings, facilities and construction projects. When the COVID-19 devastated typical operations at UMC, causing furloughs and revenue loss, Brooks and the leadership team decided to modify their business offerings.

You can read the full article at the SU Voice Alumni Blog.

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Your Mechanical Engineering Staff is looking forward to making the 2019-20 academic year your best yet!

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Dr. Teodora Rutar Shuman

Dr. Teodora Shuman

Department Chair



Natasha Malyuk

Natasha Malyuk

Senior Administrative Assistant



 Fields of Study & Careers in Mechanical Engineering
  • Robotics & Machineries
  • Energy & Environment
  • Medical Devices
  • Transportation
  • Research & Education