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Mechanical, Industrial and Mining Engineering

If it’s made to move, it’s likely mechanical. This is one of the oldest and broadest types of engineering that includes:

  • Power generation (from engines to wind turbines),
  • Aeronautics (how to fly to London or the next solar system),
  • Nanotechnology (small stuff),
  • Composite materials (like carbon fibre and even concrete),
  • Mining technologies (getting oil and minerals out of the ground and processed for use),
  • Industrial systems and manufacturing, and
  • Mechatronics (automation and robots!)

There’s also a whole section of mechanical engineering called biomechanical engineering. This field is dedicated to applying mechanics to biological systems, such as prostheses, implants and controlling the flight of robo-insects!

From NASA to Xerox, mechanical engineers are making an impact all over the world. Check out these amazing MEs:

Bonnie Dunbar: NASA astronaut; helped develop the ceramic tiles that enable space shuttle re-entry.









Ursula Burns: Chairperson and CEO of Xerox; first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company; named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes magazine.






Lillian Gilbreth: Second woman in the Society of Mechanical Engineers; developed time and motion tools combining her background in industrial engineering and physchology; first female engineering professor at Purdue.









 Recommended high school courses:
  • Calculus
  • Physics
  • Chemistry


Through outreach and professional development activities, research, partnerships, thought leadership and online initiatives, we work with industry and academia to educate on the value of diversity for innovation, to inspire women to thrive and to celebrate the contributions of women in science and engineering.
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