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Declaring a Major in Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers two undergraduate degrees:

During the freshmen year, students meet with engineering divisional advisors associated with their residential colleges. These advisors provide general guidance on the various engineering majors.

Peer academic advisors in each college assist the divisional advisors, providing supplementary advice from the student perspective.

Undergraduate students must declare a major during or before the spring semester of their second year. As undergrads declare their majors, they begin to consult with a major adviser in their chosen field. These departmental advisors can provide more specific assistance in navigating the degree options and finding enriching research opportunities. Sophomore (or second year) students are not allowed to register for the fall semester of their junior (or third) year if they have not yet declared a major. The major declaration deadline is listed in the academic calendar each year. Undergraduates may declare a major at any time before this deadline and may change their major by completing the appropriate form.

Learn more about declaring a major.


In addition to this formal advising system, students are encouraged to engage the faculty at large, to consult with course instructors for advice. Start by browsing faculty profiles and research sites to learn more about ongoing research in the School of Engineering, then contact faculty whose work interests them for potential research projects.

Academic Advising

After declaring a major, academic advisors are in the department of the major chosen. Please reach out to the advisor that handles advising for your college.

Mechanical Engineering Advisors


Peter Lillehoj
Colleges: Hanszen, Martel, and Lovett
BRC 675
lillehoj@rice.edu | x7344

David Trevas
Colleges: Brown, Jones, McMurtry , and Sid 
MEB 230

Roberto Dugnani
Colleges: Baker, Will Rice, Duncan, and Weiss 
DCH 3129
rd55@rice.edu | x2082

Transfer Credit Advisors

David Trevas
MEB 230