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Colorado State University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Fort Collins, a city that offers the advantages of a big city with the friendliness of a small town. The surrounding landscapes from wide-open spaces to the rolling foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains make Fort Collins the ideal location to live and learn.

50 Parks and 44 Natural Areas

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168,000 Approximate City Population

1 Hour to Denver International Airport

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CSU Mechanical Engineering History

1870 – State Agricultural College of Colorado is created as part of the Morrill Act, which provides land grants to states to finance the establishment of colleges specializing in agriculture and the mechanic arts.

1882 – President Charles Ingersoll helps establish the Department of Mechanics and Drawing, the precursor to the College of Engineering, at Colorado Agricultural College.

1883 - The Hall of Mechanical Arts opens to house a mechanics shop with facilities for wood and iron working.

1895 - The Department of Mechanics and Drawing becomes the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

1935 – CAC is renamed Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.

1938 – Nephi Christensen becomes dean. During WWII, he left for the Ballistic Research Laboratory. There he made significant contributions to the development of rocketry.

1944 – CSC is renamed Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College.

1950 – Alumnus Jack Cermak constructs CSU’s first wind tunnel, pioneering research in fluid mechanics and wind engineering.

1955 – Engineering student A.R. Chamberlain, who would go on to serve as president, earns Colorado A&M’s first Ph.D. in engineering.

1957 – Colorado A&M becomes Colorado State University.

Mechanical engineering at Colorado State University is about using our knowledge of materials, energy, and health to solve society’s global engineering challenges.

Mechanical engineering at Colorado State University is about using our knowledge of materials, energy, and health to solve society’s global engineering challenges.

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