Department of Mechanical Engineering

Winning satellite design could be the next big thing in space travel

Winning satellite design could be the next big thing in space travel

Electrical lead Cass Hussmann and project manager Devin Pelletier make refinements to their satellite that won the top prize in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge and may just be the next the next big thing in space travel.

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UVic researcher win prestigious award

UVic researcher win prestigious award

Aerospace systems engineer Afzal Suleman is one of three new Canada Research Chairs at UVic.

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The advanced microscopy facility

The advanced microscopy facility

Dr. Rodney Herring heads the advanced microscopy facility, home to the Scanning Transmission Electron Holography Microscope. The first of its type in the world, the microscope came to the university in parts last year.

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Dr. Brad Buckham

Dr. Brad Buckham

Dr. Buckham's research is focused on renewable energy. Currently director of the West Coast Wave Initiative, he's leading a multi-disciplinary group of academics and industry members committed to quantitatively determining the feasibility, impacts and possible structure of wave energy conversion on the west coast of Canada.

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ECOSat team members

ECOSat team members

ECOSat is a University of Victoria club composed of undergraduate and graduate students. Team members have a unique opportunity to gain hands on experience working on a real spacecraft. The goal of the team is to design and construct a nanosatellite for the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge.

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Mechanical engineering programs

Mechanical Engineering at University of Victoria is known for its innovative research and excellent academic programs. We offer Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), Master of Engineering (MEng), Master of Applied Science (MASc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs. Co-operative education is integrated into our undergraduate program.

As a mechanical engineer, you'll use your problem-solving and teamwork skills to work on real-world problems. You will see the results of your efforts and have a chance to make an impact on society.

Get involved in the design and study of physical and mechanical systems including:
  • power generation
  • transportation vehicles (ground, aircraft, watercraft)
  • fluid dynamics
  • machine design
  • biomedical-mechanical systems
  • mechatronics and robotics
  • clean energy systems
  • material property, testing and production
  • heating and air-conditioning


We are very active in research with first-rate laboratories and diverse research funding. Our focus is on research in leading-edge technologies such as:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Advanced Materials
  • Aeronautics and Aerospace
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computational and Continuum Mechanics
  • Computational Design and Computer Aided Engineering
  • Alternate Energy Technologies and Systems
  • Industrial Sensing and Optics
  • Mechatronics and Controls
  • Micro-Electromechanical Systems
  • Ocean Engineering and Ocean Energy
  • Robotics and Mechanisms
  • Thermofluids Science and Transport Phenomena

Learn more about our research areas.

About us

Our department includes 23 regular faculty members including three Canada Research Chairs. We have over 100 graduate students and a large number of adjunct faculty members, research personnel and visiting researchers.