Prospective students

Students in Instrumentation/Controls/Materials Laboratory
Students in Instrumentation/Controls/Materials Laboratory

About mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering is present wherever engineered systems interact with the physical world. This broad applicability assures its place as a vibrant core discipline, increasingly focused on integrating the exploration of fundamental solid and fluid mechanics with computer aided design/manufacture and embedded sensors and control. Learn about our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Today mechanical engineers are involved with the development of leading edge systems in areas such as clean energy, biomedical devices, transportation, aeronautics and aerospace, robotics and optics, in turn propelled by fundamental mechanical engineering research into composite, ceramic and metallic materials, nanotechnology and computational analysis and intelligent design software.

Research areas

Our research areas include:

  • integrated energy systems (system modeling, fuel cells, wave/wind/tidal devices, hybrid vehicles)
  • bioengineering (lab-on-chip, diagnostic sensors, rehabilitation devices, heat valves)
  • advanced materials and manufacturing (crystal growth, microscopy, micromachining, rapid prototyping)
  • robotics and mechatronics (micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), haptics, optics)
  • thermofluids and transport phenomena (microfluidics, cryogenics, acoustics, experimental and computational fluid dynamics)
  • dynamics and control (autonomous and remotely operated vehicles)
  • computer aided design and manufacturing (optimization, tool path generation, micromachining)
  • aerospace systems (unmanned air vehicles, advanced composites, structural health monitoring)