Department of Mechanical Engineering

High-tech bandage uses phone app to identify infection

A “smart bandage” that detects and treats infection using a smartphone app has the potential for transformative advances in wound care.

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Success in Michigan

UVic Formula Motorsport is proud to announce the preliminary results show we have finished 16th place overall at the FSAE Michigan event out of 120 schools from around the world, which is our best finish ever!

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Google Impact Challenge Winners

Google Impact Challenge Winners

The Victoria Hand Project (VHP), a non-profit operating from Mechanical Engineering's BDSL lab, is one of five organizations to receive a $250,000 grant from in the Google Impact Challenge Canada competition.

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Mechanical Engineering Professor Yang Shi named IEEE Fellow

Mechanical Engineering Professor Yang Shi named IEEE Fellow

Mechanical Engineering Professor Yang Shi has been named IEEE Fellow for contributions to networked and distributed control systems. 

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Harnessing The Waves

Brad Buckham is the Director of WCWI. Terry Tarle is the President and CEO of AXYS Technologies of Sidney, BC, one of WCWI’s key partners. AXYS built all five buoys currently deployed by WCWI off the coast of Vancouver Island.

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Engineering student on the fast track to the future

Engineering student on the fast track to the future

When Nick Schwaiger was 13, he got his first job at a houseboat company in Sicamous, BC where his dad was a mechanic. He started helping out servicing engines and power systems in the company’s fleet of 120 houseboats, plying the waters of nearby Shuswap and Mara Lakes. After a while, he was doing oil changes on engines, changing propellers and troubleshooting.

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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.