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Department Mechanical Engineering

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More than gears: Innovative technologies for the world

All engineers solve problems. Mechanical engineers get to pick the most interesting problems, because we consider our field to be the most wide-ranging, versatile and flexible. By choosing mechanical engineering, you’ll be learning how natural elements in our world work, like heat and cold; fluids, solids and gases; metals, plastics and even human tissue—and how to control the stresses, motions and designs of those elements.

At a glance

Mechanical engineering department

US Dollars20MMillion
average annual research funding
undergraduate ranking among public universities
graduate ranking among public universities
Come work with us

We’re Hiring!

Teaching Professor – Apply by January 31, 2023


Assistant Professor – Apply by January 12, 2023 for full consideration
The Department seeks to fill new faculty positions in two focus areas:
(1) autonomous systems; and (2) robotics.

Mechanical engineering news

From classrooms to major research to recognition for a lifetime of service, our students and faculty are proud of their accomplishments and collaborations. These stories are just a few of the many achievements made by Badger mechanical engineers.
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Meet the faculty

Noted both for outstanding teaching and groundbreaking research, our distinguished faculty regularly earn awards from national and international organizations.