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Department Mechanical Engineering

Pfefferkorn lab student

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 Dollars25MMillion
average annual research funding
undergraduate ranking among public universities
graduate ranking among public universities

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Assistant Professor in Energy Systems

Assistant Professor in Fluid Dynamics

Assistant Professor in Structural Dynamics

The deadline for the Assistant Professor positions is December 20, 2023, but postings will remain live until filled.

Mechanical engineering news

Tyler Lee
“The department of mechanical engineering has provided me with a vast range of experiences, for which I am deeply grateful. At one point, my mornings were spent conducting NASA-funded aerospace research, afternoons dedicated to designing solar systems for hurricane victims, and evenings spent discussing animal rights policy. The diverse exposure I received has instilled in me the confidence to take on any challenge that may come my way.”
– Tyler Lee
BSME’23, Faustin-Prinz Undergraduate Research Fellow, Energy Systems Optimization Laboratory
ME faculty collage Feb 2024

Meet the faculty

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