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darryl thelen
“We have exceptional mechanical engineering faculty who are passionate, engaged and committed to improving and innovating our educational offerings and advancing research discoveries and innovations. We are investigating and developing new technologies that address major challenges involving transportation, energy, healthcare, and sustainability. Our research relies on interdisciplinary collaboration across many departments and units from UW-Madison and other top research institutions around the world. I’m proud of our supportive learning environment in Mechanical Engineering and excited about our trajectory. The Department is 150 years old in 2025 and in many ways right now is the biggest growth point in our history. We invite you to join us in moving Forward!”
John Bollinger Chair of Mechanical Engineering Bernard A. and Frances M. Weideman Professor

At a glance

Mechanical engineering department

US Dollars20MMillion
average annual research funding
12
undergraduate ranking among public universities
7
graduate ranking among public universities

Our Vision

To address critical engineering challenges through world-class basic and applied research, and to excel in undergraduate and graduate education.

Our Mission

To create, apply, and transfer engineering knowledge and educate future mechanical engineering leaders for the betterment of society as a whole.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Mechanical Engineering Department is committed to creating an environment that is inclusive and respects diversity. We aim to foster a culture among faculty, staff, and students that promotes understanding and respect for diverse perspectives and experiences. We strive to remove any barriers and disincentives that hinder success for any individuals or groups in the Mechanical Engineering Department.

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