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Our Faculty and Staff

Our faculty members have diverse expertise in applied mechanics, biomaterials, biomechanics, computational mechanics and fluid mechanics, energy and transportation systems, as well as combustion and thermal systems. They perform research from the nanoscale through large scale systems. Many bring industrial experience to the classroom. Our dedicated staff offer superior service to support our students and faculty members. Visit our Faculty & Staff page to learn more.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide our students with a high quality education, to generate and apply knowledge, and to serve both society and the engineering profession. The program educational objectives, in support of our mission, are that our graduates will be:

  1. Technically skilled in the application of the principles of mechanical engineering, and demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and in teams;
  2. Successful in their chosen career paths, demonstrating the attitudes, abilities, and personal leadership to effectively adapt to our changing global society while maintaining and promoting the highest engineering, professional, and ethical standards; and
  3. Actively engaged in continuous learning and professional growth throughout their careers while productively contributing to their organizations and communities.

See Enrollment and Graduation Data.

Our Discoveries

Since 2015, our faculty members have published over 125 refereed journal articles and six U.S. patents. Also in 2015, our scholarly works have been cited by researchers worldwide over 9,500 times, according to Google Scholar. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is committed to increasing the impact of the research of our faculty members, as well as that of our graduate and undergraduate students.

Our Profession

Mechanical engineers use principles of mechanics and energy to develop, design, manufacture, and test tools, machines, motors, new materials, engines and other devices. They are involved with power-producing machines and develop power-consuming machines. They also work in the fields of medicine and law, management, forensics, the environment, and many others.

Upcoming Events

Graduate Virtual Meet & Greet Series:

On Friday, Feb. 19th from 10:00 - 11:00 am CST, one of our current graduate students is having a virtual meet & greet event. Please stop by to chat with them about what it is like to be a graduate student in our department.


(Passcode: 153598)


ME Advisory Board Meeting

Friday, April 17, 2020

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More first and second place awards in student AIAA aircraft design contests than any other school in the world
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times