University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering

About Us

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering, part of the College of Science and Engineering, serving the state and nation as a leading center of education, research, and innovation. At latest count, the department has 43 active faculty, 56 staff members, 311 graduate students, 50 postdoctoral associates, research associates and visitors, and about 567 undergraduate students.

People - department directory
Contact us - who to contact
Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council (MEAC)
Finding Us - campus map to Mechanical Engineering
Walking Map to ME Building from Hotel or Ramp (pdf)
Twin Cities Campus Maps (pdf & tif)
Driving Directions to Mechanical Engineering (pdf)
History of Mechanical Engineering
Giving to Mechanical Engineering

ME Building






Strategic Planning

In order to effectively fulfill its mission and define its future direction, the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) initiated a strategic planning process to help ME enhance its teaching and research programs, develop stronger relationships with the corporate community, and create a strategic path to foster intellectual, scientific, and economic vitality. Our department continually addresses some of the grand challenges facing humankind in the 21st century.

Task forces have been established and charged to broadly seek input from stakeholders in these five areas:

During the strategic planning process each area was critically reviewed and analyzed, identifying the strengths and strategic opportunities of the department, while being mindful of ME's obligation and pursuit as a premier department in each focus area.

ME invited stakeholders, including students, parents, alumni, industry and government leaders, to be involved in the process. Multiple opportunities were provided for stakeholders to learn about the research and education activities revolving around ME. The department continues to connect with and learn from its constituents, appreciates the devoted loyalty of benefactors, and enthusiastically encourages ME advocates forthcoming.