University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Program

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota is one of the foremost graduate programs in the United States, serving the state and nation as a leading center of education, research, and innovation. Mechanical Engineering is one of thirteen departments in the College of Science and Engineering, which includes departments of mathematics, the physical sciences, and engineering. This structure is highly effective at fostering multidisciplinary research and education.

The Department’s graduate program ranked in the top ten in the nation in the most recent National Research Council (NRC) Assessment of Doctoral Research Programs. This ranking reflects the Department's place in the regression-based overall ranking of 127 mechanical engineering programs. Our Ph.D. graduates go on to positions in both academia and in industry.

The department is home to ~300 graduate students (~150 Ph.D. students and ~150 M.S. students) and ~30 postdoctoral research associates. Along with faculty advisors, students and post-docs are conducting research to solve many of the world’s most pressing challenges in the areas of Energy, Human Health, the Environment, and Transportation. We offer both Ph.D. and M.S. graduate programs in with foci in wide variety mechanical engineering sub-disciplines, including:

  • Biotransport, Biopreservation, & Biotechnology
  • Control Systems, Robotics, and Mechatronics
  • Combustion & Engines
  • Computational Physics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Fluid Power
  • Heat Transfer & Thermal Energy
  • Machine Design
  • Materials Science & Solid Mechanics
  • Medical Technologies & Devices
  • Multiphase Systems: Plasmas & Particulate Flows
  • Nanotechnology, Micro- Electromechanical Systems (MEMS)


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