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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 seventh in the nation in the recently released 2010 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 nation-wide.
We have about 300 graduate students and 50 postdoctoral and research associates. Along with faculty advisors, students are conducting research to solve many of the world’s most pressing challenges in the areas of Energy, Human health, Environment, and Transportation. We offer both M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs in the traditional areas of mechanical engineering, including Design Manufacturing and Controls, Thermal, Fluid and Plasma Science, Nanotechnology, and Theory and Simulation.
The Department is home to a number of leading laboratories and centers including the NSF sponsored Engineering Research Center on Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, the Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory, the Particle Technology Laboratory , and the Solar Energy Laboratory.
Mechanical Engineering faculty members collaborate with researchers in the Medical School and the Carlson School of Management among others and partner with industry and government agencies. We also work with leading University-wide institutes including the Center for Transportation Studies, the Institute on the Environment , the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment , and the Medical Devices Center. In addition, we benefit from outstanding shared computational and characterization capabilities through the Supercomputing Institute for Advanced Computational Research, the College of Science and Engineering’s Characterization Facility, and the Nanofabrication Center.