Mechanical Engineering: A Tradition of Excellence

Our graduate program is ranked 53rd nationally among the 177 (top 30%) doctoral granting Mechanical Engineering Departments in the U.S. by the 2016 U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Graduate Schools.

Our department ranks eighth nationally in Master of Science Mechanical Engineering degrees awarded, 11th in MSME enrollment, 30th in PhD degrees awarded, and 26th in PhD enrollment.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) ranks Michigan Tech mechanical engineering programs 19th in US research expenditures among all national mechanical engineering programs, with funding totaling $13.094 million.

Our undergraduate program ranks eighth nationally in enrollment and remains—as it has for the past 32 years—in the top 23 in Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degrees awarded. Source: latest American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) data

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Mahdi Shahbakhti

Mahdi Shahbakhti

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada

Contact

906-487-3405
mahdish@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Dr. Shahbakhti joined MTU in August of 2012. Prior to this appointment, he was a post-doctoral scholar for two years in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He worked in the automotive industry for 3.5 years on R&D of powertrain management systems for gasoline and natural gas . . .

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Rush D. Robinett Faculty

Rush D. Robinett III

Ph.D. Texas A&M University 1987

Contact

(906) 487-1493
rdrobine@mtu.edu

The Richard and Elizabeth Henes Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Robinett specializes in nonlinear control and optimal system design of energy, robotics, and aerospace systems.  Of particular interest in the energy arena is the distributed, decentralized nonlinear control and optimization of networked microgrids with up to 100% penetration of transient renewable energy sources (i.e., photovoltaics and wind turbines).  At 100% . . .

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William W. Predebon

William W. Predebon

PhD, Engineering Mechanics, Iowa State University

Contact

906-487-2551
wwpredeb@mtu.edu

Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Dr. Predebon's research includes mechanical behavior, characterization and processing of ceramics, shock deformation including microstructural effects and dynamic fracture of metals and ceramics, impact phenomena, computer simulation of wave phenomena, explosive-metal interaction and fragmentation. His research usually involves experimental, analytical, and computational elements. Dr. Predebon's research in mechanical behavior and processing of . . .

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