Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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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Youngchul Ra

Youngchul Ra

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999

Contact

906-487-2385
yra@mtu.edu

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Dr. Youngchul Ra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan technological University. He received his Ph.D. (1999) in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Seoul National University. With background in both experimental and numerical research,

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Ye Sun

Ye Sun

Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Contact

906-487-2249
yes@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Dr. Ye Sun is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University. She received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2014. Her research is an interdisciplinary resort that integrates engineering innovation with human health and human behaviors.

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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).

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