Mechanical Engineering: A Tradition of Excellence

Our graduate program  is ranked 61st nationally among the 171 (top 36%) doctoral granting Mechanical Engineering Departments in the U.S. by the 2015 U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Graduate Schools (ranked in 2014).

The National Science Foundation ranks the Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics as 22nd in research expenditures with $13.981 million among all Mechanical Engineering Departments in the U.S..

Our department is 12th in MSME degrees awarded, 9th in MSME enrollment, 42nd in PhD degrees awarded, and 32nd in PhD enrollment (latest ASEE data).

Our undergraduate program is currently 14th in the U.S. in BSME degrees awarded and 9th in enrollment (latest ASEE data). We have been in the top 17 in this category for the past 31 consecutive years.

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Gordon G. Parker

Gordon G. Parker

PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo

Contact

906-487-1850
ggparker@mtu.edu

John & Cathi Drake Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Dr. Parker specializes in control system design and correlation of nonlinear dynamic models to experimental data. A key area of his research is the optimal control of microgrids with particular attention given to networked topologies. Closed loop control and real-time optimization for harmonizing use of available energy generation and storage . . .

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John Beard

John E. Beard

PhD, Purdue University

Contact

906-487-3110
jebeard@mtu.edu

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Dr. Beard's research interests include design for manufacturing in two areas. He is investigating the influence of manufacturing variation on the response of planar and three-dimensional mechanisms. He has examined the influence of design parameters on the wear rates of gerotor types, and has developed a pump that demonstrates the . . .

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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 vehicles. Some of . . .

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