Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Mechanical Engineering: A Tradition of Excellence

Our graduate program is ranked 51st nationally among the 177 (top 29%) doctoral granting Mechanical Engineering Departments in the U.S. by the 2017 U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Graduate Schools (ranked in 2016).

Our department is 10th in Master of Science Mechanical Engineering degrees awarded, 6th in MSME enrollment, 30th in PhD degrees awarded, and 30th in PhD enrollment in the US. Source: 2015 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) data.

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 is currently 20th in the US in Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degrees awarded and 7th in enrollment. We have been in the top 23 in BSME degrees awarded for the past 33 consecutive years. Source: 2015 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) data.

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Fernando Ponta

Fernando Ponta

Postdoctoral, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Contact

906-487-3563
flponta@mtu.edu

Richard & Elizabeth Henes Professor in Wind Energy

Fernando Ponta, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University, earned his engineering degree and PhD at the University of Buenos Aires. Before coming to Michigan Tech in 2007, he was for three years a Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Illinois

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Craig Friedrich

Craig Friedrich

PhD, Oklahoma State University

Contact

906-487-1922
craig@mtu.edu

Richard & Bonnie Robbins Chair, Professor, Associate Chair and
Director of Graduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Craig Friedrich is the Robbins Professor of Sustainable Manufacturing and has been on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics for twenty years, after serving on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University for ten years. He serves as Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the

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Kazuya Tajiri

Kazuya Tajiri

PhD, Pennsylvania State University

Contact

906-487-2675
ktajiri@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Dr. Kazuya Tajiri earned his Bachelor degree from the University of Tokyo, and Master of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in the field of turbulent combustion simulation. After three years of fuel cell research at Nissan Motors in Japan, he returned to the U.S. to continue Ph.D.

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