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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Gordon G. Parker

Gordon G. Parker

PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo

Contact

906-487-1850
ggparker@mtu.edu

John & Cathi Drake Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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

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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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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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