Mechanical Engineering: A Tradition of Excellence

Our graduate program is ranked 49th in the nation among doctoral-granting mechanical engineering departments by the 2014 US News & World Report: America’s Best Graduate Schools.

The National Science Foundation ranks the Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics as 22nd for research expenditures among all mechanical engineering departments in the US.

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Amitabh Narain

Amitabh Narain

PhD, University of Minnesota

Contact

906-487-2555
narain@mtu.edu

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Narain’s current research interests are both experimental and theoretical/computational in nature and emphasize the area of phase-change flows – especially internal condensing and boiling flows.

Stable, repeatable, and predictable realizations of shear/pressure driven condensing and boiling flows are critical to the development of many high heat transfer rate applications (electronic-cooling, aircraft-based cooling, and . . .

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L. Brad King

L. Brad King

PhD, University of Michigan

Contact

906-487-2683
lbking@mtu.edu

Ron & Elaine Starr Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Dr. King is an experimentalist interested in studying electric space propulsion systems, including Hall-effect thrusters, ion engines, and arcjets. By utilizing strong electromagnetic forces to accelerate an ionized plasma propellant, electric thrusters take advantage of on-orbit solar power generation to enjoy significant fuel savings over traditional chemical rockets. King's research . . .

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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% penetration, the optimal design of energy storage systems is critical to the stability and performance of networked microgrids because all of the . . .