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..

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William W. Predebon

William W. Predebon

PhD, Engineering Mechanics, Iowa State University

Contact

906-487-2551
wwpredeb@mtu.edu

Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Dr. Predebon's research includes mechanical behavior, characterization and processing of ceramics, shock deformation including microstructural effects and dynamic fracture of metals and ceramics, impact phenomena, computer simulation of wave phenomena, explosive-metal interaction and fragmentation. His research usually involves experimental, analytical, and computational elements.

Dr. Predebon's research in mechanical behavior and processing of alumina . . .

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Charles D. Van Karsen

Charles D. Van Karsen

MSME, University of Cincinnati

Contact

906-487-2159
cdvankar@mtu.edu

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Professor Van Karsen has been a member of the Michigan Tech Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics since August 1987. Prior to that he had a twelve year career as a practicing engineer in the Machine Tool, Automotive, and Software industries.

He specializes in Experimental Vibro-Acoustics, NVH, and Structural Dynamics. His research . . .

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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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