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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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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Michele H. Miller

Michele H. Miller

PhD, North Carolina State University

Contact

906-487-3025
mhmiller@mtu.edu

Associate Professor, Associate Chair and Director of
Undergraduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Dr. Miller has used analytical and experimental methods to develop models for the grinding of brittle materials. The goal is to develop techniques that improve material removal rates for the machining of brittle materials. Specifically, she and her students have investigated vibration assisted grinding and water-jet assisted grinding, as well as . . .

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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 . . .