Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Department Profile

A Tradition of Excellence

Our commitment to our mission of hands-on education of our students, by world-class faculty, through innovative teaching, mentoring, and knowledge creation is evidenced by the following rankings:

  • Our graduate program is ranked 65th nationally among the 170 (top 38%) doctoral granting Mechanical Engineering Departments in the U.S. by the 2018 U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Graduate Schools (ranked in 2017).
  • 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 23rd in US research expenditures among all national mechanical engineering programs, with funding totaling $12.962 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.
  • The Keweenaw Research Center and the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering at Michigan Tech will host the 2018 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) during March 5-10, 2018, and have hosted it for the last 16 years.

Improving Quality of Life

Our society is becoming increasingly complex. We must provide more food, water, and energy for a rapidly growing population, and we must limit damage to the environment in the process. Mechanical engineering will play a key role in meeting these challenges. So can you.

As a mechanical engineer, you can make a difference in the world by using the latest technologies to help solve today’s grand challenges in

  • Health care
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • World hunger
  • Space exploration
  • Climate change
  • And more…

The Student Experience

Rigorous curricula, diverse disciplines, state-of-the-art laboratories, and faculty members who are world-class mentors, researchers, and teachers, and who maintain an open-door policy, will make your educational experience at Michigan Tech one-of-a-kind. Students benefit from

  • Hands-on learning in over 50,000 square feet of labs and computer centers, in the 13-story R. L. Smith Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Building.
  • Twenty-plus labs available to undergraduate students.
  • Thirty-three technical electives available to seniors.
  • Working on industry-sponsored, real-world design projects as part of the curriculum cornerstone, Senior Design.
  • Faculty attention in class—each and every course is taught by faculty.

Starting Your Career

Graduates from our department are known for their “hands-on ability,” or the capacity to hit the ground running. Our graduates have experienced a job placement rate above the national average: 92 percent over the last four years.

Once again, welcome to the ME-EM department. Michigan Tech is a great university—and one that I am very proud to be a part of.

*As reported by the American Society for Engineering Education for academic year 2009-10 

William W. Predebon, PhD
Professor and Chair