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 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).
  • Our department is 12th in MSME degrees awarded, 9th in MSME enrollment, 42nd in PhD degrees awarded, and 32nd in PhD enrollment (latest ASEE data).
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) ranks the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics 22nd in research expenditures with $13.981 million among all Mechanical Engineering Departments in the U.S.
  • Our undergraduate program is currently 14th in the U.S. in BSME degrees awarded and 9th in enrollment (latest ASEE data). We have been in the top 17 in this category for the past 31 consecutive years.
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Tech is proud to have been selected as the first mechanical engineering program in the Peace Corps Masters International Program.
  • The Keweenaw Research Center and the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering at Michigan Tech will host the 2015 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) during March 2-7 and have hosted it for the last 12 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