Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Mechanical Engineering: A Tradition of Excellence

Our graduate program is ranked 53rd nationally among the 177 (top 30%) doctoral granting Mechanical Engineering Departments in the U.S. by the 2016 U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Graduate Schools.

Our department ranks eighth nationally in Master of Science Mechanical Engineering degrees awarded, 11th in MSME enrollment, 30th in PhD degrees awarded, and 26th in PhD enrollment.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) ranks Michigan Tech mechanical engineering programs 19th in US research expenditures among all national mechanical engineering programs, with funding totaling $13.094 million.

Our undergraduate program ranks eighth nationally in enrollment and remains—as it has for the past 32 years—in the top 23 in Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degrees awarded. Source: latest American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) data

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John Gershenson

John K. Gershenson

PhD, University of Idaho



Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Dr. Gershenson performs research in the area of life-cycle engineering.  Specific research interests include: life-cycle design, environmentally conscious design, design for manufacturability, decision-based design, modular product design, industrial ecology, agile manufacturing processes, design for post-manufacturing issues, lean manufacturing, and lean product

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John Beard

John E. Beard

PhD, Purdue University



Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Dr. Beard's research interests include design for manufacturing in two areas. He is investigating the influence of manufacturing variation on the response of planar and three-dimensional mechanisms. He has examined the influence of design parameters on the wear rates of gerotor types, and has developed a pump that demonstrates

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Mahdi Shahbakhti

Mahdi Shahbakhti

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada



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

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