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 Mechanical Engineering program is ranked 16 out of 272 ME programs nationwide by College Factual for 2019. This puts our ME program in the Top 10% of all ME programs in the United States.
  • Our Mechanical Engineering program is ranked 15th out of 269 ME programs nationwide by College Factual based on average early-career earnings and average mid-career earnings in 2018.
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Vision: Be a nationally recognized mechanical engineering department that attracts, rewards, and retains outstanding faculty, students, and staff.
  • Our GRADUATE PROGRAM is RANKED 59th nationally among the 179 (top 33%) doctoral granting Mechanical Engineering Departments in the U.S. by the 2019 U.S. News & World Report: Best Graduate Schools (ranked in 2018).
  • Our department is 6th in MSME degrees awarded, 10th in MSME enrollment, 23rd in PhD enrollment, and 33rd in PhD degrees awarded in the U. S. (2017 ASEE Data)
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) ranks Mechanical Engineering in RESEARCH EXPENDITURES at Michigan Tech 19th in FY2017 (latest rankings) with $15.278 Million among all Mechanical Engineering programs in the U.S.
  • Our UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM is currently 8th in enrollment and 27th in BSME degrees awarded in the U.S (2017 ASEE data). We have been in the top 27 in BSME degrees awarded for the past 35 consecutive years.
  • The Keweenaw Research Center and the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering at Michigan Tech will host the 2020 SAE CLEAN SNOWMOBILE CHALLENGE (CSC) on March 9-14, 2020 and have hosted it for the past 17 years. Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the CSC competition.

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
wwpredeb@mtu.edu