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Combine creativity with math, science, and engineering

What is Mechanical Engineering?
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Design new and better systems, components, and processes

Research Opportunities
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Apply the latest software to solve engineering problems

Our Research


Notice to Prospective Graduate Students

Due to the pandemic’s impact on GRE tests, we will waive the GRE requirement this year for all applicants. Applicants can still choose to submit scores if they wish.

Major & Minor

Pursue a degree or take courses in mechanical engineering.

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Graduate Studies

Graduate work leading to degrees in mechanical engineering and in materials science.

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ME Research

Research includes biomechanics, fusion, materials science, machining, and more.

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Feature Story

Will hearing aids ever be as effective as corrective eyewear?

Despite recent advances in hearing aid technology, users frequently complain that the devices tend to amplify all the sounds around them. Rochester researcher Jong-Noon Nam believes a key part of the answer to this problem lies inside the cochlea of the inner ear.

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Molecular model of multiphase H2O (Blue: Ice VI and Red: Ice HDA) designed by Ali K. Shargh.

Feature Research

Two eyes better than one in verifying unique phase of ice

Researchers from six institutions, including Niaz Abdolrahim, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Rochester, and Ali Shargh, a PhD student in her lab, raise several flags of caution about a new approach to imaging biological samples.

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14out of over 100

The department was ranked 14th in publications per faculty and 8th in citations per publication, according to a 2010 study by the National Research Council.


There are approximately 200 undergraduate students (50 per graduating class) and 22 faculty members in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Rochester.

Why MECHe?

All of our mechanical engineering students apply the latest software to problems in the mechanics of solids and fluids, materials science, mechanical systems, and advanced power applications. They also have broad hands-on laboratory and design experience. We offer research opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students.

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Want more information about the Department of Mechanical Engineering? Contact us.