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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

Power!! Unlimited Power!!

Judging from her receipt of the 2022 Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award, Alison Christopherson ‘20, now a staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will be making major contributions to the quest of achieving “Power!! Unlimited Power” through Inertial Confinement Fusion.

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In what they deem a “wildly theoretical” paper, Rochester researchers imagine covering an asteroid in a flexible, mesh bag made of ultralight and high-strength carbon nanofibers as the key to creating human cities in space. (University of Rochester illustration / Michael Osadciw)

Feature Research

Cities on asteroids? It could work—in theory

A popular science fiction idea in TV shows like Amazon’s The Expanse, Rochester scientists are using physics and engineering principles to show how asteroids could be future viable space habitats.

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Mechanical engineering professor Chris Muir supervises students as they work with an arbor press in Taylor Hall.

Faculty Honors

Chris Muir receives Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Designing career paths for future mechanical engineers—the engineering professor draws from his vast experiences in the workplace to teach problem-solving mindsets.

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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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