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What is Mechanical Engineering?

Design new and better systems, components, and processes

Research Opportunities

Apply the latest software to solve engineering problems

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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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Our students gain hands-on experience—and have a lot of fun—by joining the Baja SAE team, which annually builds an all-terrain vehicle that competes against more than 100 other university teams.

Our archaeology, technology and historical structures program integrates faculty, resources, and material from engineering and natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

Professor Riccardo Betti is recipient of the 2012 Department of Energy Distinguished Scientist Award and of the 2009 Edward Teller Medal from the American Nuclear Society.

Mira Bodek of the University of Rochester Human Powered Vehicle Challenge team at the start line of the women’s drag race during the E-Fest North ASME HPV Competition.

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Human powered vehicle offers ‘so many things’ in one project

Most of the competitive engineering design teams at the University of Rochester – Baja SAE and Solar Splash, for example – are full-fledged clubs that students can join as early as their first year on campus. The teams work all school year designing and manufacturing a new off-road vehicle or solar-power boat for spring competitions against other universities.

The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) team in the Department of Mechanical Engineering compresses all that work into three months or less.

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Ready to Cut Metal

Baja SAE students get experience in machine shop

“There’s a cohort of students who are very interested in manufacturing,” says Chris Muir, associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Count Marial Gutierrez '19 and Gilead Biggie '18 among them. The two mechanical engineering students are also team leaders for, respectively, usability design and drivetrain for the student Baja SAE organization – in which students design and build an off-road vehicle to compete against other universities.

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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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