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Combine creativity with math, science, and engineering

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Design new and better systems, components, and processes

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Apply the latest software to solve engineering problems

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Understand the social and economic impacts of engineering

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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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Did you know?

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.

Student working in a lab

Summer of Research

Student follows liquid metal flow to build a better battery

Meghan Patrick ’18 has spent her summer studying the use of liquid metal batteries on a scale large enough to power entire cities in conjunction with solar and wind power. Patrick is helping the lab figure out where to place ultrasound probes that can capture detailed measurements of how fluids flow in those batteries and how that affects their performance.

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Extra Horsepower

Hands-on learning with an all-terrain vehicle

Each year, the Baja-SAE team races an ATV in competition against other universities. The students devote months to not only designing and building a vehicle, but also generating support from outside sponsors and managing their educational priorities.

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out 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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