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Combine creativity with math, science, and engineering

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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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.

Jeff Tithof at his computer, displaying measurements of the brain’s glymphatic “waste removal” system.

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Tithof wins major award, defers professorship a year

Jeff Tithof is having a very good spring.

The postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering just received a prestigious $500,000 Career award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences.

And he’s been appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota.

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Suman Kumar '19.

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Engineering an international career path

Suman Kumar ’19 has attended a half dozen international development conferences, met Nobel laureates, rebuilt two schools destroyed by earthquakes in Nepal, and still managed to complete a rigorous curriculum in mechanical engineering.

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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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