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Room-temperature superconductor? Rochester lab sets new record toward long-sought goal

University physical scientists synthesize new superconducting material, developing a process that may help ‘break down barriers and open the door to many potential applications.’

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Apply the latest software to solve engineering problems

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Funding & Awards

Professor Askari wins NSF Quantum Leap grant

August 28, 2019

Advancements in computational power over the past fifty years have mostly relied on shrinking the si ...

Professor Shang wins DOE/NNSA grant to study dynamics of high energy density materials

August 20, 2019

An ongoing challenge in high energy density science is obtaining detailed description ...

Two faculty recognized by DOE as exceptional researchers

August 12, 2019

Two University of Rochester faculty members–Hussein Aluie and Ellen Matson–have been nam ...

Tithof wins major award, defers professorship a year

May 30, 2019

Jeff Tithof is having a very good spring. 

Optical equipment in the lab of Andrea Pickel (inset), assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

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Getting to the bottom of a ‘hot’ debate about plasmonic catalysis

Hundreds of everyday products are produced with chemical reactions that are accelerated by the addition of materials called catalysts. Traditional catalysis works most efficiently at extremely high temperatures.

The lab of Andrea Pickel will ‘read’ the temperature of a single nanoparticle to help determine whether plasmonic catalysis represents just another way to heat up a catalytic reaction or is a fundamentally different way to accelerate a reaction – without adding heat.

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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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