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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

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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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Exciting news at LLE

August 26, 2021

A burst of energy that lasted 100 trillionths of a second has reverberated far and near– and w ...

Professor Aluie Wins NSF Award for Probing the Ocean's Multiscale Pathways

August 2, 2021

The project utilizes a somewhat novel ‘coarse-graining’ approach to analyze multiscale i ...

Professor Dias Wins NSF CAREER Award for Warm Quantum Materials: Harnessing Exotic Quantum Properties at High Temperatures

March 1, 2021

The primary goal of this project is to synthesize novel hydrogen rich, room temperature or above roo ...

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 ...

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University of Rochester assistant professor of mechanical engineering and physics and astronomy Ranga Dias holds an array containing diamond anvil cells used to compress and alter the properties of hydrogen rich materials.

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Grant supports Rochester professor’s quest for superconductivity

The Moore Foundation award will also help Ranga Dias recruit other US scientists to join the quest to create viable superconducting materials.

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Exciting news at LLE

A burst of energy that lasted 100 trillionths of a second has reverberated far and near—and was especially good news for our scientists at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

On August 8, 2021, an experiment at the National Ignition Facility put researchers at the threshold of fusion ignition, achieving a yield of more than 1.3 megajoules—an 8X improvement over experiments conducted in spring 2021 and a 25X increase over NIF’s 2018 record yield. (Photo Credit: John Jett, LLNL)

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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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