With support from a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, Professor Sangkee Min will explore how the forces generated from cutting cause cracks in ceramic materials. Read more
Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering
Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We are among the top mechanical engineering programs in the nation, chosen by 850 undergraduates and 250 graduate students. The Mechanical Engineering faculty are researching solutions to important problems in energy efficiency and the environment, biomechanics, robotics, and other emerging technologies that advance our society. Our curriculum includes significant hands-on activities and produces some of the most qualified and respected engineers in the field.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is home to 34 faculty, 10 instructional staff, and 18 faculty affiliates. Our distinguished faculty are pushing the forefront of engineering technology and are leaders in their respective fields.
As an undergraduate working toward your bachelor’s degree, you learn the science and engineering principles of designing and building machines, structures, components, powertrains, pumps, compressors, turbines, engines, power plants, furnaces, refrigerators, air conditioners, and more. In addition to the formal classes, you can join exciting student project teams that build robots, human-powered vehicles, and experimental cars.
Graduate students benefit from a tier-one research university, working on pioneering research through grants from industry and government. Additionally, the department’s series of distinguished seminar speakers broadens exposure to current research endeavors in both academia and industry. Many of our graduates go on to academic careers as research or tenure track professors, while others will secure advanced positions in industrial and research institution careers.