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.
Prof. Scott Sanders and his graduate research assistants are working to better inform the public on proper use of face coverings and masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This timely video posted on YouTube illustrates differences in face covering/mask performance based on the mask quality, design, and use. READ THE STORY
In this image, blood flow is visualized in the aorta and main pulmonary veins using velocity streamlines derived from 4D flow MRI. READ THE STORY
photo credit: UW Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.
We are working with Madison-area manufacturers, the design consulting firm Delve, and campus colleagues on a product to help meet urgent and growing demand for medical face shields—which are key pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients. READ THE STORY
Photo courtesy of Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Lab (Makerspace) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduate student Stephen Sakai uses an instrument in the Engine Research Center at UW-Madison to measure the filtration efficiency of different candidate materials for hospital-grade face masks. READ THE STORY
Associate Professor Christian Franck (on right) and his PhD student Harry Cramer prepare an experiment to deliver a concussive impact to a network of cells in a dish. The experiment simulates the kind of injury and cell damage that people experience with a concussion. READ THE STORY
photo credit: Kristen Koenig
Earn your degree
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.