Mechanical Engineering

Department Head

Professor Baki Cetegen


Chiu, Choi, Faghri, Gao, Huang, Jordan, Kazerounian, Olgac, Renfro, Sun, Sung, Tang, and Zhang

Associate Professors

Bzymek, Cao, Fan, Ilies, Lu, Pasaogullari

Assistant Professors

Chen, Lee, Lykotrafitis, Norato, Pettes, Pierce, Ren, Tasoglu, 

Professor in Residence


Associate Professor in Residence


Assistant Professor in Residence

Lee, Stagon, Giblin

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers study leading to the degree of Master of Science (Plans A and B) and Doctor of Philosophy in mechanical engineering. It also cooperates with other departments to provide doctoral study in other areas (see “Applied Mechanics,” “Biomedical Engineering,” and “Fluid Dynamics”). Non-degree students may register for courses in the Department of Mechanical Engineering with the approval of the department head. Financial support in the form of graduate teaching or research assistantships is offered to our top full-time graduate students on a competitive basis.

Masters and Doctoral Programs

Students working toward the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering may choose, in consultation with their advisory committee, from a wide selection of courses in this and other departments. Doctoral students are required to take a qualifying examination early in the program. Guidelines for course selection and the department’s requirements for the Masters and Ph.D. degrees are explained in the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Handbook, <http://www.engr.>.

The research and course offerings in the Systems and Mechanics area focus on new applications of the fundamental principles in the areas such as mechanics of materials, mechanical system dynamics and control, fuel cells, nonlinear dynamics and vibration, stability, automation, computer-aided design, kinematics, manufacturing, optimization, and nano structured materials and coatings.

The research and course offerings in the Thermofluids area include classical and statistical theories of thermodynamics, studies of conduction, convection, and radiation, compressible flow, advanced fluid dynamics, turbulence, multiphase heat transfer and fluid flow, and combustion. Engineering applications of the fundamental principles to many systems, processes, and devices, such as gas turbines, thermal manufacturing, fuel cells, micro- and nanoscale systems, and combustion, are treated.

For the latest on the faculty profiles and the research activities, visit the Department’s website,


The laboratories of the Department of Mechanical Engineering are equipped with several major facilities as well as ancillary equipment. A list of Mechanical Engineering laboratories and facilities may be found at the Department website, <>.

Leave a Reply