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About ME

The Department

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering, part of the College of Science and Engineering, serving the state and nation as a leading center of education, research, and innovation. At latest count, the department has 44 active faculty, 56 staff members, 311 graduate students, 74 postdoctoral associates, research associates and visitors, and about 560 undergraduate students.





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The University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering Department was founded in 1889, but mechanical engineering courses were offered at the U as early as 1872. Since then, ME has grown to a thriving department with 40+ faculty members and 800+ students and multiple groundbreaking milestones under its belt. Read about what happened in between.