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About ME

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 Future Looks Bright

Department leadership undertook a strategic planning process that resulted in a roadmap to make ME stronger and more vibrant than ever. Here's what we're focusing on.

ME Strategic Plan: 2020-2025

Focusing on the Present

UMN ME is a unique department that offers educational and research opportunities from our cutting-edge robotics lab to learning fluid mechanics from the Mississippi River and beyond. Our faculty influence legislation, design medical devices for local hospitals, create autonomous snowplows for MnDOT, and more — impacting our local community while remaining a global leader in advancing mechanical engineering research.

Learning From the Past

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.