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We train leaders who change the world.

Michigan mechanical engineers don’t just react to society’s needs. They innovate; they lead. They set the agenda and guide the conversation. We prepare students to make an impact in the world, through a robust curriculum, meaningful research opportunities and rich design experiences.

We solve problems others can’t…

Our strategic research directions put us out in front of leading-edge technologies – including bio- and health systems, emerging manufacturing, energy and environment, and future transportation – and give our faculty and students the tools to shape science and impact society.

…in ways others won’t.

At Michigan, you’re in excellent company. With a well-supported culture of collaboration and 100 graduate programs that rank in the Top 10, the University gives you access to world-class experts in almost any discipline you can imagine. We are interdisciplinary to our core.

Mechanical engineering’s past and future

Broad and versatile, Michigan mechanical engineering dates back some 150 years, and we have been at the heart of the field since its earliest days. The tradition of robust, rigorous engineering that put the world on wheels now drives emerging technologies like automated vehicles and robotics, cellular biomechanics, energy storage materials, and nanomanufacturing. We’re at the forefront of what’s next.

2022-2027 U-M Mechanical Engineering Department Strategic Plan

cover of the ME Strategic planBeginning in 2019, the U-M Mechanical Engineering Department held survey, research, and development phases to create a 5-year strategic plan for departmental success. Completed over the Summer of 2022, the plan’s overarching commitments to research, operations, and education have culminated in our five strategic directions. Learn more about our strategic directions and their actionable goals in our Strategic Plan Executive Summary.