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Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering, WPI’s oldest and largest department, continues to attract renowned faculty and top students because what we do here is remarkable. The department’s resources allow for diverse research and exploration that give faculty and students opportunities to directly impact areas of most concern to them.

In a collaborative and challenging environment, students and faculty work together on projects and research that form the foundation of our commitment to learning while doing. Faculty help students explore and choose the academic path that matches their interests, and then students dig deeper with transformative projects and independent research. From their first courses here, students sharpen their critical thinking skills and put their problem-solving abilities to real use—giving them a distinct career advantage.

For degrees, research, and facilities in Manufacturing Engineering (MFE), Materials Process Engineering (MPE), and Materials Science and Engineering (MTE), please visit the individual program websites. The Mechanical Engineering department consists of three programs:

Research

Students in WPI’s mechanical engineering department have many choices for projects and research including those in aeronautics, astronautics, biomechanical engineering, mechanics, manufacturing, materials science and engineering, mechanical design, robotics, and thermal-fluid engineering.

Education

The Mechanical Engineering department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in four programs: Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Process Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering.The Mechanical Engineering department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in four programs: Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Process Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering.

People

The Mechanical Engineering Department is proud of our world-class faculty members that teach, lead research, and bring a spirit of vibrant innovation and collaboration to our campus.

Career Development

With the varied skills and problem-solving capabilities of a mechanical engineering education, graduates find careers in industries from aerospace to academia to automotive. Our graduates find their project-based work gives them the hands-on experience needed to hit the ground running after graduation.

Announcements

WPI alumnus Steve Rusckowski

Alumni Making an Impact

Stephen Rusckowski '79, chairman, CEO, and president of Quest Diagnostics (and WPI trustee), is one of many WPI alumni helping the nation--and the world--respond to COVID-19. He received his WPI undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.

Meet Our Students

Matthew L.

Matthew L.

Junior, BS in Mechanical Engineering; BS in Physics

Matthew's team, made up of six students with majors ranging from mechanical engineering to interactive media and game development, worked together to assess the feasibility of Bar Harbor becoming an International Dark Sky Community (IDSC). He and his team compared the ordinances of the town to the mandatory requirements for an IDSC, created a map of businesses that were dark-sky friendly, and gathered information on the current status of the night sky, allowing future teams to help work with the town to continue the process of making Bar Harbor an IDSC.