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The Mechanical & Materials Engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering, as well as MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Process Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering. The department  has more than 40 faculty members with diverse expertise. Both our research expenditures and graduate student population have been growing steadily and substantially. The research strengths in the department include Thermal sciences, Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials, Biomechanics and Medical Devices, Additive Manufacturing and Printed Electronics, Photonics and Optomechanics, Sensors and metrology, Metals Processing, Batteries and Electrochemistry, and Solar Cell Materials. We encourage you to engage with our faculty to learn more about our dynamic department.


Students in WPI’s Mechanical & Materials 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.


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


The Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department is proud of its 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.

Degrees & Certificates

Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD
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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

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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.

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Tessa Lytle '23

BS/MS Mechanical Engineering

Tessa’s college career, both on and off the skating rink, has provided her many opportunities to get involved and make an impact. 

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Shamsur S.

Junior, BS in Mechanical Engineering

Shamsur traveled to the Albania Project Center to complete his IQP, which was focused on mapping the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Albania. He and his team of three other WPI students researched how entrepreneurs in Albania’s capital, Tirana, build new ventures, overcome challenges, and identify resources and support needed from various organizations. The students conducted interviews with entrepreneurs and different organizations to help their sponsor learn how to help facilitate and grow entrepreneurship activity in Albania. The team also created a website that provides information about events and services that would help entrepreneurs.