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WPI mechanical and materials engineering work
WPI mechanical and materials engineering work
WPI mechanical and materials engineering work

With a collaborative approach and an interdisciplinary focus, WPI’s Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering continues to build upon its 150-year history of progressive and comprehensive undergraduate and graduate engineering education. The diverse expertise of the department’s more than 40 faculty members generate research and ideas that transform the way we evaluate and solve the biggest problems facing society today.

As a university focused on meaningful research with purpose, the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering’s research expenditures and graduate student population have increased substantially. Faculty and students work closely in our collaborative environment to advance WPI’s particular strengths in advanced manufacturing, energy, advanced materials, autonomous vehicles, space exploration, health and biotechnology, sensors and metrology, food and water, and engineering.

Degrees & Certificates

Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD
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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.

Research Spotlight

The Medical and Manufacturing Innovation Lab at WPI

Discover how Yiaho Zheng, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is using applied science, engineering, and technology to advance manufacturing in the healthcare industry.
Student Success Story

Matteo Cugno '22

Matteo Cugno ’22 enjoys the creative thrill of building something from scratch. Lately, Cugno has discovered a passion for building something entirely different—as an entrepreneur. He partnered with his best friend, Josh Kim, to cofound The Cubby, an art marketplace for college students to sell and showcase their work to the public. 

Alumni Making an Impact

Ryan McDevitt '03 and Matt Shea '03

Ryan McDevitt '03 and Matt Shea '03 grow a satellite propulsion business from seeds planted 20 years ago.

Stephen Rusckowski '79

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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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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Edward Flanagan ‘24

BS in Mechanical Engineering

For ROTC student Eddie, teamwork and interacting with a variety of people have made him a better student and athlete.  

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Luka Christianson ‘24

BS in Mechanical Engineering

Luka’s dedication to his studies, ROTC, and athletics has helped him develop his leadership and teamwork skills, both on and off the field.