The PhD in Mechanical Engineering program at WPI allows you to advance your studies and contribute original research to your chosen focus. Our flexible, multidisciplinary curriculum and extensive industry connections let you pursue the most appropriate and tailored path to exceed your career goals and address the major engineering challenges of the 21st century.

Working alongside our world-renowned faculty and within a collaborative and supportive research environment, you’ll lead breakthrough research in areas like assistive technology, biomedical robots, digital manufacturing, electronics cooling, nanotechnology, holography, and medical imaging that can have life-changing results.

Mechanical Engineering student working in the lab


You can tailor WPI’s Mechanical Engineering PhD program to suit your professional and personal goals. After passing an admissions exam that determines your abilities in several areas, you’ll take courses or complete an independent study project in your field of interest while leading up to your dissertation research.                

Our many research centers offer the input of almost 100 members across several industries and offer rich opportunities for diverse projects. The cooperative atmosphere brings innovative research prospects with the support of both WPI and industry partners.


Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Raghvendra V. Cowlagi
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Autonomous vehicles – aircraft, cars, rovers, over- and underwater vehicles that can move in the real world by themselves without human pilotage – have gained immense importance not only due to the broad spectrum of their potential military and civilian applications, but also due to the concurrent development of sensor technology and embedded systems that enable the realization of true autonomy.

Yan Wang
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering

I am William Smith Foundation Dean's Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Here at WPI, my main responsibilities are teaching and research. I have taught Introduction to Materials Science, materials processing and materials for electrochemical energy system. I enjoy teaching and interacting with students because I like to impart my knowledge/experience to the students. At the same time, I can also absorb different knowledge and culture from the students.

Getting Involved

Getting Involved

Getting involved is part of what makes your WPI experience so remarkable. Mechanical engineering students form connections through student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pi Tau Sigma (the mechanical engineering honor society), Satellite Development Club, and Women in Robotics Engineering.

Students walking around the fountain in the springtime

After Graduation