Welcome to UD's Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines giving students a wide range of opportunities. With a degree in mechanical engineering, you can find work in many industries such as aerospace, automotive, biomedical engineering, consulting, manufacturing, petroleum engineering, structural engineering, or thermal and mechanical design. Because mechanical engineers have such broad exposure to fundamental engineering science and design, they are also frequently drawn into business, finance or law.

Our graduates are prepared to face the challenges they will encounter – no matter which path they choose.

  • Our undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and is flexible and responsive to students’ needs.
  • Undergraduate students are encouraged to work directly with faculty in state-of-the-art research projects.
  • In Senior Design, students work in groups of four with a local company, solving design problems for their company sponsor.
  • The Department’s graduate research program is recognized internationally and includes many cross-disciplinary interests. Specific areas of research focus include:

The Department hosts the Center for Fuel Cells and Batteries and the Center for Biomechanical Engineering Research. We also have strong ties with several strategic campus-wide institutions such as the Center for Composite Materials, the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration, the Delaware Energy Institute, the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, and the Delaware Environmental Institute. Campus-wide initiatives in advanced manufacturing include the establishment of two National Networks for Manufacturing Innovation, RAPID and NIIMBL. All centers and institutes offer opportunities for collaborative research.

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Gregory Chirikjian

Department Chair

Biomechanical Engineering

Be a leader in solving biomechanical problems. The human body is a mechanical system that contains fluid flow, structural mechanics and evolving components—all central concepts in mechanical engineering.

Clean Energy and Environment

Develop new, clean and sustainable energy sources through novel energy conversion techniques, alternative energy storage methods and fuel-efficient vehicles, among other traditional methods of energy conversion.

Clean Environment

Reduce pollution through understanding transport and transformation of pollutants using mechanical engineering fundamentals such as fluid mechanics.


Link fundamental science to engineering solutions by identifying human needs and leveraging science to create new products that can shape a better world.


Understand how materials respond, then use this information to optimally design everything from airplanes to artificial joint replacements using composite and advanced materials, nanotechnology and creative ingenuity.

Robotics & Control

Construct sophisticated robotic devices that, via advanced control systems, help humans in a multitude of situations, such as manufacturing plants, rescue squads, military operations and rehabilitation devices.

Find out more about our research

Exploring nearly every aspect of modern mechanical engineering, our faculty and students are making bold steps towards new technologies and better solutions to contemporary problems. With an annual budget of 6.5 million dollars, we are constantly striving to expand our knowledge of the world around us.
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