Built on a long tradition of excellence, the School of Mechanical Engineering has become synonymous with accomplishment and leadership in engineering education and engineering research. Seventy-four faculty members are dedicated to educating over 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students, and to maintaining and developing world-class research programs. These research programs complement our educational mission, address the evolving needs of industry and society, and contribute to economic and social development.

View of the Mechanical Engineering building

The School of Mechanical Engineering is organized into the following areas:

  • Acoustics and Noise Control
  • Bioengineering
  • Computational Engineering
  • Combustion, Energy Utilization and Thermodynamics
  • Design
  • Fluid Mechanics and Propulsion
  • Heat Transfer
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Manufacturing and Materials Processing
  • Mechanics and Vibration
  • Nanotechnology
  • Robotics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Systems, Measurement & Control

The School's extensive facilities include two major satellite research laboratories, the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories and the Zucrow Laboratories (formerly the Thermal Sciences and Propulsion Center), and over 30 additional instructional and research laboratories. In addition, the School is supported by a comprehensive computing environment, libraries and technical services.

Photo:  Anil Bajaj, HeadThe mission of the undergraduate curriculum is to prepare its graduates to embark on professional engineering careers as educated, responsible citizens , who have both the motivation and ability for lifelong personal and professional growth. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in basic engineering principles while at the same time expanding student reasoning, communication and problem solving skills. To round out the undergraduate educational experience, students are encouraged to join one or more of the engineering student organizations.

The School's graduate program is one of the oldest and most distinguished in the United States. Through the years, the School has acquired an international reputation for excellence in its wide-ranging curriculum and diverse research activities. The School offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy.

One of the School's most valued resource is our alumni. For over a century, Purdue's Mechanical Engineering alumni have made significant contributions in industry, education and government. It is our alumni who are the ultimate creators and guardians of Purdue's Mechanical Engineering reputation.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the School of Mechanical Engineering's home page and encourage you to visit campus to meet the dedicated faculty and students and tour our state-of-the art facilities.