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Welcome to Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering. We build on our long tradition of excellence to be the leading mechanical engineering program in partnership with our students, alums, industry and government. Consistently ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report, the School of Mechanical Engineering has continually been at the forefront of providing the most respected engineering education in the world and research results of profound impact. Seventy-four faculty members are dedicated to educating over 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students, and to maintaining and developing world-class research programs.

Our graduates are known worldwide for their work ethic and creativity in problem solving. Our more than 17,000 living mechanical engineering alumni is among the largest, if not the largest, groups of alumni in the world. One factor in the success of a Purdue ME education has been our ability to stay ahead of the world in delivering an advanced educational experience consistent with the ever-changing needs of the ME profession, be it in industry, government, or graduate school. A key ingredient has been our legacy of a very rich laboratory (experiential learning) environment. A rich environment of inquiry and discovery is fostered by the faculty and furthered by the students, and the top talent comes to or remains at Purdue because of the excitement associated with high-impact, cutting edge research programs. 

Anil K. Bajaj, William E. and Florence Perry Head & Alpha Jamison Professor of Mechanical Engineering