Purdue ME is Number 3

Purdue University has the #3 mechanical engineering program in the country over the last five years, according to the world's most comprehensive scholarly analytics platform, ScholarGPS.

“This is an outstanding achievement for our school,” said Eckhard Groll, William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of Mechanical Engineering and Reilly Professor of Mechanical Engineering. “We are always striving to deliver the best educational experience in the country, and it’s gratifying to see that recognized by outside organizations.”

ScholarGPS includes detailed information pertaining to 30 million individual scholars at 55,000 institutions worldwide. They use machine learning algorithms and statistical analysis to offer unbiased, quantitative evaluation of academic institutions. According to their analysis, Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering is ranked #11 in the world, #7 in the United States lifetime, and #3 in the last five years — surpassing Stanford, Michigan, and UC Berkeley.

For many years, U.S. News and World Report has served as the de facto standard for university rankings. Purdue has achieved a fair amount of success in the U.S. News lists; both graduate and undergraduate Mechanical Engineering programs have been ranked in the top 10 for more than 30 years running. Purdue ME’s Online Master’s has been ranked #1 in all five years of that particular ranking. But Groll is encouraged to see similar results from a diversity of objective sources.

“Ranking our colleagues at these great universities is an impossible task,” he said. “There are many nuances and layers to each program. For years we’ve relied solely on the U.S. News and World Report rankings, but it’s great that we now have many alternatives to help people make these decisions.”

Highly Ranked Scholars

Beyond ranking institutions, ScholarGPS also quantifies the work of individual researchers. The most cited and significant individuals in their fields are highlighted as Highly Ranked Scholars. Purdue Mechanical Engineering faculty are well-represented in these lists:

ScholarGPS also recognizes the lifetime contributions of Purdue ME faculty who have passed away. Monika Ivantysynova, the founder of Maha Labs, is the #1 scholar lifetime in the field of fluid power. Ray Viskanta, the #4 scholar lifetime in the field of heat transfer, taught at Purdue for 39 years.

“I am so proud of my colleagues in the Purdue ME faculty,” Groll said. “They undertake world-changing research every day, and this analysis shows how crucial their work is to the foundations of science worldwide — and more specifically to our students, alumni, and industry partners at Purdue.”

Many Metrics

The larger institution of Purdue University also has appeared in increasing numbers of rankings and lists from outside organizations. Here is a sampling from the past year:


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Writer: Jared Pike, jaredpike@purdue.edu, 765-496-0374