Mechanical Engineering

About the Department

One of four departments in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers accredited and nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Automotive Systems Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. Our curriculum offers comprehensive and rigorous education rich in design, research, and interdisciplinary opportunities leading to successful careers in industry, government, higher education, and non-profit organizations both in southeast Michigan and worldwide.

Our Fields of Study

MSE in Automotive and Mobility Systems Engineering

We're delighted to announce exciting news about the MSE in Automotive Systems Engineering program. After serving students and industry partners for over 25 years, the program has been reborn with a new name and in a completely fresh format. The MSE in Automotive and Mobility Systems Engineering will welcome its first students in the Fall of 2023.

The new program curriculum has been designed by a team of faculty members with the input of industry advisors and alumni to keep pace with the rapidly evolving automotive and mobility industry. The program offers a broad interdisciplinary education in technology and the opportunity to delve deeper into one of the following areas of concentration, which will be reflected on students' diplomas:

  • Vehicle Powertrain and Performance

  • Vehicle Design and Manufacturing

  • Vehicle Electrification

  • Intelligent Vehicle Systems.

Additionally, new courses covering topics such as electrified and autonomous vehicles and sustainable vehicle technology have been added, and many existing courses have been updated to reflect recent technological advancements.

The program can be completed through a variety of learning options: fully on-campus via late afternoon or evening classes, fully online, or as a combination of both. Tuition remains competitively low. Students will be taught by expert PhD faculty from the entire College of Engineering and Computer Science as well as leading industry professionals. They will have access to state-of-the-art teaching facilities in the new Engineering Laboratory Building in addition to research and teaching laboratory resources, including a driver simulator, an engine dyno, a laboratory for electric battery manufacturing and control, embedded systems, cybersecurity, and scaled autonomous vehicles, among others.


Being located in the heart of Michigan's automotive industry, with strong connections to top national and international companies and a well-established reputation among employers, the program offers its students access to exceptional internship and career advancement opportunities. 


The current MSE in Automotive Systems Engineering program will no longer admit students effective Fall 2023. Those already admitted for Fall 2023 will be moved to the new program, while current students will either complete the original program or be given the option to change programs based on their progress towards the degree. More information is available on the program page.


Department Staff

Oleg Zikanov

Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering

Rebekah Awood

Graduate Programs Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering

Sherry Boyd

Administrative Assistant, Mechanical Engineering, and Graduate Programs Coordinator, Automotive Systems Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

Nicole Engel

ME Administrative Assistant Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Horia Marcu

Administrative Assistant Associate

Advisory Boards

The ME department continually seeks outside interactions with business, industries, and government through its Industrial Advisory Boards. Our advisory boards are composed of industry professionals who provide input on curriculum, potential employment for students, research opportunities for faculty, and a perspective on future challenges requiring collaboration. 

Mechanical Engineering

2000 - Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-593-5241
Fax: 313-593-9967