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, and Automotive Systems 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.

  • History
    • 1959: UM-Dearborn's first students enroll in three degree programs, including Mechanical Engineering.
    • 1963: The Mechanical Engineering master's program begins.
    • 2011: The Bioengineering undergraduate program begins.
    • 2016: The Bioengineering master's program begins.
    • 2017: The PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering program begins.
    • 2017: The Automotive Systems Engineering master's program joins the department.

Learn more about our fields of study

  • Mechanical Engineering

    The mechanical engineering field is one of the oldest engineering fields. It is also one of the broadest in scope, for it is not restricted to any particular technology or particular device. Mechanical engineers understand the basic principles of statics and dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid flows, control, instrumentation, and other areas. Mechanical engineers know how to use these principles to design and manufacture technical systems.

    The field is continuously evolving with new technologies bringing new challenges, new knowledge, and new job opportunities. One example is the automobile. The automotive industry has always employed many mechanical engineers, but the work they do and the problems they solve now are completely different than what they were fifty or even twenty years ago. Another example is new methods of energy generation. Neither wind, nor solar, nor biomass energy would be possible without mechanical engineers.

  • Bioengineering

    Bioengineering (BENG) is a cross-disciplinary field in which the methods of various areas of engineering are applied to solve problems in medicine, biology, health care, and, in general, to improve the quality of human life. The expertise of a bioengineer combines knowledge of engineering principles with the understanding of living systems.

    Bioengineering is a rapidly growing profession with expanding career opportunities. Bioengineers work on medical and health care devices (artificial organs, imaging systems, surgery instruments and so on), medical procedures (such as rehabilitation), bio-processing technologies in pharmaceutical and other industries, and other biology-related problems (such as safety and ergonomics).

  • Automotive Systems Engineering

    The automotive engineering industry is currently in the process of fundamental change, probably the most significant one in its history. Electric and autonomous vehicles are the two most noticeable aspects of the change, but there are other rapid developments such as the use of lightweight materials, more efficient powertrains, intelligent control systems, better manufacturing techniques, and improved comfort and safety.

    The automotive engineering program is an interdisciplinary field that integrates the knowledge of other technical and non-technical disciplines. In addition to expertise in a specialized area, an automotive engineer must understand broader issues and have the skill of synthesizing diverse technical approaches into a system-wide solution.

News Flash

ME Faculty Awarded Two National Science Foundation MRI Awards

Faculty in the mechanical engineering department were recently awarded two Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) awards through the National Science Foundation (NSF). The new equipment will provide additional capabilities for advanced research in bioengineering and opportunities for collaboration among our faculty and students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Dr. Amanda Esquivel was awarded $265,097 to acquire a linear impactor system. Applying forces in a controlled, measurable manner in a laboratory setting to simulate impacts provides valuable information about injury mechanisms and the severity of injury caused by medium velocity bodily collisions. The knowledge generated will help to increase understanding of the behavior of hard and soft tissue injury, the relation of injury to loading rate and body acceleration, more accurate forensic analysis of injury, and the optimum methods to reduce the likelihood of injury for applications related to sports, falls, violence, and transportation crash.

Dr. Mathumai Kanapathipillai was awarded $198,401 to acquire a flow cytometer, an essential cellular research instrument that will substantially improve the quality and scope of bioengineering research at UM-Dearborn. The flow cytometer will enhance current research programs by providing physical and chemical characteristics of particle/cell suspensions, cell populations, expression of cellular biomarkers, protein aggregation, and nanoparticle toxicity effects. The device will aid research on nanotherapeutics to combat cancer, tumor dynamics, glaucoma, pancreatic islets microfluidics, and brain injury and infection, among others.

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. 

  • Bioengineering Advisory Board

    Subha Bhattacharyya, PhD
    Principal Engineer
    Medtronic PLC

    Mark Cheng, PhD
    Director, Nanofabrication Core
    Wayne State University

    Steve LeBeau

    Songnian Li
    Sr PD Engineer II
    Terumo Cardiovascular Group

    Jan Stegemann, PhD
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    University of Michigan

    Fangjing Wang, PhD
    Senior scientist

  • Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board

    Partha Datta, PhD
    Head of Vehicle Integration and Validation

    Taner Onsay, PhD
    Manager of Noise-Vibration-Harshness (NVH) Test, Development and Lab Operations
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

    Kelly Pietras
    Chief Engineer Hybrid Population
    General Motors

    Greg Roth
    Director of Automotive and Transportation Solutions
    Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc.

    Brian Schweitzer
    Chief Engineer: Electronics, Components, Instrumentation & Core Engineering

    Jim Sheng

    Harry Stansell
    Manager - FosGen Strategy & Special Projects 
    DTE Energy

    Eric Tseng
    Ford Motor Company 

Mechanical Engineering

Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex (HPEC)

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