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

Student Leadership Award Winners!

UM-Dearborn Student Awards

Yesterday, we celebrated the annual Student Leadership Awards at UM-Dearborn! These awards recognize our students' dedication and hard work, who exemplify the best in leadership on campus. This year, we are fortunate to have three students from the Mechanical Engineering Department as winners. Join us in celebrating these outstanding individuals and student organizations who are making a difference at UM-Dearborn. Together, we are shaping the future of our campus and beyond.

Here is the list of our winners:
Regina Marie Arriola - Distinguished Student Leader Award
Zoie Mink - Bridge Builder and Campus Connector Award
Barbara P. - Unsung Hero Award

Also, we want to congrats the Society of Women Engineers UM-Dearborn for the Outstanding Student Organization Award.

View the complete list of winners.

Introducing Dr. Aditya Raghunandan

Aditya Raghunandan
Dr. Aditya Raghunandan

Please welcome Mechanical Engineering’s newest faculty member, Dr. Aditya Raghunandan!

Dr. Aditya Raghunandan (Adi) received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), studying the interfacial hydrodynamics and rheology of biomolecular surfactant films. His postdoctoral research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester focused on discovering the role of brain fluid transport in aging and neurodegeneration. Dr. Raghunandan's research goals are to discover how fluid transport and interfacial interactions destabilize biomolecules (proteins), contributing to diseases like Alzheimer's (AD) and failures during the manufacturing of protein-based biotherapeutics. To that end, Dr. Raghunandan's lab will develop tissue/organ-on-a-chip models to study protein-misfolding diseases like AD, and use scaled-down experiments of biomanufacturing unit operations to predict the manufacturability of protein-based drug molecules. Dr. Raghunandan's research expertise includes biofluid dynamics and biotransport, microfluidics, rheology, protein chemistry, and cellular biology. Results of his research have been published in journals including eLife, Physical Review Letters, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physical Review Fluids, and Soft Matter (cover). He has also won the Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research. 

At our department, Dr. Raghunandan will continue his exceptionally successful research career and teach courses in bioengineering and mechanical engineering areas.


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