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About the Department

Dear Students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering,
All of our classes will be taught through remote access till the end of the semester. The department is fully prepared for this. We will make sure that the material of all classes is fully covered, and your studies remain a meaningful experience.
You have already received or will soon receive detailed information from your instructors. For all classes, lectures will be recorded and posted on Canvas. Instructors will hold virtual office hours though Canvas or other means. All instructors will be available through email and other means they may select. 
Some adjustments are, of course, inevitable. This, in particular, concerns labs and projects. In some labs, the hands-on component will be replaced by recorded demos. Alternative assignments will be introduced in others. The projects will be adjusted to avoid the need of coming to campus and face-to-face interaction between the team members. You will hear details from the course instructors.
The situation is evolving. Further adjustments will be necessary as we learn what works and what doesn't. If you have any problems, concerns, or suggestions on how to improve things, please email the ME department chair, Dr. Oleg Zikanov at zikanov@umich.edu

 

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.
  • 2019: The D.Eng. in Automotive Systems and Mobility begins.

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

A scanning electron microscope reveals the tiny tardigrade's squishy physique. Credit: Vicky Madden and Bob Goldstein, UNC Chapel Hill
A scanning electron microscope reveals the tiny tardigrade's squishy physique. Credit: Vicky Madden and Bob Goldstein, UNC Chapel Hill
A scanning electron microscope reveals the tiny tardigrade's squishy physique. Credit: Vicky Madden and Bob Goldstein, UNC Chapel Hill

A Link between Nature and Engineering - Medical Applications of the Tardigrade

“As an engineer, I have great respect for nature — there really is no better designer. Living things are extremely complex organic machines that got optimized in such a beautiful way over a long period of time. Tardigrades seem to have harnessed nature’s way of preserving cells."

Dr. Nilay Chakraborty has been working towards improving the process of cell preservation, which has not seen a drastic shift in the last 40 years. The tardigrade is a microscopic organism that is able to use compounds within its body to transform its cells into a glasslike suspended state to protect from hazardous conditions, before turning back to normal when it is safe. Harnessing this method of cellular preservation would greatly improve our capabilities to preserve cells without the very high toxicity levels of current cryogenic preservation.

To these ends, Dr. Chakraborty began first using compounds such as those in the tardigrade along with conventional cryogenic technology to achieve the same levels of cell preservation while cutting down on the toxic side effects. But more recently his focus is on moving away from the expensive and hazardous limitations of cryogenics. He has had early success in experiments coating cells with compounds similar to the tardigrade's, leaving them in a similar state of suspension. When the layering was removed, the cells returned to normal functioning. These advancements are still in an early stage, but early results seem to be very promising for practical applications in the future.

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Open Faculty Positions

The Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications for these tenure-track faculty positions:

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
nanoMAG

Songnian Li
Sr PD Engineer II
Terumo Cardiovascular Group

Jan Stegemann, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of Michigan

Fangjing Wang, PhD
Senior scientist
Allergan

Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board

Partha Datta, PhD
Head of Vehicle Integration and Validation
FCA USA LLC

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
Yazaki

Jim Sheng
TARDEC

Harry Stansell
Manager - FosGen Strategy & Special Projects 
DTE Energy

Eric Tseng
Ford Motor Company 
 

Mechanical Engineering

1340
Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex (HPEC)
Phone: 
313-593-5241
Fax: 
313-593-3851
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