6. University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
The UMich mechanical engineering program has been at the forefront of the field for over 150 years and continues to lead the field in research and education. The department is sponsored by major agencies such as NIH, NSF, DoE, DoD and totals $38 million in annual research expenditures.
Through research opportunities, students gain fundamental technical knowledge and are able to work at the forefront of emerging disciplinary fields such as biomechanics, nanotech, and mechatronics. UMich uses its vast resources and research connections to “make the world work better” by transforming futures and improving lives throughout their community.
For example, a start-up company co-founded by department faculty uses autonomous robots for delivering food around Ann Arbor, delivering 4x more orders than pre-pandemic. In the lab, mechanical engineering researchers are developing portable negative pressure devices that protect healthcare workers.
5. University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
UC Berkeley’s central location in San Francisco places students and faculty right next door to Silicon Valley, one of the most exciting areas to work in mechanical engineering.
The highly capable faculty members in the mechanical engineering department are recognized nationally with Distinguished Teaching Awards, NSF CAREER awards, and National Academy of Engineering memberships.
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty and staff worked together to continue the level of hands-on experience that their program is known for through MicroKits that contain all the necessary materials for experimental-based classes.
Undergraduates are encouraged to apply their knowledge outside of the classroom through resources such as the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. The startup accelerator empowers innovators to change the world. For example, Berkeley mechanical engineering students used the resources provided by UC Berkeley to develop new digital stethoscopes, earning them a spot in TIME’s Best Inventions of the Year.
4. Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
With 3,000 students and 100 faculty members, mechanical engineering is the oldest department at Georgia Tech and one of the largest programs in the country. The size and resources of the school provide plenty of educational and research opportunities for students.
Georgia Tech’s mechanical engineering program is the leading producer of women and minority graduates in the United States. The department recognizes the importance of enhancing engagement of students from all backgrounds for a more diverse and successful group of mechanical engineers.
Students are given the freedom to prototype and explore new ideas through top of the line machinery and facilities. These Maker Spaces include an Invention Studio, Machining Mall, electronics and wood shops, and an IDEA Lab for students to flex their creative muscles.