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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering students show off their senior design projects

About the Department

Degrees offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

Faculty: 15 tenured/tenure track and 2 lecturers

Students: 736

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Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is a growing program that boasts outstanding faculty with strong commitment to research, education and outreach programs.

We specialize in areas from renewable energy to nanotechnology, and we're committed to giving our students an education that makes them competitive in a wide range of settings. Our students graduate with an understanding of mechanical design as well as an ability to translate and share that knowledge in multidisciplinary, real-world settings.

Academic offerings

At both the undergraduate and graduate level, our students learn to develop experimental and design projects independently.  Hands-on, active courses are a key part of our curriculum, and our undergraduate students start drafting and building projects in their first semester. By the senior year, they are ready to develop their own, marketable design project in our capstone class.

Our graduate program provides research-intensive training and mentorship. Graduate students work closely with faculty to develop independent research projects that  contribute to the advancement and spread of knowledge in our field.

To learn more about our programs, please visit the degree listings page.

Research specialties

Our nationally recognized faculty include seven American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellows, a distinction that honors outstanding engineering accomplishments.  Our junior faculty have also been recognized for their promising research programs by national organizations such as the National Science Foundation and Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Our faculty focus on three broad research areas:

  1. Solid mechanics and materials
  2. Thermal, fluids and renewable energy
  3. Systems and dynamics

A number of faculty conduct research on topics related to renewable energy, health care technologies and nanotechnology. For more information on faculty research projects, please visit the department's faculty listings.

Contact Information

Interim Department Chair: Miles Greiner
Graduate Program Director: Henry Fu
Phone: (775) 784-6931
Fax: (775) 784-1701


Palmer Engineering (PE) Room 200

Mailing Address

Department of Mechanical Engineering, M/S 312
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

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