The UT Austin Department of Mechanical Engineering’s reputation for excellence, multidisciplinary research and community of world-renowned faculty leaders make it one of the world’s best mechanical engineering departments. We’re inventors of life-changing technologies (the lithium-ion battery and selective laser sintering, to name a few) dedicated to teaching the next generation of visionary engineers.  

Faculty Distinctions 

With 48 endowed chairs, professorships and fellowships, our prestigious faculty comprises members of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors, and National Academy of Science with awards including the Japan Prize, Draper Prize, and National Medal of Science. Additional honors and distinctions include: 

17 NSF CAREER Award Recipients
12 ASME Fellows
3 Fellows of the American Acoustics Society
2 Fellows of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2 Fellows of the Electrochemical Society
2 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
2 Fellows of the American Nuclear Society
2 Fellows of the American Physical Society
1 Fellow of the Materials Research Society
1 Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
1 Fellow of the American Society of Biomechanics

Research Highlights 

Multi-Investigator Funded Projects: 

  • ŸNanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies (NASCENT) A nationally renowned, NSF-funded center with multiple partner universities, NASCENT creates versatile, reliable nanomanufacturing systems through research, education and industrial partnerships.
  • ŸDepartment of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) With $7.5 million awarded to identify new materials that possess ultrahigh phonon thermal conductivity using advanced computational tools, mechanical engineering professor and principal investigator Li Shi will lead research with five partnering institutions.
  • Battery500 Research Consortium Multi-institutional consortium including Arumugam Manthiram of the University of Texas at Austin as its chief scientist, to help lead a new five-year, $50 million Department of Energy funded initiative to advance battery technology in electric cars.

Central Resources for Research:

  • ŸInstitute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) Comprised of 10 centers and six research groups, ICES supports diverse research concentrations, from electromagnetics and acoustics to subsurface modeling.
  • ŸMicroelectronics Research Center (MRC) MRC is a multidisciplinary, NSF-funded center that develops new device and integrated circuit structures, compound semiconductor material optics and photonics.
  • ŸTexas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) TACC enables researcher analysis and discovery by designing and building powerful advanced computing technologies, facilitating more than 3,000 projects annually.
  • ŸTexas Materials Institute (TMI) TMI operates the Materials Science and Engineering graduate program, and promotes multidisciplinary research in materials science and engineering.
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