Future Graduate Students


Department Chair Welcome

With 38 regular faculty, 5 full-time research faculty, and 15 staff members, the department is committed to educating tomorrow’s engineering leaders and producing leading edge research. The Department has experienced significant growth over the last decade – we are now educating over 1,000 undergraduate students and 245 (110 MS, 135 PhD) graduate students annually.

The graduate program has an extensive course list that complements the research mission. In addition to the standard graduate classes, the department has classes areas of growing demand such as composite materials, sustainability, experimental methods, ergonomics, wearable robotics, additive manufacturing, and micro/nanoscale systems. Both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered.

Our faculty members conduct a wide variety of innovative research. Thematic areas of research excellence include micro/nanoscale devices and heat transfer, sustainability, environmental fluid dynamics, biomechanics, computational mechanics, composite materials, ergonomics and safety, microfluidic systems, tribology, advanced manufacturing, and robotics. These research activities complement our educational mission, address the everchanging needs of industry and society, and contribute to the economic and social development of Utah and the nation.

The Department moved into the newly renovated Rio Tinto Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building during the summer of 2015. This 80,000 sqft building includes faculty and staff offices, clean labs, a 47-seat computer lab, a 187-seat lecture hall, conference rooms, meeting areas, a student advising center, a tutoring center, student group meeting rooms, and a café. The building is designed to encourage informal student-faculty interactions through its many gathering spaces. Construction started in December 2020 on an addition that will add another 15 research labs, graduate student spaces, teaching labs, and meeting areas. The entire department will then be housed in a state-of-the-art space.

Come join us as we embark on world-leading research that makes a difference in people’s lives.

Dr. Bruce Gale
Professor and Chair