Teaching and research are linked–the skills and technology utilized in research projects are transferred to students in the classrooms and laboratories.

UA’s Department of Mechanical Engineering conducts research projects worth several million dollars annually. Faculty and their students are conducting research in areas that include:

  • Acoustics
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Additive repair
  • Additive friction stir
  • Biomechanics
  • Combustion
  • Computer-aided automation
  • Computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer
  • Dynamic systems and control
  • Fatigue and fracture mechanics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat transfer
  • High strain rate mechanics
  • HVAC
  • Internal combustion engines
  • Materials processing and characterization
  • Mechatronics
  • Renewable & sustainable energy
  • Robotics
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Structural mechanics
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Vibrations

Specialized Research Units

The Department of Mechanical Engineering also directs two specialized research units: