Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maine, where we provide our students a warm learning environment enriched by a group of dedicated faculty and staff.
We offer our undergraduate students an ABET accredited program leading to a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with an opportunity to select a Concentration in Aerospace Engineering. Our students can also pursue a minor in Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, Ocean and Marine Engineering and many more among a host of programs offered by the college of engineering and UMaine. A distinguishing feature of our program is its emphasis on hands-on engineering through capstone design experience and engagement in student teams, clubs, competitions, and organizations in mechanical engineering and beyond.
Our graduate students can pursue a master of science or a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering by advancing their knowledge through a rigorous academic program that combines specialized coursework with innovative research. Many of our graduate students are supported through research or teaching assistantships or fellowships while working side-by-side with our faculty in theoretical, computational, or experimental research endeavors.
In addition to educating our students, our faculty are actively pursuing exciting research in many areas, including renewable energy, robotics and biomimetics, advanced materials, fluid-structure-acoustic interaction, thermo-fluids, multiscale modeling, unmanned aerial vehicles, and design optimization under uncertainty. These scholarly pursuits are aimed at supporting the State of Maine and developing technology solutions to societal needs.
Although we are diversifying our approaches in response to the recent pandemic, our mission and goals have not changed. Through a combination of In Person, Hybrid, Remote, and Online approaches, we are planing to deliver our courses this fall to meet the needs of our students.
I invite you to explore our website to learn more about the exciting educational and research programs we have to offer our prospective students who wish to be known as UMaine Mechanical Engineer!
Richard C. Hill Professor and Department Chair