Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is the application of the principles of physics in the analysis, design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is one of the broadest engineering disciplines and has one of the longest histories. In mechanical engineering, students will develop a solid understanding of core concepts including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics and energy. Those concepts will be used to design and analyze motor vehicles, aircraft, heating and cooling systems, watercraft, manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, robotics, medical devices, alternative energy solutions and more.

Research and Education Programs

Department Chair: Jayathi Murthy

Main office: ETC, Room 5.208

Phone: 512-471-0796

Meet Our Faculty

Harovel Wheat

Photo of Wheat, Harovel

Dr. Wheat works in Materials with specific interests in Corrosion of Structural Materials; Environmental Degradation of Composite Materials; Corrosion of Steel-reinforced Concrete; Smart coatings; Corrosion Issues associated with Clean Energy Generation;.

Affiliated Research Centers

Texas Materials Institute (TMI)

The Texas Materials Institute serves as a “virtual” department that guides the destiny of materials science and engineering at UT.  It aims to conduct research in the areas of energy materials, nanomaterials, structural materials, electronic, magnetic and optical materials, and polymers and biomaterials.

Undergraduate Degree Plans and Requirements

Fitting all of the required courses into four years can be challenging. Use a degree plan that's specific to your major to help map your courses and be successful.

Download all 2010-12 and 2012-14 degree plans online.

At a Glance

  • 10 U.S. News & World Report ranking of ME's undergraduate program.
  • 10 U.S. News & World Report ranking of ME's graduate program.
  • $66k The average starting salary for a mechanical engineer is $66,615.