The University of Texas at Austin

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

At a Glance

  • 8 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.

Department Chair: Jayathi Murthy

Main office: ETC, Room 5.208

Phone: 512-471-0796

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Meet Our Faculty

Wei Li

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Dr. Li works in Manufacturing and Design, Materials Processing with specific interests in Polymer nanofoam and nanocomposites, biomedical micro devices; 3D cell culture and drug discovery; Nanoporous materials; Manufacturing processes for alternate transportation energy.

Affiliated Research Centers

Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER)

The Center for Energy and Environmental Resources serves as the central liaison for energy and environmental research and public service at The University of Texas at Austin. It focuses on efficient and economical use of energy and on ensuring a cleaner environment by developing, in cooperation with industry, processes and technologies that minimize waste and conserve natural resources.


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.