Chair’s Message

Dr. Tim Ameel

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah! With 27 regular faculty, 16 full-time research faculty, and 13 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 approximately 817 undergraduate students and 218 (121 MS, 97 PhD) graduate students annually.

The mission of the undergraduate program is to foster the technical, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary for students to contribute to the engineering profession and to the well being of society. Our undergraduate program contains several unique features. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on experiences, such as team-based projects, in all four years. Laboratories accompany the majority of classes.

A novel freshman/sophomore curriculum integrates traditional subjects in an active learning model that includes year-long projects, labs, and continual reinforcement of the fundamentals. The third year mechatronics sequence integrates mechanics, electronics, and programming into robotic systems. This two-semester sequence culminates with an exciting robotics competition each spring. The fourth-year capstone design courses allow students to apply their knowledge to real world projects that result in useful hardware to solve topical problems.

The graduate program has an extensive course list that complements the research mission. Since 2006, over 24 new courses have been added to the graduate curriculum in areas of growing demand such as robotics, composite materials, sustainability, and micro/nanoscale systems. Both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered.

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

I hope you find the Department’s web site informative. Whether you are a prospective student or parent, an alum, or just an interested party, I encourage you to visit the campus, meet our dedicated students, faculty, and staff, and tour our state-of-the art labs. We wish to share with you our exciting and dynamic program. Please feel free to contact us regarding questions you may have related to our degree programs, curriculum, or research.

Dr. Tim Ameel
Professor and Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering