Mechanical engineering was one of the original engineering disciplines when the Rice Institute opened in 1912. Today, mechanical engineering is one of the most popular majors at Rice and is second largest in the School of Engineering. Research in robotics, aeronautics and fluid mechanics, among other areas, demonstrates the breadth and excitement of mechanical engineering.
The dedicated faculty and staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering have an overriding goal of providing students with all the support and resources they need to be successful.
Research in Mechanical Engineering at Rice covers a variety of areas, including aeronautics, computational fluid dynamics, computational mechanics, heat transfer and fluid flow, robotics and medical systems, and more. Our graduate students delve into these areas in the labs and the classrooms.
The undergraduate program in mechanical engineering at Rice gives students many opportunities for hands-on engineering of real-world design challenges and opportunities for research while preparing them for lifelong learning with a rigorous program in science and engineering fundamentals.
Research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rice addresses important challenges on the personal, organizational and global scales. It includes fluid dynamics for environmental, geophysical, medical and space applications, the design of personalized treatments for movement disorders, robotics for rehabilitation and industrial applications, and dynamical systems.
From undergrads to postdocs, students spent their summer on the Rice University campus in a mechanical engineering program in Nonlinear Dynamics of Coupled Structures and Interfaces.
Call it retro-innovation. The astral tracker designed by Rice University’s Team Solar Lunar 2.0 suggests not cutting-edge breakthroughs but archaic technologies: the astrolabe, the orrery, even the sundial.
“Robotics and manufacturing are core to mechanical engineering. I want our department to contribute to this national initiative for robotics R&D, education and training.”
Justin Bernard loves mechanical engineering but he also has a passion for the theater.