October 9, 2018
To further his fundamental research into solid oxide fuel cells and other high-temperature electrochemical energy systems, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Professor Min Hwan Lee its prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The grant brings the... Read More
October 9, 2018
To further his fundamental research into solid oxide fuel cells and other high-temperature electrochemical energy systems, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Professor Min Hwan Lee its prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The grant brings the campus’s total to... Read More
September 11, 2018
We welcome Dr. Brandon Stark, the MESA Lab's former Founding Manager and Ph.D. student, as the afffiliate faculty member of Mechnical Engineering Dept. of School of Engineering, UC Merced. He teaches regularly ME143 Unmanned Aerial Systems. His full time job remains... Read More
September 4, 2018
Just because a design works once doesn’t mean that the research and development is done. That’s why, Professor Sarah Kurtz argues in a new commentary in the prestigious journal Nature Energy , it’s important to do the quality assurance science that shows why products sometimes don’t work. “If... Read More
August 31, 2018
  Soheil Fatehiboroujeni, a graduate student of Mechanical Engineering in Dr. Sachin Goyal's group, won the MSNDC Best Student Paper Award in the ASME IDETC (International Design Engineering Technical Conferences) 2018 at Quebec City, Canada on August 28.   Soheil also... Read More
August 4, 2018
  ME Graduate Students from Dr. Ala Qattawi's group attended 2018 NAMRC/MSEC Conference, which was supported by the ME Travel Fellowship.    
May 22, 2018
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) named Professor Ala Qattawi one of this year’s Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers. “I am honored to receive this award,” Qattawi said. “It recognizes the work we do here at UC Merced and its importance to the manufacturing sciences.” Qattawi was... Read More
May 15, 2018
UC Merced’s exuberant spring graduates got the chance to demonstrate their gratitude during the 13th Spring Commencement ceremonies this weekend as many of them paused to thank the faculty members and loved ones who helped them through their college journeys. During the two ceremonies, UC Merced... Read More
May 4, 2018
ME PhD student, Soheil Fatehiboroujeni, was selected for UC Merced'sCarol Tomlinson-Keasey Award.The recipient is of this award is selected by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs office and recognized for their leadership qualities through actions consistent with the university principles of... Read More
May 2, 2018
  Our Mechanical Engineering Graduate group had a wonderful BBQ party at the lake under the sunshine!
May 1, 2018
At the 14th annual UC Merced Leadership Awards, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty advisors and student organizations were celebrated Hollywood style — complete with cameras, lights and a “red carpet” entrance — for their service to the campus community and beyond. “Those receiving awards... Read More
April 18, 2018
    An inspiring story about UC Merced's engineering lab was published at the One Bold Idea. Click the link here   "When UC Merced opened its doors in 2005, it was the first research university of the 21st century. It's now fast becoming the unsung face of... Read More
April 17, 2018
  Two ME faculty members were acknowledged by the Senate for their excellent service and teaching. Prof. YangQuan Chen received the Senate Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has energetically and creatively applied his or her... Read More
April 13, 2018
Michelle Len, fourth year PhD student in ME, placed second in the campus-wide GradSlam event. Michelle is the first grad student from Mechanical Engineering to place in this competition!
March 20, 2018
For the first time, UC Merced’s doctoral programs in the sciences have been ranked among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of Best Graduate Schools. The School of Engineering celebrated its third appearance in the rankings, and this year marks UC... Read More
November 18, 2017
  Ala Qattawi, an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, receives prestigeous Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from SME.    Since 1980, the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award has recognized manufacturing engineers, age 35 or younger, who... Read More
November 18, 2017
  Prof. Michael Modest, a Professor in Mechanical Engineering, was recently honored in the 2017 Honors Assembly in the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (Tampa, Florida, November 3 - 9, 2017).   Prof. Modest, an ASME Fellow, was honored "For pioneering... Read More
October 30, 2017
Zach Petrek, a second-year doctoral student in chemistry and chemical biology, can usually be found running experiments in the laboratory of his advisor, Professor Tao Ye. But this summer, he did something different — he went to NASA. Petrek was one of seven UC Merced students to intern at NASA... Read More
The LEED Lab is a multidisciplinary
May 1, 2017
UC Merced’s Classroom and Office Building (COB) has achieved a silver rating from the LEED Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) sustainability program, the campus’s first certification to come from the LEED Lab Engineering Service Learning class. “This is the first of many LEED projects on... Read More
April 27, 2017
MACES, the Merced nAnomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing, held its second annual open house on April 19, showcasing student research and highlighting the center’s connection to NASA. The daylong event kicked off with remarks from MACES Director and Professor Jennifer Lu, who shared her vision... Read More
March 21, 2017
Researchers at UC Solar have developed and tested an innovative solar thermal-powered process for turning the pomace, or byproduct, of vegetable and fruit processing into reusable products, potentially lowering food-processing plant costs and reducing their carbon footprints. With collaborators at... Read More
March 17, 2017
Two startup companies run by UC Merced alumni have taken big steps toward the kind of success many entrepreneurs can only hope for. St. Vincent’s Solutions, which makes a humidifying respirator for premature babies, and Sweep Energy, which makes energy-monitoring devices for production facilities... Read More
March 14, 2017
At just 12 years old, the graduate programs at the University of California, Merced, are already among the best in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Graduate Schools rankings. UC Merced’s School of Engineering made its second appearance in the graduate school... Read More
March 13, 2017
As agriculture and food production achieve greater high-tech heights and resources such as water become more scarce, the country will increasingly depend on innovative solutions from its brightest minds. A new initiative at UC Merced aims to poise today’s students at the leading edge of the nexus... Read More
March 7, 2017
One of California’s greatest energy challenges is finding innovative ways to lower natural gas consumption to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. To help meet that challenge, a new solar energy system that produces both heat and electricity might not be far away... Read More
February 6, 2017
In recent publications, Professor Vincent Tung proves that inspiration for advancements in materials science can come from anywhere — even the merging of raindrops on a windshield or the sheeting of red wine down the inside of a glass. Through those liquid movements, Tung discovered and optimized a... Read More
January 26, 2017
The magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has named UC Merced Professor Ala Qattawi an Emerging Scholar of the Year in its first issue of 2017. Qattawi, with the School of Engineering, is the first woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in automotive engineering, and the only automotive... Read More
December 22, 2016
  Tiebiao Zhao, a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering was recently awarded with 2016-17 Yara North America Almond Fellowship equivalent to a total of $15,000.   The prestigious Yara North America Almond Fellowship is intended to support UC Merced Ph.D. students. Ideally the... Read More
December 14, 2016
A nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is helping University of California researchers refine collaborative robotic technology that could change the way crops are maintained worldwide, saving millions of gallons of water each year and taking precision agriculture... Read More
October 26, 2016
Students often expect that in classes, there will always be a right answer. Multilayered engineering problems with uncertain outcomes are a challenge for any student, but especially for first-generation learners who don’t have backgrounds or role models in engineering. That’s why mechanical... Read More
October 17, 2016
Current and prospective graduate students now have the option to earn degrees in mechanical engineering, after the UC system and the WASC Senior College and University Commission recently granted accreditation for both master’s and doctoral degrees. Mechanical engineering students at UC Merced... Read More
October 17, 2016
Current and prospective graduate students now have the option to earn degrees in mechanical engineering, after the UC system and the WASC Senior College and University Commission recently granted accreditation for both master’s and doctoral degrees. The University of California... Read More
September 26, 2016
Two UC Merced advanced doctoral students had the rare opportunity to perfect their research pitch techniques in front of major industry executives this summer and won third place in a national competition for their work. Left to right: Shelly Hu, BASF mentor Dr. Svetlana Dimovski, and Uma... Read More
September 21, 2016
  ME faculty member Sachin Goyal and his graduate student researcher Soheil Fatehiboroujeni helped promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the Merced county this summer. They presented workshops in the TEAM-E[1] initiative coordinated by Merced... Read More
September 19, 2016
Three UC Merced researchers are connecting eye-tracking hardware with a robotic exoskeletal arm to further understand the mind-body connection and, someday, to help people with disabilities have better use of their limbs. A National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant and... Read More
September 8, 2016
  ME graduate program is recently awarded a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The project entitled "Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs to Train Hispanic Students for Future... Read More
September 7, 2016
UC Merced Professor Gerardo Diaz is developing solar-powered water heating technology that could reduce the demand for natural gas in businesses and homes and lower the costs for business and homeowners. Soon he’ll be putting that technology to the test in Southern California. Through a nearly $1... Read More
August 31, 2016
A team of UC Merced engineering students — plus one from a nearby state university and two from a local high school — made progress this summer on prototypes of portable machines for diagnosing diseases while enhancing the breadth of their education at the same time. Mentored by Professor Anand... Read More
August 8, 2016
Faculty members from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Mechanical Engineering groups are forming the newest research center at UC Merced, seeking the best ways to conduct high-performance computing. With a hardware donation from the NVIDIA... Read More
August 3, 2016
When she began her journey at UC Merced, Sheena Truong had the future planned out. She’d graduate, go to dental school and become an orthodontist. But Merced had more to offer — and in a roundabout way, it became her destination. In her third year at UC Merced, Truong realized that meeting the... Read More
July 27, 2016
One of the most stunning sights in Yosemite National Park has nothing to do with granite. It’s the night sky, Milky Way and all. But light pollution within the park can diminish that experience for visitors as well as change the circadian rhythms of flora and fauna. UC Merced graduate student... Read More
June 29, 2016
Researchers at UC Merced are making a big deal out of a piece of equipment that lets them look at really tiny things. And they should — the new Zeiss Gemini SEM 500 scanning electron microscope is the first of its kind installed in the United States. “It’s the latest model in Zeiss’ well-... Read More
May 29, 2016
UC Merced's Academic Senate recently honored the recipients of its 2015-16 Senate Awards. This year, two ME faculty were selected as winners, Drs. Chuang and Martini. Dr. Ashlie Martini received the Senate Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching/Mentorship that recognizes individual... Read More
May 2, 2016
A proposal to conduct high-performance computing across science and engineering disciplines has won UC Merced and Professor Christine Isborn a research computing cluster that will be used for a variety of projects across campus. UC Merced professor Christine Isborn Each year,... Read More
April 29, 2016
Derek Brigham, Jonny Nguyen and Marek Abarca are working in Professor Abel Chuang’s engineering lab. The trio is working with researcher and UC Merced alumnus Felipe Mojica to develop a solar-powered regenerative fuel cell charging system. The charging system integrates four key components of... Read More
April 25, 2016
Last fall, the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Undergraduate Education launched an internship program with the goal of providing undergraduate students an opportunity to build experience and skills related to their career ambitions and to integrate them with their academic learning.... Read More
April 19, 2016
UC Merced has been chosen to take the lead in determining how drones should be used and regulated across the University of California system, officials announced Monday. School of Engineering doctoral student Brandon Stark has been pegged to serve as director of the newly formed Center of... Read More
March 28, 2016
Researchers from the UC Merced Mechatronics, Embedded Systems and Automation (MESA) Lab and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) recently tested JPL miniature methane gas sensor similar to one developed for use on Mars, on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). A team conducted the tests... Read More
January 20, 2016
The federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recognized this year’s team of UC Merced engineering students for its design of a device that cools high-powered electronics aboard military aircraft. In the yearlong Field-Reversible Thermal Conductor (RevCon) Challenge, hosted by DARPA... Read More
January 5, 2016
A small team of undergraduate students from UC Merced is gaining major exposure in a global competition to design portions of what could be the next big innovation in transportation. Elon Musk, the billionaire inventor and co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors, has envisioned a “hyperloop” in... Read More
December 18, 2015
More than 70 people learned about the research and education opportunities offered by UC Merced’s new Merced nAnomaterials Center of Energy and Sensing (MACES) during an open house Dec. 4. MACES, established earlier this year with a $5 million grant from NASA, is intended to benefit current and... Read More
November 18, 2015
Professor Ashlie Martini is one of only a few university researchers in the country who work on tribology — the study of friction, lubrication and wear. Her work and her willingness to develop partnerships has led to a pilot program with the Chevron Products Company that will allow three... Read More
November 16, 2015
Two overlapping research projects involving UC Merced professors could have big implications for the region’s economy and effects on renewable energy, water and wildfires. Professor Gerardo Diaz, with the School of Engineering, received nearly $900,000 through two grants: one... Read More
November 16, 2015
Two overlapping research projects involving UC Merced professors could have big implications for the region’s economy and effects on renewable energy, water and wildfires. Professor Gerardo Diaz, with the School of Engineering, received nearly $900,000 through two grants: one from the California... Read More
November 12, 2015
Professor Ashlie Martini is one of only a few university researchers in the country who work on tribology — the study of friction, lubrication and wear. Her work and her willingness to develop partnerships has led to a pilot program with the Chevron Products Company that will... Read More
November 12, 2015
Professor Ashlie Martini is one of only a few university researchers in the country who work on tribology — the study of friction, lubrication and wear. Her work and her willingness to develop partnerships has led to a pilot program with the Chevron Products Company that will allow three... Read More
October 16, 2015
Rebecca Quinte is a mechanical engineer who is learning to apply her skills and knowledge in unexpected ways, and that could end up benefitting farmers in the Central Valley and beyond. The UC Merced undergraduate student is working with Professor Andrea Joyce on a project that aims to shoo away... Read More
September 4, 2015
In UC Merced’s first 10 years, the once-fledgling campus has gone from a few buildings near a cow pasture to about 1 million square feet of classrooms, research laboratories, offices and student housing. The campus is behind on its initial projections for enrollment, which were affected by... Read More
September 2, 2015
Professor YangQuan Chen has many reasons to be proud of his Mechatronics, Embedded Systems and Automation Lab. Besides being extremely popular – so popular the lab has to turn away applicants – the lab now has nine Federal Aviation Administration certificates to fly unmanned aerial... Read More
July 13, 2015
The summer might mean an extended break for some in the campus community, but UC Merced researchers are busier than ever. Whether here or abroad, many professors and students are taking advantage of the time off to pursue important research projects.  Below are a few examples from the... Read More
June 22, 2015
Working together to study friction on the atomic scale, researchers at UC Merced and the University of Pennsylvania have conducted the first atomic-scale experiments and simulations of friction at overlapping speeds. In “Dynamics of Atomic Stick-Slip Friction... Read More
June 16, 2015
NASA has awarded a group of researchers at the University of California, Merced, $5 million to establish the campus’s largest extramurally funded research and education center to date, designed to benefit current and future students and contribute to NASA’s missions. School of... Read More
February 25, 2015
Members of the campus and community are invited to learn more about UC Merced research — including work on sustainability, psychology and antibiotic resistance — during the university’s eighth annual Research Week, presented by the Office of Research and Economic Development.... Read More
December 22, 2014
Research into sustainable water supplies and viable solar energy solutions won the University of California, Merced, an anticipated $5 million in prestigious and competitive grants from the University of California. UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) awards will go... Read More
October 28, 2014
Zhijiang Ye, a student who works in the lab of Ashlie Martini, was just awarded the Northern California STLE (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers) Section Research Scholarship in the amount of $3,000. Read more.
October 18, 2014
Two University of California, Merced, students – Viridiana Murillo and Alexandro Perez-Tovar – won first prize in their divisions at the recent Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference in San Antonio, Texas.... Read More
October 9, 2014
The University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) has hired two UC Cooperative Extension specialists who will be based at UC Merced. Karina Diaz-Rios, specialist for nutrition, family and consumer sciences, joined ANR on Sept. 2. Tapan Pathak,... Read More
September 29, 2014
The School of Engineering has hired four faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year, two of whom are mechanical engineers. The faculty hires reflect areas of rapid enrollment growth, greatest potential for interdisciplinary collaboration, research potential and other factors aligned with the... Read More
July 14, 2014
Other UC campuses have drone research programs, but UC Merced might be the only one with two certificates of authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration, allowing students to fly autonomous, unmanned systems at higher altitudes and, possibly, in locations they... Read More
June 1, 2014
Mechanical engineering students Xiaoli Hu and Hongyu Gao have both won awards this spring. Hu took first place in the student poster competition at the annual meeting of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers in May. In April, Gao received the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding... Read More
November 4, 2013
YangQuan Chen's Mechtronics, Embedded Systems and Automation Laboratory (MESA Lab) is the featured cover story in the inaugural issue of UC Merced Magazine, a glossy publication produced by University Communications in the fall and spring. The feature story, written by professional journalist... Read More
March 30, 2013
People don’t often think of deformation as a good thing. But when it comes to biofilaments – such as strands of DNA – it’s not only good, it’s necessary for the biofilament to complete its functions. When biofilaments twist, twine, bend or loop in the ways that... Read More
September 25, 2012
A $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation will support a five-year investigation by University of California, Merced, researchers into environmental changes in marine lakes, including why some species adapt while others go extinct. The grant also is helping spread... Read More
February 7, 2012
Professor Ashlie Martini was looking for the chance to make a difference when she took a post at UC Merced. Martini, now a professor in the UC Merced School of Engineering, was most recently a faculty member at Purdue University, home to about 40,000 students. But she wanted to work at a... Read More

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Graduate Funding:
Phone: (209) 228-4622
Mailing Address:
University of California, Merced
ATTN: Graduate Division
5200 N. Lake Road, Ste KL 227
Merced, CA 95343


The first new American research
university in the 21st century, with a
mission of research, teaching and service.
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
T: (209) 228-4400
University of California
Go to top