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Mechanical Engineering

The graduate emphasis in Mechanical Engineering at UC Merced is dedicated to the education of a new generation of mechanicists and researchers in areas related to mechanical engineering who aim to master the fundamentals of the mechanical sciences — which include disciplines such as continuum mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, and energy conversion — while being exposed to state-of-the-art research techniques, methodologies and equipment to solve problems that are relevant to modern society like green energy, mechanical modeling and synthesis, robotics and mechatronics, control systems, and more.

Professor Ashli Martini and students
Fundamental Tribology
Thermal and Electrochemical Energy Laboratory
ME faculty members
Cutting-Edge Researchers
Our faculty members are recognized as leaders in their respective fields and are dedicated to advancing society through cutting-edge research and educating the next generation of mechanical engineers...
Sustainable Plasma Gasification
Professor Gerardo Diaz is researching clean and efficient methods of managing waste.
Mechatronics, Embedded Systems and Automation


If you are ready to pursue cutting-edge research in some of the most modern fields of mechanical engineering, now is the time to apply. We emphasize research and prepare students for leadership positions in industry, government, or academia. Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees with emphases in Mechanical Engineering are offered.



Our faculty are recognized as cutting-edge researchers and leaders in their respective fields, which encompass a wide range of mechanical engineering subfields. Using discovery, analysis, and innovation, they are deeply engaged in professional research and practice that aims to solve some of the most critical scientific and engineering challenges that affect the region, the nation, and the world.


Mechanical Engineering students at UC Merced regularly engage in innovative research that crosses disciplines. Our faculty and students actively seek to uncover new knowledge in a range of research topics including controls, fluid dynamics, thermal science, plasma engineering, heat transfer, design, tribology, mechatronics and energy conversion and storage.


The Mechanical Engineering graduate emphasis engages in individualized, research-based programs of study. ME faculty members strive to provide students with a comprehensive research experience based on the latest developments of the analytical, numerical and experimental tools available in the field.