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Welcome Prospective Graduate Students!

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Merced is dedicated to the education of a new generation of engineers and researchers in areas related to mechanical engineering 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, surface science, mechanical modeling and synthesis, robotics and mechatronics, control systems, and more.

ME faculty members
ME Faculty
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
This multi-disciplinary group researches a broad range of topics including unmanned aerial systems and UAV-personal remote sensing, mechatronics, and modeling and control of renewable energy systems...
Professor Ashli Martini and graduate student Azhar Vellore
Fundamental Tribology
Researchers examine what happens at the interface between components moving in relative motion and apply that understanding to the design of effective and efficient mechanical interfaces.
TEEL lab students and professor
Thermal and Electrochemical Energy Laboratory
Researches in TEEL seek to understand thermal management and electrochemistry and apply that knowledge to design of effective devices.

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Are you ready to pursue advanced engineering training and cutting-edge research in modern fields of mechanical engineering? We emphasize high-quality education and research and prepare students for leadership positions in industry, government, or academia. Bachelor of Science (B.S.), 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.