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Leaders who shape the future of mechanical engineering


major centers, institutes, and programs

led by our department faculty


other departments with which we actively collaborate

across five Northwestern schools

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Research Areas

Designing systems and materials, inspired by nature

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MEMS / nanotechnology


Virtual Design and Manufacturing



Computational Solid and Fluid Mechanics

Composite Materials

Nondestructive Materials Characterization and Structural Reliability



Local Collaborations

Partnering with Chicago-area institutions to bring research to life

Mechanical engineering faculty and students have a strong history of collaboration with Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, Argonne National Laboratory, and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a first-ever “translational” research hospital where clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together to apply research in real time to physical medicine and rehabilitation.


Flexible curriculum, award-winning educators

The department offers programs at both the undergraduate and graduate (both PhD and MS degree) levels that provide solid foundations for careers in industry, research, and academia while providing a flexible curriculum that students can customize to their goals. Courses are taught by a highly decorated faculty who have won several teaching awards at Northwestern and who lead research groups at the top of their field.

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Optimizing the Design of New Materials

A new approach developed by Professors James Rondinelli and Wei Chen combines statistical inference, optimization theory, and computational materials physics to design new materials without large amounts of existing data.

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