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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

Building from three core disciplines of Design and Manufacturing, Mechanics and Materials, and Robotics and Biosystems, we address pressing current and future needs of our society through seven cross-cutting research areas.

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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.

Department News

iron pour

Gatchell Receives 2020 Meshii Award

Honored for his excellence in design education, Professor David Gatchell developed a course that tasks students to study design and manufacturing through the lens of geometry and culminates in an iron pour.

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