MechSE's undergraduate program is currently ranked 7th, and our graduate program is ranked 5th best in the U.S. with a 2nd ranked online master's program, according to US News & World Report.
The MechSE Department currently has 1025 undergraduate students. 921 of these undergraduate students are majoring in Mechanical Engineering. 104 of these undergraduate students are majoring in Engineering Mechanics. The MechSE Department currently has 106 graduate students working on master's degrees (40 thesis, 66 non-thesis) and 348 graduate students working on PhD degrees.
In 2020, the MechSE Department awarded 208 bachelor of science degrees. 198 of these bachelor of science degrees were in Mechanical Engineering and 21 of these bachelor of science degrees were in Engineering Mechanics. In 2017 - 2018 the MechSE Department awarded 111 master's degrees; and 33 PhD degrees.
MechSE’s 65 full-time faculty are all active in research and publish in high-impact journals, such as Science, Nature, Applied Physics Letters, and more. Even more impressive, Engineering at Illinois faculty are ranked first among our peers in the number of publications per faculty. On average, 20 or more of the papers written by senior professors are cited more than 10 times. More than half have received young investigator awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) or Department of Defense.
Research expenditures of $25 million allow faculty and students to advance knowledge in key fundamental areas such as biomechanics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, applied physics, chemistry, dynamics and controls, computational science and applied math.