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the Walker Department
of Mechanical Engineering

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Research Expenditures

The Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin is committed to the pursuit of transformative, multidisciplinary research. Our renowned and dedicated faculty members are the inventors of life-changing technologies — from the lithium-ion rechargeable battery to the selective-laser sintering 3-D printing technique — and we continue to develop and build exciting new innovations to advance the world every day.

Our plentiful state-of-the-art facilities, research centers and industry partnerships support vast, diverse research areas and hands-on learning for the next generation of engineering leaders.

The department’s strategic research collaborations at the intersection of engineering and health care expanded with the 2016 opening of the UT Austin Dell Medical School. In 2017, the Cockrell School’s new Engineering Education and Research Center — a 430,000 square-foot facility — began providing all engineering students and faculty with even more cutting-edge labs and collaborative project spaces.

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Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program Ranked No. 10 in U.S.

The Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering's undergraduate program has once again been named one of the nation’s top mechanical engineering programs in the country. In the latest U.S. News & World Report undergraduate rankings, our undergraduate program ranked No. 10.

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ME Graduate Student Wins Big at the Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition

Iman Salafian, 2nd year Ph.D. candidate in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, won two awards in the recent Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition. 

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Mark Hamilton Receives the Gold Medal Award from the Acoustical Society of America

Mark Hamilton, professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected to receive the Gold Medal Award by the Acoustical Society of America

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Researchers Aim to Shed Light on Cellular Bonding, Including COVID Cells

The way cells interact with each other is among the most fundamental aspects of understanding the body and developing effective treatments for diseases. However, the tools for observing how cells behave in various circumstances remain flawed, despite intense focus from researchers around the globe.

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Centenarian of Energy Innovation

Happy 100th Birthday to John B. Goodenough, professor and Nobel Laureate. On July 22nd, a group of students, colleagues, and friends gathered at UT Austin to celebrate his life and world-changing work.

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John Goodenough Nobel prize

Research Areas


Graduate Mechanical Engineering Program


Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program


Nobel Prize Recipient


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