Welcome to
the Walker Department
of Mechanical Engineering

Congrats to ME assistant professor Tanya Hutter for taking 1st place in the Faculty/Staff category for her startup… https://t.co/ppah4zxnd8

Benjamin A. Black

Dr. Ben A. Black is a Marketing Development Manager for Power Electronics Real-Time Test at National Instruments and a Lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Ph.D.in 2007 from the George Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focused in the use of passive haptic robotics for teleoperation. From 2007 through 2012, he worked as a System Engineer at National Instruments focusing on advanced control and advanced simulation projects. In that work, he has functioned as a consultant both internally and externally to assist with large customers and high-priority projects, mainly in the use of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for high speed simulation and high speed control. He has worked on interesting projects that have been as mission critical as a three-phase inverter controller for generating a micro-grid or an FPGA-based simulation of a permanent magnet synchronous machine using FEA-based look up tables for the model parameters and as entertaining as an FPGA-controlled home brewery that sat on the Expo Floor of NI Week 2012. He also dedicates a significant amount of time to volunteer as an Executive Committee Member of the Central Texas FIRST LEGO League where he oversees and facilitates the judging for 1500+ elementary students that take part in the regional competitions.


water droplet

Hydrogel Tablet Can Purify a Liter of River Water in an Hour

As much as a third of the world’s population does not have access to clean drinking water, according to some estimates, and half of the population could live in water-stressed areas by 2025. Finding a solution to this problem could save and improve lives for millions of people, and it is a high priority among scientists and engineers around the globe.

Keep reading
Donald Siegel

Donald Siegel Named New Chair of the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has named Donald Siegel, a professor at the University of Michigan and an internationally recognized computational materials scientist, as the next chair of UT’s Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering. He will assume his position on Sept. 1, 2021, succeeding the department’s current chair, Rick Neptune.

Keep reading

Mechanical Engineering Faculty Openings

The Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering is seeking applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions as well as non-tenure track lecturers

Keep reading

Metals Supercharge Promising Method to Bury Harmful Carbon Dioxide Under the Sea

There's a global race to reduce the amount of harmful gases in our atmosphere to slow down the pace of climate change, and one way to do that is through carbon capture and sequestration — sucking carbon out of the air and burying it. At this point, however, we're capturing only a fraction of the carbon needed to make any kind of dent in climate change.

Keep reading

Our Nobel Laureate

On December 10, 2019, John B. Goodenough received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to the development of the lithium-ion battery.

Experience His Nobel Journey In Photos
John Goodenough Nobel prize

Research Areas


Graduate Mechanical Engineering Program


Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program


Nobel Prize Recipient


Explore more at the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering