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of Mechanical Engineering

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Manufacturing & Design

Manufacturing & Design is a major technical area within the Mechanical Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin. This group utilizes modern analytical tools to design structures and systems associated with power plants, manufacturing machines, transport vehicles, robots, space stations, recycling, hazardous-waste management, military hardware, prosthetic devices, and even toys for children. Today's manufacturing processes utilize precision machine systems. The supporting technologies for these systems include machine tools, robotics, metrology, microelectronic systems, and human augmentation systems. Research in manufacturing processes also addresses several specific processes, including free-form fabrication with laser sintering, a process invented in this Department that enables computer-guided production of any three-dimensional object directly from a design database. 

News

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.

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New Method Makes Vital Fertilizer Element in a More Sustainable Way

An international research team that includes scientists and engineers from The University of Texas at Austin has devised a new method for making urea that is more environmentally friendly than today’s process and produces enough to be competitive with energy-intensive industrial methods.

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Getting Off the Ground: Alumna’s Work on Mars Helicopter Inspires Future Generations

Alumna Amiee Quon, test chamber engineer for NASA's Mars Helicopter, shares her story of achieving big goals and inspiring others to do the same.

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Optical Tweezer Technology Tweaked to Overcome Dangers of Heat

Three years ago, Arthur Ashkin won the Nobel Prize for inventing optical tweezers, which use light in the form of a high-powered laser beam to capture and manipulate particles. Despite being created decades ago, optical tweezers still lead to major breakthroughs and are widely used today to study biological systems.

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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.

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John Goodenough Nobel prize
 

Research Areas

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Undergraduate  & Graduate Mechanical Engineering Program

1

Nobel Prize Recipient

100+

Years of Excellence in Education

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