Welcome to
the Walker Department
of Mechanical Engineering

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In the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, we design and build devices and systems that transform industries and improve lives around the world. A pioneer in areas such as robotics and advanced manufacturing, Texas Mechanical Engineering is the birthplace of selective laser sintering, one of the first and most successful 3D-printing technologies. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are consistently recognized as the best in the nation, leading the way in mechanical engineering education and innovation.

World-Renowned Faculty 

Our faculty members are game-changers who lead the way in research, industry and innovation. They’re experts in areas ranging from robotics to clean energy to nanomaterials. They’re National Academy of Engineering members, national and international award winners (including Nobel Laureate and lithium-ion battery inventor John Goodenough), inventors of life-changing technologies and successful entrepreneurs dedicated not only to the next great research breakthrough but to teaching the next generation of engineering leaders.

Hands-on Learning

Every stage of our students’ academic journey is filled with experiential learning opportunities — from initiatives like our Freshman Introduction to Research in Engineering to our Senior Design Projects. Students learn how to think creatively and work collaboratively inside and outside of the classroom, taking theoretical ideas and testing them in real-world situations.

Innovation for the Greater Good

With a wide array of research areas, Texas Mechanical Engineers focus on solving problems that will provide the greatest benefit to society and improving quality of life around the world. Our researchers have designed rehabilitation robots, advanced shock-absorbing structures for helmets and custom 3D-printed prosthetics for veterans, among many other innovations.

A Place to Call Home

We already have a tight-knit community in the Walker Department, and living in Austin, one of the nation’s best cities, makes it that much better. Austin boasts tons of outdoor activities, a sunny, warm climate year-round, a strong economy with major companies’ headquarters and an even stronger sense of community. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends have developed lifelong friendships and partnerships with their peers. No matter your background, stage in life or specific interests, Texas Mechanical Engineering is a community you can count on.

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Establishing the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering


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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.

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Welch Foundation Gift Establishes Dervan Distinguished Lecture Series

The Welch Foundation, one of the nation’s largest private funding organizations for basic chemical research, has established The Peter B. Dervan Distinguished Lecture Series, an endowed lectureship at The University of Texas at Austin.

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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.

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Arumugam Manthiram Wins the Electrochemical Society’s Battery Division Technology Award

Arumugam Manthiram, Professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Texas Materials Institute at UT Austin, is receiving the 2021 Battery Division Technology Award from The Electrochemical Society (ECS).

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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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