Ching Long Lin Portrait

Welcome from the DEO

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering, graduating future engineers and leaders to meet the needs of modern industries and service organizations. Our program offers high quality and versatile education. Undergraduate students specialize in a number of different focus areas, including design, energy and environment, manufacturing, and robotics and autonomous systems. We also offer certificate programs in naval hydrodynamics, international business, sustainability, and technological entrepreneurship. 

The undergraduate programs (leading to a BS degree) are designed for undergraduates to earn minors and double majors ranging from business and mathematics to music and languages. The rich selection of standard focus areas, minors, double majors, and student defined specialization areas, allow undergraduates to follow their dream professions. Undergraduate students interested in furthering their education, without fully committing to the graduate school, may select the joint BS and Master of Science Program (also known as U2G program) which offers interesting career paths for ME majors.  

At the graduate level, we offer Master of Science and Doctoral programs. The graduate curricula is designed for MS and PhD students to take courses in the program of mechanical engineering as well as to explore areas in classes offered across all colleges at the University of Iowa. The graduate students may choose to research in areas marked by the long-standing departmental excellence in computer-aided design, ship hydrodynamics, and simulation studies or to follow emerging topics in autonomous systems, renewable energy, new materials, and diverse medically related domains. Our collaborative links with the College of Medicine and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics are as strong, and have enjoyed collaborations with local and national corporations for decades.

I welcome your suggestions for program improvement and building excellence.

Ching-Long Lin

Department Chair and Professor

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to provide an education that builds within students a solid foundation in mechanical engineering principles; expands the reasoning, communication, and problem solving abilities of students. We aim to prepare graduates who have the motivation and ability for lifelong growth in their professional careers, and to develop and maintain a world-class research program in selected focus areas within mechanical engineering that complements the educational mission and addresses the evolving needs of industry and society.

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