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Our faculty are committed to conducting research as a means of improving society, increasing the nation's prosperity, and maintaining up-to-date teaching instruction.  With collaboration among faculty, graduate students and undergraduates, we have achieved national and international prominence for our research and teaching efforts. 

We are working with corporations and government agencies across the nation on funded research in a variety of areas such as advanced materials, nano-manufacturing, biomedical engineering, composites, vibrations, robotics, rehabilitation engineering, hydraulics, numerical heat-transfer, mechanical design and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems.  The department receives over $2 million annually in external research funding in the following areas.

Biomedical Engineering
Composite Materials and Solid Mechanics;
System Dynamics and Vibrations
Mechanical Design
Engineering Education Research;
Fluid Dynamics
Thermal Energy Systems
Microelectronic Device Thermal Management
Clean Energy Technologies
Micro and Nano Scale Materials
Systems and Analysis,
Research for Persons with Disabilities

Take a departmental research tour to see who is working on these topics and what they are working on, or alternatively find the research areas of faculty by their name, or topic or subtopic of research.

The department is accepting applications for full-time doctoral students for Fall 2010. The appointments include tuition waiver and full financial support for the academic year Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. The sponsorship is renewable annually and is contingent upon satisfactory progress toward degree objectives. USF, a top research university, offers an intellectually challenging environment in a diverse student and faculty population.

Information about how to successfully apply for admission can be obtained from the University Graduate Catalog and also from the Graduate School.  If you decide to apply to our graduate program, please apply online.

The ME graduate handbook contains relevant information about the programs, faculty and graduation requirement in the Mechanical Engineering Department.

You can also find course information and course schedules to help you plan your program of studies with us.   Areas of faculty research are diverse and are given here by their name, major areas, and subtopic.

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