Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department

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Student with 3D printer

Student Nicole Sovde prepares for a 3D printer demonstration with Associate Professor Dan Pope.

Top-Notch Research

The Mechanical & Industrial Engineering faculty members are dedicated researchers that make sure students have plenty of opportunities to try their hands at research, too. 

Our department also covers a wide range of expertise and students are given the chance to work one-on-one with their professors and as part of a team and they often present their work locally, regionally and nationally.

In 2017, our senior design team undertook the U.S. Air Force Research Lab challenge and the result was a national championship

Working with Students

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is a great way for students to get involved in undergraduate research.

Students can apply twice a year, at the beginning of October and March. Generally, more than 70% of proposals are approved and students are paid a stipend to carry out their research.

Research Partners

We have many labs and facilities within our department for student, staff and faculty use.

We also have research partners like the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) and great resources like the UMD Farm and Research Instrumentation Lab that allow us to dive deeper into research topics.