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This autumn, the UW will safely return to in-person instruction and activities.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The UW department of mechanical engineering is committed to recruiting, welcoming and supporting a diverse and multi-faceted population of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff.

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Innovation & Impact

ME is a leading department at the UW for innovation, commercialization and industry collaboration. As an international epicenter for turning ideas into actions, the University of Washington is launching hundreds of companies across a wide range of fields based on UW research and technology.

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Clubs & Competitions

ME’s nationally-recognized clubs and competitions provide students a chance to apply and develop their engineering skills and network for their future lives and careers. Many students even choose to center some of their degree requirements around these activities.

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Carbon fiber composites

Stronger than steel and lighter than aluminum, carbon fiber composite materials are one of the key enabling technologies of the 21st century and play a particularly important role in Washington. UW ME is helping lead the Advanced Composites Center (ACC), a new initiative dedicated to advanced composites research and education.

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Per Reinhall

Chair of UW Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

A world renowned expert in nonlinear dynamical systems, acoustics and biomechanics, Per Reinhall has led the department for 10 years with a vision for ambitious research and education endeavors aimed at confronting societal challenges, especially in the areas of health, energy and advanced manufacturing.

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Lessons from a decade as ME chair

At the end of this academic year Per Reinhall concluded his second term as “Chair Per” and returned to research and teaching.

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#1 mechanical engineering program in the Pacific Northwest
2x national average female undergraduates
#3 source of UW startups
578 new patents filed
since 2012
13 affiliated research centers
$13M annual research funding