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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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Trevor Harrison

Postdoctoral Scholar
Ph.D. ME ‘21

Trevor Harrison develops advanced sensor technologies for marine environments to help researchers understand and avoid human impacts to oceans, rivers, lakes and coastal environments.

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Lessons in the deep

An underwater robotic device called the µFloat, invented by mechanical engineering student Trevor Harrison, offers a new way to map underwater environments.

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