Mechanical Engineering plays a major role in structuring the real world, the systems we use, the means by which we commute and the energy that powers these to deliver the basic necessities of life. Mechanical engineers design, manufacture and maintain machinery used by all disciplines of engineering.
This discipline has attracted outstanding individuals and helped in addressing the crucial technical challenges in the contemporary world. The career path of a mechanical engineer is largely determined by individual choice – a unique advantage in an ever-changing competitive world. The studies of mechanical engineers focus on material science, solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, controls, hydraulic machines, design and manufacturing. To summarize, the versatility, wide-ranging scope and universal relevance of mechanical engineering open up career avenues in all possible branches of the engineering profession. The department currently offers the following programs: Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Mechanical Engineering, with the option of minor in any other stream of interest, M.Tech in Design Engineering, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.
Our core objective is to develop leaders of tomorrow and conduct translational research to address major technological bottlenecks. Department has developed state-of-the-art laboratories that not only cater to the undergraduate curriculum but also foster research in various specialized and interdisciplinary areas. There is an array of specialized mechanical engineering subjects such as energy conversion, materials processing, MEMS, microfluidic devices, fracture mechanics, nanomechanics, biomechanics, tribology and vibrations which this department intends to develop as Centers of Excellence. This creates potential career opportunities in diverse areas within an industry, government and R&D, such as automotive industries, railways, power generation, environment, medical and manufacturing industries. To achieve this goal, the department is absorbing the best talent globally by hiring faculty members who have wide-ranging experience of academics and research as well as industry. In addition, we are focusing on collaborations with various industries to design relevant curricula and to provide students with an exposure to the real world.
Unique facts (Reasons to join a Mechanical Engineering program)
1. Faculty members with experience/degree from top-level foreign universities
2. Research Driven, industry-oriented dynamic curriculum
3. Experiential learning objective: more than 80% of courses are having projects/lab components.
4. Support for foreign internships and participate in international conferences at the undergraduate level
5. Periodical activities under technical clubs and societies to enrich subject knowledge and opportunities to interact, eminent academicians, or industry experts.
6. Excellent track of the students going for higher studies: Purdue University, National University of Singapore, Texas A&M, CMU to name a few
1. Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics
2. Advanced Structural Materials and Applied Tribology
3. Energy Conversion Technologies and Energy Management
4. Surface Engineering
Research/ Project information (interesting research that aims to solve everyday problems or are unique.)
1. Amphibian Robot, Humming Bird Robot, Flapping wing Robots, Underwater Bio-inspired robots - NRB Funded
2. UP-CST funded projects - Performance improvement of Solar Energy Harvesting Systems using Phase Change Materials
3. Hybrid Energy Harvesting Systems
4. Naval Research Board funded project: Enhancing the Degradation Resistance of Marine Components
5. Development of Durable Self-Cleaning Surfaces (CSIR funded)
6. Development of superhydrophobic anti-bacterial coatings using agriculture waste (rice husk)
7. Developing systems to solve stubble burning problem
8. Vocal fold dynamics problems (DST sponsored project)
9. Application of machine learning in the Assembly line balancing problem
10. Energy harvesting from moving vehicles
Student accolades – Current or Alumni
1. University Gold Medal 2015 - Siddharth Sharma (Mechanical)
2. University Gold Medal 2016 - TS Shakhtivel (Mechanical)
3. University Silver Medal 2017 - A Tejashi Roy (Mechanical)
4. University Gold Medal 2019 - Ashwin Kumar (Mechanical)
5. ICCAR Singapore 2020 Best presentation award - Parthsarathi Rawat
6. First prize - American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Asia Pacific Student Design Competition
7. Winner of Charpak Scholarship of Excellence by French Embassy - Siddharth Sharma
8. Winner of UP-CST research grant by UG students
9. Admission offer in top ranked universities - National University of Singapore (Fully-funded), Purdue University, CMU, Texas A&M (Funded)
1. Experiential Learning approach - students learn while doing things
2. Project-based learning experience offered at mechatronics lab. Benchmarked on MIT courses and taken beyond
3. Going beyond textbook-based teaching by incorporating examples from our own research. This helps in creating deeper learning interests and better understanding amongst students
4. Employing a mixture of traditional and state of the art methodologies to teach core courses. For example, while we strictly restrict the teaching using traditional board-chalk method of teaching, some courses involve an on-hand simulation of their physics using platforms like Mathematica or MATLAB, etc.