Mechanical Engineering

Berkeley Mechanical Engineering is the top ranked public mechanical engineering program in the nation and consistently ranked as one of the top mechanical engineering departments in the world. Our teaching and research laboratories are among the most active, innovative and productive in the nation, and our faculty and students represent the best, the brightest and the most diverse.

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Check out this video on our YouTube page by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), featuring ME Professor Xiang Zhang, who was awarded their Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy and Roland V. Fitzroy Medal last Fall.

July 15, 2015
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Congratulations to ME Professor Grace O'Connell on being selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 21st annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium! Engineers who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines were selected to come together for the 2 1/2 day event in September.

July 14, 2015
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UC Berkeley talks with ME Professor Grace O'Connell about "how to grow the back," and the research happening in her Soft Tissue Biomechanics Lab.

July 8, 2015
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UC Berkeley calls ME Professor Alice Agogino an "engineering trailblazer," and talks with her about gender, minorities and STEM for social justice in this latest article featured on the homepage.

July 7, 2015
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The Dean of Engineering, and ME Professor, S. Shankar Sastry discusses increasing the representation of women in engineering, and highlights the Girls in Engineering program ME Professors Lisa Pruitt and Grace O'Connell participate in.

June 22, 2015
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ME Professor Alice Agogino, along with Dr. Sohyeong Kim from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, recently won a grant from the Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study. This award will seed research on "Open Innovation in Food Innovation and Design: Comparative Case Study of California Cuisine and New Nordic Cuisine."

June 17, 2015
div lineEver wonder what kind of work goes into the projects and inventions that come from the Department of Mechanical Engineering? Well, all that magic happens in our ME Student Machine Shop, here in Etcheverry Hall. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the shop, and meet some of our students, faculty and shop staff that make it all possible!

June 9, 2015
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Pictures from the Spring 2015 Commencement and the ME Reception are now up on our Facebook page!

June 8, 2015
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Congratulations to ME Professor George C. Johnson on receiving the Berkeley Faculty Service Award for 2015. The award honors a member of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate who has given outstanding and dedicated service to the Berkeley campus.

June 8, 2015
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"What are we designing? Are we designing for those in extreme poverty? Are we designing for the human condition? I hope so, and I hope that becomes part of the Jacobs Institute story." -ME Professor Alice Agogino in the Special Design Issue of Berkeley ENGINEER.

June 3, 2015
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ME graduate student Zi Jing Wong was recently awarded the MRS Gold Graduate Student Award at the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. The MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high order of excellence and distinction.

June 3, 2015
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ME students Julia Kramer (PhD student), Abhimanyu Ray (MEng student), and Karan Patel (MEng student), along with Betsy McCormick (MBA student, Haas School of Business) won First Place in the Global Health category in the Big Ideas contest for their proposal, Visualize: Saving Lives with Training for Cervical Cancer Screening. The proposal was partially developed through a capstone project in DevEng 200: Design, Evaluate and Scale Development Technologies, as part of the new designated emphasis in Development Engineering, and was part of a select group of projects awarded from over 200 submissions.

June 3, 2015
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Aaron Wienkers
, a recently graduated senior from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was selected as one of five finalists to receive UC Berkeley’s prestigious University Medal, an honor that requires a 3.96 GPA and goes to those who have overcome challenges and are making a difference in people’s lives.

June 2, 2015
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Resilient Multi-Sensor Perception for Unmanned Ground Vehicles in Challenging Environmental Conditions

Dr. Thierry Peynot
Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Thursday, July 2, 2015
11:00 AM
3110 Etcheverry Hall
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Scheduling for the ME Student Machine Shop training begins May 27, 2015. To schedule your training, please see Mick, Dennis, Jesse, Jacob or Scott in 1166 Etcheverry.

Training must be completed by June 19, 2015.

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The Student Access Workshop is available to all students working on class projects that have completed their mechanical engineering student machine shop safety orientation. To apply for access, please send an email to

Student Access Workshop Summer Hours:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday
1167 Etcheverry Hall

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The Spring 2015 'Engineering For All - Special Edition' Newsletter is now online.

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The Fall 2014 ME Alumni Newsletter is now online.

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The Fall 2013 ME Alumni Newsletter is now online.

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The Fall 2012 ME Alumni Newsletter is now online.

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The Fall 2011 ME Alumni Newsletter is now online.

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The Fall 2010 ME Alumni Newsletter is now online.

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Faculty Positions

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is generating an applicant pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach regular and summer courses.


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM &
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The AMSE features ME Professor Xiang Zhang, recipeint of the 2014 Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy and Roland V. Fitzroy Medal.

A behind-the-scenes look at the ME Student Machine Shop, and some of our students, faculty and shop staff that make it all possible.

Students in ME Professor Alice Agogino's Dev Eng C200 practice gathering field data while getting hands-on experience with different kinds of cookstoves.

See class projects from Professor Homayoon Kazerooni's Mechatronics Design Course (ME102B), Spring 2014.

Lead Mechanician Gordon Long discusses how students use the equipment in the ME Student Machine Shop to design and create prototypes.

Professor Dave Dornfeld discusses manufacturing and sustainablity research in the LMAS Lab.

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