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Dr. Steve Wayne from Mechanical Engineering to lead Propane Mower Workshop to be held on campus, March 6th 2015.

Dr. Gary Qi and Dr. Steve Wayne win Navy STTR award on helicopter health monitoring

Dr. Sumanta Acharya is the new Chair of Mechanical Engineering.

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Dr. Sumanta Acharya receives the prestigious AIChE/ASME Donald Q. Kern Award

Dr. Gladius Lewis wins the 2013 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award, The University of Memphis; May 2013

Dr. Gladius Lewis delivers the Keynote address, ”Improved Acrylic Bone Cements for Orthopaedic and Spinal Applications“, delivered at ATA 2nd Global Biomedical Materials Congress, Shanghai, China, February 14, 2014


Welcome to the mechanical engineering department website at the University of Memphis. The department currently has 12 faculty positions and nearly 300 students at all levels. The department is the strongest and largest of the mechanical engineering departments in a public institution in the western Tennessee area, and is experiencing additional growth. It is also the largest program in the college of engineering at Memphis.

For students interested in University of Memphis, we offer small classes, direct access to faculty, and world-class research. A range of scholarships at the undergraduate level is offered. Graduate students have access to departmental assistantships and the prestigious Herff Fellowship. Memphis is a vibrant city with a metropolitan population of nearly 1.4 million and major industries in air and land transportation, biomedical and manufacturing industries.

The department has traditionally offered a strong undergraduate program that is ABET accredited, and prepares the students for a successful engineering career in industry or for pursuing research of significant regional and national interest. The department also plays an important role for practicing engineers in providing them opportunities for continuing education, and plays a leadership role in service to the public, profession, and industry.

There is ongoing research in several technical areas including:

  • Structural health monitoring
  • Packaging
  • Bio Materials
  • Bio Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Energy
  • Biofuels
  • Low Gravity Fluid Management
  • Gas Turbine Heat Transfer
  • Gas Turbine Combustion

The research is supported by a variety of sources including the Department of Energy, NASA, and the Office of Naval Research.  As the department grows, we hope to add additional faculty and further invigorate our research programs.  

The department has a long list of distinguished alumni, and we are immensely proud of their achievements. We welcome their active engagement with the department in order to make it better, connect with our students, help in raising resources, and in providing advice and input at different levels. Thank you for being true ambassadors for the department.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Sumanta Acharya

ME Chair, and Ring Companies Endowed Professor in Mechanical Engineering

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