A place for scholarship, collegiality, creativity, respect, innovation, inclusivity, learning, growth, discovery, and courage.

Harry Dankowicz, Professor and Chair

To me, the ME@UMD community epitomizes a spirit of discovery, innovation, entrepreneurship, and collegiality. It's a community that comes together around common goals, and celebrates its members' accomplishments. It's a place where every person is seen, respected, and cared for.

In this place, we're always learning, with and from each other. We're passionately creative, informed by deep knowledge, and dedicated to environmentally and socially responsible solutions to the challenges facing humanity and the earth. We know that the needs are great and that we have the gumption and fortitude to veer off the beaten path even when what lies ahead is murky and the journey may be long.

We see it as an imperative that access and equity should guide the development and application of new technologies. Our community builds on a diversity of thought, backgrounds, and experiences. We're made stronger by a multitude of perspectives and humbled by the opportunity to reach across differences.

Today, Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland looks ahead, buoyed by the excitement of inquiry and scholarship, and committed to impact and relevance. I feel joy and pride to call this community my home. I invite you to join us in partnership as we welcome tomorrow.

Harry Dankowicz
Professor and Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland


Our vision is for the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland to make meaningful contributions to the knowledge and tools that will enable society to pursue a path of sustained prosperity and well-being.

Our Mission

Current and emerging societal needs call for mechanical and reliability engineers who combine basic and specialized competencies to find effective, flexible, and accessible solutions to real-world challenges. We meet this call by providing world-class engineering education of the highest quality and comprehensive scope to new and continuing learners.

The rapidly advancing cutting edge of science and technology calls for advances both within and outside the engineering disciplines. We meet this call by leading new fundamental discoveries, facilitating groundbreaking research at interdisciplinary interfaces, and furthering the translational application of knowledge gained through research for the public good.

This mission shall be guided by a commitment to continuous improvement in the overall quality of teaching, research, and service. It shall be based on close partnership with participants and entities across the spectrum of society, including industry, government, community organizations, professional associations, and other academic institutions in a spirit of collegial cooperation and mutual benefit.

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland is to promote the study and application of mechanical and reliability engineering science and computation in service of the public good.