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Mechanical engineering faculty, researchers, and students leverage state-of-the-art research equipment, technology, and systems to develop new methods, create innovative tools, and find practical solutions to the most pressing societal concerns. 

The Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) is an interdisciplinary research center sponsored by over 150 commercial corporate and government organizations from all sectors of the electronics systems industry. Over the last 20 years, CALCE has invested over $100M in developing methodologies, models, and design tools that address the design, manufacturing and sustainment of electronic systems. CALCE is recognized as a founder and driving force behind the development and implementation of physics-of-failure approaches to reliability and life cycle prediction, as well as a world leader in accelerated testing, and supply chain management.  CALCE is pioneering the development to Prognostics and Health Management techniques for electronic systems and applying PoF reliability assessment approaches to Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technologies.  CALCE is currently at the forefront of international standards development for critical electronic systems having chaired the development of several reliability and part selection standards. CALCE is currently staffed by over 100 faculty, staff and students, and in 1999 became the first academic research facility in the world to be ISO 9001 certified. Collectively, CALCE researchers have authored over 25 internationally acclaimed textbooks and well over 1000 research publications relevant to reliability initiatives emphasizing manufacturing related sustainability issues.

CECD Vision: The Center for Engineering Concepts Development (CECD), established in 1998, is a platform for experimenting with new ideas in engineering education, future technologies, and research, as well as examining their influence on public policy.

CECD Mission: The mission of CECD is to undertake activities to benefit the economic welfare of the state of Maryland and the Nation by supporting symposia, special groups, courses and innovative activities of contemporary interest.

The Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE) is an international leader in research and education in environmentally responsible and economically feasible thermal management systems for buildings, transportation and electronic cooling. With support from government and industry sponsors and the university, CEEE research addresses advanced heat exchangers, alternative cooling technologies and fluids, integrated systems optimization, and cooling, heating and power systems.

The Center for Risk and Reliability (CRR) was created in May 2004 through the merger of the Center for Reliability Engineering (CRE) and Center for Technology Risk Studies (CTRS). CRE focused primarily on the research and development needs of the industry in product and process reliability. CTRS mainly addressed the research and development needs of the government agencies in risk analysis and risk-informed decision making. CRR mission is inclusive of the missions of the centers it replaces.

Established in 2019, the Center for Sustainability in the Built Environment (City@UMD) works to revolutionize the physical infrastructure in cities through sustainable distributed systems providing healthy and comfortable environments, energy efficiency, and clean water.works to revolutionize the physical infrastructure in cities through sustainable distributed systems providing healthy and comfortable environments, energy efficiency, and clean water.

The IAI Center's mission is to bring the potential of Artificial Intelligence to Industrial Applications. The Center is able to rapidly research, develop, prototype and deploy artificial intelligence enabled solutions to bring operational, technological and economic impacts to a wide range of industries, including aerospace, energy, healthcare and manufacturing, among others.

Mechanical Engineering fosters quality learning with facilities that enable students to better engage with civil and environmental engineering practices and principles. Faculty and instructors also leverage numerous Clark School and University of Maryland education facilities, including the Edward St. John Teaching and Learning Center.