The Department of Mechanical Engineering works to advance practical solutions that improve health, safety, and quality of life. Join us as we address the most important needs of society through rich and versatile discovery and scholarship.


Department faculty members are outstanding instructors and recognized experts in mechanical engineering, who bring their passion for innovative research, original thinking, and scholarship into the classroom. They are deeply invested in inspiring, teaching, and mentoring students.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering is home to such diverse research activities as biomechanics, mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, control and robotics, manufacturing, energy systems, MEMS, and nanotechnology.

In Brief: December 2019

Recent publications from faculty in Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and Mechanical Engineering. More
Dec 27 2019 | By Holly Evarts | Microrobots Image Credit: Courtesy of Kyle Bishop | Capponi Photo Credit: Timothy Lee Photographers | Drone Photo Credit: Courtesy of Hod Lipson

In Memoriam: Fred Stolfi (1951-2019)

Over his more than 16 years at Columbia as a lecturer and adjunct associate professor, he taught many classes and mentored hundreds of undergrad and graduate More
Dec 18 2019 | By Jane Sims and Holly Evarts | Photo Credit: Jane Nisselson