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About Us

Find out what UMass Lowell Mechanical Engineering research is all about!

The Mechanical Engineering Department is currently the largest department in the Francis College of Engineering, and is poised for many more exciting changes, as well as continued success, in the years to come.

The Mechanical Engineering Department offers an extensive range of graduate and undergraduate programs. Our undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

There are approximately 850 undergraduate and over 100 graduate students enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Within the Department are 30 full-time faculty members with distinguished academic, research and industrial backgrounds.

Mechanical Engineering faculty are award-winning researchers and dedicated academics with the highest level of commitment to providing their students with a quality education and rewarding experience at UMass Lowell.

Our Mechanical Engineering students have been demonstrating their outstanding abilities by participating in and winning national design and graduate competitions in the community.


We are committed to providing students with the highest-quality learning relevant to the needs of industry and society. Our undergraduate program is based on a Design-Build-Test methodology, where students spend time in the labs and Makerspace actually building and testing their theoretical designs.

The Mechanical Engineering Department has a history of producing graduates that immediately contribute to the workforce upon graduation.


Our location in the innovation and technology hub of the Merrimack Valley creates a unique opportunity for both students and faculty to collaborate with local industry leaders through research, the Co-Op Program, and more.

The Mechanical Engineering Department is also home to several well-established, internationally renowned research laboratories and centers.

UML’s Design-Build-Fly (DBF) Team in Tucson AZ

UMass Lowell’s Design-Build-Fly (DBF) Team in Tucson, AZ, (photo right) finished 19th out of 95 university teams in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) annual DBF Competition. This competition requires students to design and build a radio-controlled aircraft, then use it to fly three specific missions that test the aircraft’s flight performance. The aircraft also had to fold so that it could fit into a tube (also pictured). Our team completed all three flight missions, plus the technical inspection and a ground mission, on their first attempt. Their great performance led to UML finishing at its highest position in eight years of competing in this international event.