MechSE Department Facts


The MechSE Department currently has 966 undergraduate students. 880 of these undergraduate students are majoring in Mechanical Engineering. 116 of these undergraduate students are majoring in Engineering Mechanics. The MechSE Department currently has 217 graduate students working on master's degrees and 265 graduate students working on PhD degrees.

Degrees Granted

In 2020, the MechSE Department awarded 208 bachelor of science degrees.  198 of these bachelor of science degrees were in Mechanical Engineering and 21 of these bachelor of science degrees were in Engineering Mechanics.  In 2017 - 2018 the MechSE Department awarded 111 master's degrees; and 33 PhD degrees.


MechSE’s 65 full-time faculty are all active in research and publish in high-impact journals, such as Science, Nature, Applied Physics Letters, and more. Even more impressive, Engineering at Illinois faculty are ranked first among our peers in the number of publications per faculty. On average, 20 or more of the papers written by senior professors are cited more than 10 times. More than half have received young investigator awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) or Department of Defense.


Research expenditures of $25 million allow faculty and students to advance knowledge in key fundamental areas such as biomechanics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, applied physics, chemistry, dynamics and controls, computational science and applied math.


MechSE's undergraduate program is currently ranked 7th, and our graduate program is ranked 6th best (tie) in the U.S., according to US News & World Report.

Other Statistics

The median ACT composite score of undergraduate students entering the department is 32.4. Graduate students enrolling in 2017 had average GRE percentile of 90 (Quantitative).


Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty


Undergraduate Students


Graduate Students