A Message from Professor Sofronis

Petros Sofronis The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at Illinois offers sought-after graduate education and research opportunities in Mechanical Engineering and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. Our program is consistently ranked among the top ten in the world -- now No. 5 in the 2021 graduate school rankings in mechanical engineering from U.S. News and World Report. We're proud to be part of The Grainger College of Engineering at Illinois, with access to all the resources and interdisciplinary opportunities Grainger Engineering has to offer.

MechSE graduate students are outstanding scholars and researchers from all over the world; they are future leaders and innovators and go on to become leaders in academia, industry, and government labs.

Our faculty and students are engaged in unparalleled research in five primary areas: Biomechanics, Controls and Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, Nanomechanics and Nanomanufacturing, and Solid Mechanics and Materials. See our Facts & Faculty brochure to learn more about how our research intersects with the most important societal needs, or find faculty who align with your research interests.

Our research, teaching, and the personalized nature of our graduate program offer a world-class and nurturing intellectual climate for your advanced study. If you are a prospective MechSE graduate student, we are excited that you might join us at Illinois.


Professor Petros Sofronis
Associate Head for Graduate Programs and Research
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering