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UW Mechanical engineers push the boundaries of what is physically possible to produce safer, cheaper, and more efficient mechanical systems. Our research touches all disciplines of science and engineering.
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Our graduates have become pioneers in automotive, aerospace and manufacturing industries. Among many accomplishments, they are global leaders in business and industry and continue to mentor students and serve the university as regents.
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Our expertise in such diverse areas as energy, manufacturing processes,robotics, nanotechnology and medical devices, leads to revolutionary innovations that help address key societal challenges and improve our lives.
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The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at the University of Washington invites applications for a cluster hire in advanced manufacturing which reflects the growth in the Pacific Northwest. We seek outstanding applicants for four full-time tenure-track faculty positions (9-month service periods) that may be jointly appointed in the Departments of Materials Science (up to two) and Industrial & Systems Engineering (up to two). The two ME/MSE positions are also aligned with the newly funded Clean Energy Institute (CEI). We are primarily focused on hires at the rank of Assistant Professor although individuals at senior ranks with exceptional credentials may be considered. Please submit applications for the ME/MSE positions here. Please submit applications for the ME/ISE positions here. Only applications submitted via the online search tool will be considered. Please contact Lucia Petersen at with any questions or for more information.
Peter Janicki, MSME ’89, is featured in this article on Bill Gates’ blog about a recent tour he took at Janicki Bioenergy. Many UW ME alumni now working for Janicki Bioenergy have been involved in the development of this machine that turns human waste into water in moments.
Tim and his supervisor, Professor and Chair Per Reinhall, are featured in this story on the wide-ranging benefits their innovative double-pile will have on aquatic life, marine construction, and the local economy.
UW Today features a story on one of our outstanding undergraduates, David Coven, who juggles the management of both a start-up (Engineering Expectations) and a non-profit (Scholarship Junkies) on top of his engineering classes!