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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.
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!
ME faculty and graduate students are part of a team working to develop marine renewable energy for use by the US Navy, making 3-D printed prototypes of tidal turbines that they will test in the UW’s water channel and with computer modeling studies.
This fall brings the launch of the EcoCAR3 project, and the team is off to a great start! Read all about the new four year competition to convert a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid electric car in this UW Today article.