Mechanical Engineering

From nano-electromechanical systems to the ergonomics of medical devices, mechanical engineers educated at Tufts create and implement systems in motion. 

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Mechanical engineers invent, analyze, and manufacture mechanical components and systems. Learn tools to succeed across engineering fields like automotive, aerospace, shipping, power, heating and cooling, and machinery, as well as the new and emerging fields of robotics, micro- and nano devices, and medical devices. 

Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.)

Mechanical Engineering as a research field addresses a diverse mixture of problems in fundamental engineering science as well as applications. From soft-bodied robots to superconducting materials to cell swimming at the microscale, our faculty is involved in a diverse array of innovative research efforts. With applications such as new approaches to medical surgeries, the ability to store hydrogen for use in cars, and safely guiding airplanes into airports, these projects are excellent opportunities to solve many current everyday engineering problems.

Visit the Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. program page to learn more.

Mechanical Engineering (M.S.)

The Mechanical Engineering Master of Science degree program provides students with opportunities to strengthen their technical backgrounds for pursuing successful professional careers in engineering research, development and management. Graduate students applying to the Mechanical Engineering master’s program do not declare a thesis or non-thesis option upon applying. After matriculation, a thesis option may be selected with the support of a faculty advisor.

Master's degrees require a minimum of 30 SHUs and the fulfillment of at least 10 courses at the 100-level or above with grades of S (satisfactory) or at least a B-. Program requirements may vary.

Visit the Mechanical Engineering M.S. program page to learn more.

Human Factors Engineering (M.S.)

Human Factors Engineering is the study of the interaction of humans with technology. Human Factors Engineering is sometimes also referred to as “Engineering Psychology” or “Ergonomics.” The program offers specialized courses, training, and research opportunities in the human-centered aspects of engineering activities such as:

> Medical devices and systems design

> Product design

> Computer-interface design

> Ergonomics

> Workplace safety

The M.S. program in Human Factors Engineering degree with thesis program includes a substantial research thesis component. Master's degrees require a minimum of 30 SHUs and the fulfillment of at least 10 courses at the 100-level or above with grades of S (satisfactory) or at least a B-. Program requirements may vary.

Visit the Human Factors M.S. thesis program page to learn more.

Visit the Human Factors M.S. non-thesis program page to learn more.

Bioengineering (M.S.)

The Biomechanical Systems and Devices track in the Bioengineering master’s program investigates the application of technology to human biological systems. Areas of study include the mechanics of hard and soft tissues, human biomechanics, dynamics of human-machine interaction, and the design of assistive technology and medical devices.

Master's degrees require a minimum of 30 SHUs and the fulfillment of at least 10 courses at the 100-level or above with grades of S (satisfactory) or at least a B-. Program requirements may vary.

Dual Degree Master's Program (with Tufts Gordon Institute)

Develop your innovation, leadership and management skills and build your technical depth with the Dual Degree Master's Program. You’ll earn two degrees: an M.S. offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and an M.S. Innovation & Management (MSIM). You earn both degrees in an accelerated time frame (as little as two years) and at a reduced cost. Contact for more information.

Human-Computer Interaction (Certificate)

The Human-Computer Interaction certificate program looks at user interface design to develop computer products that meet market needs.

Manufacturing Engineering (Certificate)

The Manufacturing Engineering certificate program educates students in the latest technologies through a hands-on, industry-based curriculum, and contributes to the formation of future leaders in manufacturing engineering.


Chris B. Rogers
John R. Beaver Professor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Robotics, Musical Instrument Design, Engineering Education
Behrouz Abedian
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fluid Mechanics, Electrokinetics, Thermal-Fluid Systems
Nadine Aubry
Provost and Senior Vice President, Professor
Ph.D. , Cornell University
Luisa Chiesa
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sustainable Energy, Superconducting Materials
Jeffrey S. Guasto
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Brown University, Engineering
Biophysics and Soft Matter, Cell Biomechanics and Sensing, Micro-Scale Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena, Microfluidic Devices
Daniel J. Hannon
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , Brown University
Human Factors, Airspace Systems
Marc Hodes
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Heat Transfer, Apparent Slip, Thermal Management of Electronics, Mass Transfer in Supercritical Fluids and Thermoelectricity
James Intriligator - Professor of the Practice
James Intriligator
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Human Factors Engineering
Mark Kachanov
Ph.D. , Brown University
Fracture Mechanics, Micromechanics of Materials
Erica M. Kemmerling
Assistant Teaching Professor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Medical Engineering, Fluid Mechanics
Hoda Koushyar
Assistant Teaching Professor
Ph.D. , Virginia Tech
Gary G. Leisk
Associate Teaching Professor
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Machine Design, Non-Destructive Testing
Vincent Manno - Adjunct Professor, Provost and Dean of Faculty
Vincent Manno
Adjunct Professor, Provost and Dean of Faculty
Sc.D , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thermal-fluid phenomena, Power generation systems
Douglas M. Matson
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Solidification Processes, Thermal Manufacturing, Machine Design
Pratap Misra
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , University of California, San Diego
GPS, Emerging Satellite Navigation Systems
Dean Jianmin Qu
Jianmin Qu
Dean and Karol Family Professor
Ph.D. , Northwestern University
Micromechanics of composites, interfacial fracture and adhesion, fatigue and creep damage in solder alloys, thermomechanical reliability of microelectronic packaging, defects and transport in solids with applications to solid oxide fuel cells and batteries, and ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation of advanced engineering materials
Jason Rife
Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Navigation, Robotics, Controls
Anil Saigal
Ph.D. , Georgia Institute of Technology
Materials Engineering, Manufacturing Processes, Quality Control
Igor Sokolov
Ph.D. , St. Petersburg State University (Russia); D.I. Mendeleev Institute of Metrology (Russia)
Nanomechanics of Cells, Molecules, Polymers; Photonic Sensors; Soft Condensed Matter and Biomedical Research; Energy-Related Materials and Sustainability, Surface Science and Engineering
Kristen Bethke Wendell - Assistant Professor
Kristen Bethke Wendell
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Engineering Education, Design Practices, Learning Sciences
Robert D. White
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Michigan
Micro- and Nano- electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), Sensors, Dynamic System Modeling, Acoustics, Vibrations
Michael Wiklund
Professor of the Practice; General Manager, UL-Wiklund
M.S. , Tufts University
Human Factors Engineering
Michael Zimmerman
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
Novel Polymer Electrolytes for Batteries, Liquid Crystal Polymers, Composite Materials

Application Deadlines

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A key admission requirement is strong academic background in mechanical engineering or a related technical discipline.

Application Requirements:

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> GRE General Test scores are not required for Fall 2021
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test scores if applicable

- Mechanical Engineering requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 or the equivalent IELTS score for admittance.

> Transcripts
> Three letters of Recommendation

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the department.
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