​About​

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) awards the BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. MEMS faculty also advise PhD students in Materials Science and Engineering through the interdisciplinary Institute for Materials Science and Engineering (IMSE).​

Research in MEMS focuses on fundamental mechanical engineering and materials science at the interfaces between traditional disciplines: 

  • Where mechanics converges with biology
  • Where materials science converg​es with nanotechnology and 
  • Where aerospace engineering converges with the science of energy. 

We believe it is at these interfaces that solutions to many of engineering’s grand challenges may be found.

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15

tenured/tenure-track faculty

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21

lecturers & teaching staff

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2

Professors of the Practice

4,000+ alumni
299
BS in Mechanical Engineering students
78
full-time MS students
35
full-time PhD students
9
postdoctoral appointees
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History of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at WashU

1854

Washington Institute of St. Louis added Civil Engineering to the Scientific Department.

1873

First Mechanical Engineering chairperson appointed.

1959

Urbauer Hall completed.​

2007

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Structural Engineering created.

2010

To address the most pressing challenges of the 21st century involving energy, sustainability, healthcare, security, and information technology, the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Structural Engineering changed to the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.

                   
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