The Department of Mechanical Engineering works to advance practical solutions that improve health, safety, and quality of life. Join us as we address the most important needs of society through rich and versatile discovery and scholarship.


Department faculty members are outstanding instructors and recognized experts in mechanical engineering, who bring their passion for innovative research, original thinking, and scholarship into the classroom. They are deeply invested in inspiring, teaching, and mentoring students.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering is home to such diverse research activities as biomechanics, mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, control and robotics, manufacturing, energy systems, MEMS, and nanotechnology.

Deep Learning Networks Prefer the Human Voice—Just Like Us

Columbia engineers demonstrate that AI systems might reach higher performance if programmed with sound files of human language rather than with binary data More
Apr 06 2021 | By Holly Evarts | Illustration and Video Credit: Creative Machines Lab/Columbia Engineering

Twistoptics—A New Way to Control Optical Nonlinearity

Columbia researchers engineer first technique to exploit the tunable symmetry of 2D materials for nonlinear optical applications, including laser, optical More
Mar 04 2021 | By Holly Evarts | Images Credit: Nathan R.Finney and Sanghoon Chae/Columbia Engineering