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.

Robot, can you say ‘Cheese’?

Columbia engineers build Emo, a silicon-clad robotic face that makes eye contact and uses AI to anticipate and replicate a person’s smile before they do. More
Mar 27 2024 | By Holly Evarts | Photo Credit: John Abbott/Columbia Engineering

Robotics & ROI

What happens when you mix business students with little to no hands-on engineering experience in a robotics-forward course? More
Mar 20 2024 | By Jane Nisselson