The Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Kentucky incorporates traditional broad research discipline areas with cutting-edge technology and applications.  Our Strategic Plan is focused on developing strength in five key areas through diverse and collaborative research to impact the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the nation and the world.  Our major research discipline areas and strategic research focus areas include:

Research Discipline Areas

Control Systems

Fluid Mechanics

Heat Transfer and Combustion

Manufacturing Processes and Systems

Mechanics and Materials

Micro- and Nano-Engineering

Vibrations and Acoustics

Strategic Research Focus Areas


Autonomy, Robotics and Controls

Bioengineering and Biomechanics




Our faculty conduct multi-disciplinary research cutting across these discipline and strategic areas with collaborations throughout the College of Engineering and other colleges at the University of Kentucky and around the world.  Faculty expertise is aligned with our research areas as:

Research Discipline Areas Strategic Research Focus Areas
Faculty Control Systems Fluid Mechanics Heat Transfer & Combustion Manufacturing Processes & Systems Mechanics & Materials Micro & Nano Engineering Vibrations & Acoustics Aerospace Autonomy, Robotics, & Controls Bioengineering & Biomechanics Energy Sustainable Manufacturing
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