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The mechanical engineering master’s program is a concentration within the college-wide Master of Science (MS) program where students advance their education around engineering design, consulting, planning, quality control and working with clients and other engineers.

Graduates with a mechanical engineering master’s degree increase their potential for higher income and leadership opportunities in careers related to renewable energy, robotics, battery technology, optics, biomechanics, tribology, water filtration, sensors, composite materials and HVAC engineering.

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Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)

Faculty and student researchers from UWM’s Department of Energy (DOE) funded IAC have helped over 600 Wisconsin manufacturers to increase productivity and competitiveness by reducing energy and water consumption, enhancing cybersecurity, and adopting smart manufacturing technology. More info.

What to Expect

The mechanical engineering master’s degree at UWM is designed for both working professionals and aspiring researchers so most lectures are held in the evening to allow for dual commitments. Students may choose either a thesis (30 credits) or a non-thesis option (31 credits) depending on their career goals.

As an R1 research university we strongly believe in the power of research to change the world, so we encourage students to pursue the development of a thesis. However, if you have prior engineering or scientific work experience and are seeking an MS for professional advancement, the non-thesis option is a great alternative that requires additional coursework in lieu of a thesis.

The MS in Engineering does not require a rigid set of courses, so you have the flexibility to design your program of study that is compatible with your career objectives. This feature also makes the MS a solid steppingstone for doctoral level study. Please see the academic catalog for specific requirements.

Most students choose to incorporate Teaching Assistantships (TAs) or Research Assistantships (RAs) during their graduate study which helps to fund their education while also building leadership skills. Assistantship decisions are made by the academic departments only after an applicant has been accepted into the program.

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Contact the College of Engineering & Applied Science Graduate Programs Office.

We’re a top tier R1 research university and our mechanical engineering master’s students have the opportunity to work with biomedical engineering faculty engaged in cutting-edge research around batteries, energy, optics, rehab robotics, sensors and tribology.

Advanced Manufacturing Design Lab

The Advanced Manufacturing and Design Lab (AMDL) is a research group, under the leadership of Professor Ilya Avdeev, focused on challenging problems related to design. We help industry partners design complex systems. We build new design tools. We teach design. We help architect and support innovative student teams.

Advanced Structures Lab

Research in the Advanced Structures Lab (ASL) led by Professor Nathan Salowitz is focused on active, adaptive, and sensing materials, structures, and systems for applications in intelligent structures that have the ability to sense report and respond to their state. 

Structural health monitoring, damage detection, and self-healing capabilities enabled by this research will lead to a paradigm shift in structural design resulting in lighter weight, more efficient, and safer vehicles and civil structures.  This research spans the fields of mechanics of materials, vibrations, composites, shape memory alloys, piezoelectrics, electronics, and signal analysis.

  • Sensor design to reduce data and simplify interpretation
  • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and automated damage detection
  • Ultrasonic signal transmission
  • Self-healing materials
Complex Systems Simulation Lab (CSSL)
Energy Conversion Efficiency Lab

Led by Professor Kevin Renken

Energy Advancement Research Lab

The Johnson Controls Energy Advancement Research Lab located in the Engineering and Mathematical Sciences building, creates an environment for Johnson Controls scientists to work with UWM students and faculty.

The lab enables “fast fail” experimentation to accelerate the development and commercialization of advanced energy storage technologies. This type of experimentation allows quick action to deliver against anticipated project outcomes – and the ability to stop if the outcomes are not met within a certain timeframe. More than a dozen projects are currently underway with six patents pending and 16 publications in academic journals.

Energy Storage Research Lab
Imaging and Metrology Lab

The Imaging and Metrology Lab led by Professor Yongjin Sung develops novel multidimensional imaging techniques and metrology instruments using the near-infrared, visible light, X-rays, and radioisotopes.

Radon Reduction Technology Lab

Led by Professor Kevin Renken

Our college has a wide range of faculty-led labs that perform cutting edge research. For a full list, click here.


Ryo Amano
  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Faculty Fellowship
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)
Brian Armstrong
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Ilya Avdeev
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Lubar Entrepreneurship Center (LEC)
  • Co-Founder and Executive Director, UWM Student Startup Challenge
  • Director (PI), Milwaukee Regional Energy Education Initiative
Woo Jin Chang
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Roshan D'Souza
  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Professorship
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Avie Judes
  • CEAS Lab Manager
  • Lab Manager, Makerspace
William Musinski
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering
Michael Nosonovsky
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Krishna Pillai
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Mohammad Qandil
  • Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering
  • Assistant Director, Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)
Deyang Qu
  • Johnson Controls Endowed Professor in Energy Storage Research
  • Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering
  • UWM Distinguished Professor
Mohammad Rahman
  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Chair, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Committee
  • Affiliate Professor, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering
  • Switzer Research Distinguished Fellow
John Reisel
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Secretary of the University
Kevin Renkin
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Pradeep Rohatgi
  • Distinguished Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Department
  • Distinguished Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Center for Advanced Manufacture of Materials
Nathan Salawitz
  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Faculty Fellowship
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Founder, Advanced Structures Laboratory
Brooke Slavens
  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Professor of Mechanical Engineering, EMS Office 1080
  • Affiliate Faculty of Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science & Technology
Nathaniel Stern
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor, Art & Design
  • Director, Student Startup Challenge
Yongjin Sung
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Mohamed Yahiaoui
  • Teaching Faculty 3, Mechanical Engineering
Xiaoxiao Zhang
  • Scientist I, Mechanical Engineering Department
Dong Zheng
  • Scientist III, Mechanical Engineering Department


Therese Crary
  • Advisor, Graduate Programs
  • Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Health Informatics
Bob Packard
  • Advisor, Graduate Programs
  • Civil/Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering

UWM is proud to be one of only two R1 research universities in Wisconsin. We’re also a top externally funded institution with robust opportunities for teaching and research assistantships. Partners that support our important research include:

  • National Academy of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine
  • National Science Foundation
  • United States Department of Defense
  • United States Department of Energy
  • Regional businesses: Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation, Harley Davidson, We Energies