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About the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Welcome to Clemson University's Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME). The department is well recognized nationally and internationally for its excellence in engineering education, research contributions, and scholarships and service. We are one of the largest academic departments in South Carolina, and a significant source of engineering graduates for the state and the nation. Our faculty is proud of its significant contributions to the development of knowledge and educational innovations in Mechanical Engineering. The faculty members are a dedicated group of engineering professionals, with currently seven out of twenty-three having received the prestigious National Science Foundation Career grant, many fellows of engineering societies, editors or associate editors of professional journals, and winners of very prestigious competitive grants. The department undergoes continuous improvement to adapt to the evolving needs of the profession, but remains committed to excellence in research, education, and service to society.

We offer accredited academic programs leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering. We prepare our students to become technical leaders who can function as valuable, productive and responsible members of society, aware of their ethical responsibilities, of the need to continuously improve and of the challenges and the opportunities of globalization. Our graduates of these programs are highly marketable, and the majority lands jobs before they graduate. Many of our B.S. graduates chose to pursue advanced degrees at Clemson or at other top institutions, and some pursue MBAs, medicine or law degrees. Our graduate research program spans a broad and diverse range of topics in the general areas of thermal fluid sciences, dynamic systems and controls, design and manufacturing, and applied mechanics. Our funding sources are well balanced between industry and government and reflect our applied as well as science based focus.

The ME department is made up of 32 tenured/tenure track faculty and 7 full-time and part-time lecturers. These are supported by 10 technical and administrative support staff. We have over 1,000 undergraduate students (sophomore through senior year) and around 185 graduate students, roughly divided 30% Ph.D., 70% M.S. We are currently looking for additional tenure/tenure track faculty and lecturers, and have to grow to keep up with the growing demand for our programs. In 2016-17 we graduated 220 BS, 47 MS and 16PhD students. 

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Dr. Atul Kelkar

Dr. Atul Kelkar
D.W. Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Department Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering
100 Fluor Daniel Building EIB
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0921
Office: (864) 656-5620
Fax: (864) 656-2482