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Department of Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Atul Kelkar - Chair

Dr. Kelkar outside of Riggs Hall on campus.

Atul Kelkar's research portfolio spans a broad spectrum of application areas ranging from robotics, aerospace systems, vibration and acoustics to control of building energy systems and renewable energy. His research has also led to several patents, many of which have successfully transitioned from patented technologies to commercial products. Prior to coming to Clemson, Kelkar served as a program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF), co-leading the Dynamics, Control, and System Diagnostics Program in the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Division inside the Engineering Directorate.

  • 130 publications and sustained research funding lifetime total exceeds $9 million
  • Founded five start-up companies in areas ranging from smart materials to educational software
  • National research council associate at NASA Langley Research Center from 1993-1995
  • Fellow of ASME, Associate Fellow of AIAA, and a Senior Member of IEEE
Kelkar Profile

Department Administrators and Staff

Department Contacts
Name Title Email
Atul Kelkar Department Chair
Kathleen Grant Office Manager
Stone Tracy Accountant
Derrick Jordan Website, Publications

Please view the complete list of faculty and staff below in our department directory.

Department Directory

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has over 35 tenured/tenure track faculty and full-time and part-time lecturers who teach and perform research on a broad range of topics. The department has 13 administrative and technical staff members. Our staff is instrumental in the department's operations and support of faculty and students.

Academic Contacts

The Clemson University Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate degree program is an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science degree designed to provide students with engineering science and design knowledge. We offer two Masters of Science degrees (thesis and non-thesis options) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.

Please visit our tour page for information on campus tours, virtual meetings, and department visits.

Julie Markus
Undergraduate Student Services Manager

Irina Kharitinova
Graduate Student Services Coordinator

Advisory Board

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is advised by an Advisory Board comprised of the department chair and approximately nine to twelve industry leaders relevant to the department.