The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (College of Science and Engineering) that began with aircraft design is today leading the research efforts in entire aerospace systems. By offering comprehensive training that includes extensive hands-on experience, the students are made a part of the most challenging aspects of aerospace science. The department has the reputation of carrying out cutting-edge research, both on-campus and with leading government and private collaborators and involving students on live projects. About 16 specialized research centers and laboratories propel research at the department.

Programs Available:

  • Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM)
  • MS and Ph.D. in AEM.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Control of Aerospace Vehicles and Systems
  • Experimental and Theoretical Fluid Dynamics
  • Mechanics of Crystalline Material
  • Computational Fluid Mechanics


The Department of Biomedical Engineering has made its mark by continuously delivering the best engineering talent in biomedical sciences to industry and government. By laying stress on interdisciplinary sciences and inculcating in the students a spirit of innovation through original thinking and creative experimentation, the department has been able to maintain its ranking and better its research collaborations. Letting the students explore the different aspects of the field by offering them state-of-the-art facilities and ample course options has brought out the best in the department’s talents.

Programs Available:

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (BBmE)
  • BBmE + MS (5 years integrated)
  • MS (thesis, project and coursework options)
  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Biomaterials and Biointerfacial Science
  • Soft tissue mechanics & Cellular therapeutics
  • Biomechanics & blood/fluid dynamics
  • Biomedical imaging
  • Biomedical MEMS & tissue Engineering

List of Labs:

  • Medical Devices Center
  • Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM)


The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the U of M lays emphasis on designing courses and providing training that can lead to smarter solutions to the problems faced by humanity. Be the challenge of sustainable futures or safety or the quality of life, the students and faculty of the department have been at the forefront of offering solutions through their interdisciplinary approach which involves combining insights from various engineering disciplines.

Strong research collaborations and industry partnerships for placements ensure high employment rates for the students from the department.  The department boasts of 9 dedicated on-campus research centers and laboratories.

Programs Available:

  • Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • MS (part-time professional)
  • Ph.D. in Materials Science
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering
  • MS (part-time professional)
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

Areas of Expertise:

  • Biotechnology and Bioeng
  • Electronic and magnetic materials
  • Coating processes and interfacial eng
  • Polymers
  • Ceramics and metals
  • Reaction Eng & Chemical process Synthesis

List of Labs:

  • Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering
  • Center for Sustainable Polymers CSP

Civil, Environmental and Geoengineering

The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geoengineering cherishes the challenge of contributing technology, products, and designs that lead to resilient, efficient and sustainable infrastructure. Its world-class faculty pays special attention to upgrading the courses according to the emerging problems and industry demands of the civil engineering domain.

Ambition, imagination, and curiosity have driven the many research projects and collaborations which have contributed to enriching the experience of students as they train to become leaders.

Programs Available:

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering
  • MS (thesis, project or coursework based) and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering
  • MEng in Civil Engineering (thesis or only coursework based).

Areas of Expertise:

  • Solid and Fluid Mechanics
  • Environmental Monitoring and Restoration
  • Urban Networks
  • Hazard Prevention and Mitigation
  • Protecting Earth's Natural Systems
  • Protection of Critical Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Resources
  • Engineered Fracturing of Rock

List of Labs:

  • St.Anthony Falls Laboratory
  • Center for Transportation Studies

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the UofM believes in bringing the best out of its students by laying for them strong theoretical foundations. Strong industry linkages that have only been growing in quality and quantity over the years prove that the department has been able to enrich the theoretical knowledge of the students with practical insights and has allowed them to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to the various challenges of the domain. The hard and smart work of a world-class faculty reflects in their state-of-the-art course structures and higher employability rates for the students.

Programs Available:

  • BS, BA, Integrated 5 year Bachelor’s and Master’s, MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science
  • Master of Computer Science
  • MS in Data Science
  • MS in Software Engineering

Areas of Expertise:

  • AI and Robotics, Vision
  • Data Mining & Gis
  • Computer Architecture & Networks, Compilers
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Software, DB, HCI
  • High-Performance Computing

List of Labs: Charles Babbage Institute (CBI)

Electrical and Computer

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the UofM is one of the oldest in the US. With a faculty that is expert in some of the in-demand areas of electrical engineering, the department boasts of a system of continuous upgradation of the syllabi and courses. The department has industry linkages with the giants of IT and prominent government institutions.

Programs Available:

  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (BEE)
  • BEE/MS (combined 5 years) MS
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

Areas of Expertise:

  • Power Electronics and Systems
  • Telecom, Signal Processing, and Controls
  • Microelectronics, Mems, Nanoelectronics, Physical Electronics
  • Photonics, Magnetics, and Microwaves
  • Biomedical Devices and Systems
  • VLSI Design, Cad, Comp Architecture and Systems

List of labs:

  • Minnesota Nano Center (MNC)
  • Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces, and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN)

Industrial Engineering

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has stood at the forefront of the latest developments in the discipline. By focusing on some of the toughest industries in terms of management and operations as the basis of its course-designs and research projects, it ensures that its students have an edge over their competitors. The department is considered amongst the best in the US in Operations Research.

Programs Available:

  • MS and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • dual MS with Civil Engineering (Transportation Engineering track).

Specialization Tracks (MS):

  • Analytics
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Systems Engineering.

Research Facilities:

  • Enterprise Logistics Laboratory
  • Stochastic Modeling Laboratory
  • Center for Supply Chain Research.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Operations research, planning, logistics, human factors


The Department of Mechanical Engineering of the UofM is known for offering the most versatile engineering degree. The department has consistently extended the interdisciplinary frontiers of the mechanical engineering discipline by bringing in new courses. Its faculty has a knack for taking challenges head-on, and it is the same spirit that is instilled in the students as they gain valuable practical experience by working on live projects. It is a leader in thermal science and plasma technology research. 

Programs Available:

  • Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering
  • MS and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

Specialization Tracks (MS):

  • Biotransport, Biopreservation, & Biotechnology
  • Control Systems, Robotics, and Mechatronics
  • Combustion & Engines
  • Computational Physics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Fluid Power
  • Heat Transfer & Thermal Energy
  • Materials Science & Solid Mechanics
  • Medical Technologies & Devices
  • Multiphase Systems: Plasmas & Particulate Flows
  • Nanotechnology, Micro- Electromechanical Systems (MEMS)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Aerosol Science & Technology
  • Engine emissions
  • Nanotechnology
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Heat & Mass Transfer, Solar Processing & Thermochemistry
  • Plasma heat transfer & chemistry

List of Labs:

  • Engineering Research Center for Compact & Efficient Fluid Power
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