Department of Mechanical Engineering

The department, founded in 1967, offers undergraduate as well as research and graduate programs in mechanical engineering and biomedical mechanical engineering.

Mechanical engineering students assembling parts.

Discover this department

Mechanical engineering is a very broad field. It encompasses machines, materials, energy, manufacturing, automation, biomedical engineering, aerospace and more. The department’s expertise and programs fully cover this breadth, offering students a broadly based education and a wide range of career choices.

Faculty of Engineering
Campus building
Faculty of Engineering

New JELF funding bolsters projects in sustainable construction, exercise accessibility and food safety

Three uOttawa Faculty of Engineering research projects have received JELF program funding. The projects seek to mitigate the environmental impact of t…
Faculty of Engineering
Tecnologico de Monterrey
Faculty of Engineering

Research partnership between the uOttawa Faculty of Engineering and Tec de Monterrey opens door to discoveries in global health research

The University of Ottawa has joined forces with Mexico’s Tecnológico de Monterrey through a joint seed grant program. This year, five joint research p…
Faculty of Engineering
Roland Bouffanais
Faculty of Engineering

Promoting an open dialogue between science, society, and technology

Professor Roland Bouffanais fosters cross-disciplinary exploration of complex systems to understand and predict how they affect humanity.


Undergraduate programs

Graduate programs


The Department of Mechanical Engineering accepts around 200 new undergraduate students and 100 graduate students a year.

It currently has 21 full-time professors and four emeritus professors, who are actively pursuing research in cutting edge laboratories and supervising graduate students in six strong research programs: advanced materials and manufacturing engineering, biomedical engineering, solid mechanics and design engineering, dynamics, controls, automation and robotics, aeronautical engineering, thermal and fluids engineering.

Department research areas

Research chairs

Isabelle Catelas
Canada Research Chair in Bioengineering and Orthopaedics for the Study of Musculoskeletal Diseases

Catherine Mavriplis
NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering and Professor

Stavros Tavoularis
Endowed and Sponsored Research Chairs HPCVL - Sun Microsystems Chair in Computational Science and Engineering