Harness the wind to power your automobile, make a lighter aircraft by exploiting the strength of nano fibers thinner than a hair, or determine the optimal route of a cargo ship through wind and current-laden seas. Mechanical engineering is a broad, versatile and creative discipline concerned with conversion of energy to useful work; the design and production of machines; and the interaction of solids, liquids and gases. A mechanical engineering degree provides a solid technical foundation for careers in fields as diverse as automotive, alternative energy, defense, medicine, patent law, manufacturing and aerospace. 

At Wayne State's College of Engineering, you'll learn from nationally renowned faculty experts and benefit from our High Impact Practices of Student Success: team-based learning, global perspective, undergraduate research, internships and co-ops, and community service.


Meet the Chair


Leela Arava

NSF CAREER award recipient. Expert in lightweight nanocomposite materials and electrochemical principles of energy systems such as batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells. Co-holder of eight patents and co-author of over 90 peer-reviewed publications.

Leela Arava