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ME Department History

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez was established in 1913 as part of the College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (CAAM). From its inception to supply engineers to a flourishing sugar industry in Puerto Rico, the ME Department has been committed to a high standard of excellence in teaching.

Hundreds of engineers have graduated through the solid five year program that the ME Department offers and occupy prestigious positions in industries all over the world but particularly in Puerto Rico and the United States. A graduate program at the Master’s level was introduced in 1967 to carry out academically relevant research.

The Department currently has an undergraduate student population of about 800 students, 25% of which is female. The average number of ME graduates fluctuates between 120 and 140 each year. At the graduate level, about 40 students are actively registered. There are 20 tenured and tenure-track faculty members who carry out high quality academic research in the areas of Thermal Sciences, Machine Sciences and Manufacturing and Materials Science. Research funding stands at $ 1.5-2 million annually and 10 M.S. students graduate every year. A Ph.D. program is awaiting approval and is expected to be implemented soon.

To provide well-trained human resources to a budding aerospace service industry, the ME Department is planning to offer a minor is aerospace engineering in the near future.