Howdy! The J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, with its main campus in College Station, Texas, and a branch campus in Doha, Qatar, has a strong local, national, and international reputation as a premier undergraduate and graduate research institution. In recent years, our department has advanced its reputation with a strong competitive graduate program and a superb undergraduate program. In collaboration with the College of Engineering and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), we continue to strengthen our position as a major center of excellence where scientific research is conducted, and where technological advances and breakthroughs are realized.

Historically, much of the department’s fine reputation is founded on its undergraduate program. It is recognized for its solid background in mechanical engineering fundamentals, and for having instilled a strong work ethic, as well as a ‘can-do attitude’ among its graduates. The abiding appreciation of former students from the mechanical engineering program fuels much of the generous support we receive. We maintain a continually updated, strong undergraduate mechanical engineering program to better serve today’s students.

In 2013, Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, announced the 25x25 initiative, in which the College of Engineering plans to add an additional 25,000 students by the year 2025. The initiative provides an unparalleled opportunity for growth at all levels; including onsite undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students, as well as distance learning students. This will enable the department to be at the forefront of undergraduate and graduate education and research. Our faculty is firmly committed to strengthening the mechanical engineering graduate program in order for the department to move to toward preeminence.

The department’s doctoral program is critical to our mission. Currently, more than 200 students are enrolled in the program, which produces highly trained mechanical engineers for placement as professors and researchers at competitive universities; in industries nationally and internationally; and as researchers in national laboratories. The J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering continues to enhance its offering of cutting-edge technology graduate courses. This helps ensure that our doctoral students are prepared to make significant contributions in emerging technologies such as alternative forms of energy production, storage and distribution, and interdisciplinary large-scale societal problems as they relate to human health and the environment.

We also have a large M.S. program with more than 200 students who are an integral part of the research enterprise of the department. These students are supported primarily by competitive federal research grants, as well as major research centers such as the Turbomachinery Laboratory, Energy Systems Laboratory, and the Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems.

I am excited to see what the future holds for our department and invite you to join us on our incredible journey. Whether you are a prospective undergraduate or graduate student, a faculty or staff member, a former student, an industry advisor or a government or industry recruiter, you'll find that the J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M is a great place. The purpose of this site is to feature program information, department news and events, and items of interest. However, if you don't find what you are looking for, or if you would like additional information, please contact me by mail, telephone, fax, or email. 


Andreas A. Polycarpou, Ph.D.
Department Head
James J. Cain Chair in Mechanical Engineering
Meinhard H. Kotzebue '14 Professor
Office: 100 Mechanical Engineering Office Building
Phone: 979-845-5337 Fax: 979-845-3081