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J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University
The J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University led U.S. mechanical engineering programs in the global ShanghaiRanking of academic subjects. | Image: Texas A&M Engineering

Texas A&M University is ranked No. 3 internationally and No. 1 nationally among mechanical engineering programs for 2021 by ShanghaiRanking.

Xi'an Jiatong University and the University of Cambridge took the top two spots, respectively.

"This recognition among our international peers is a reflection of our outstanding faculty and the impactful work they do," said Dr. Guillermo Aguilar, James and Ada Forsyth Professor and head of the J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M. "Our department will continue to support and empower our faculty to continue their pursuit of research worthy of international recognition."

Texas A&M is first among U.S. universities, ahead of Stanford University at No. 6, California Institute of Technology at No. 7, University of California, San Diego at No. 8, Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 9 and Northwestern University at No. 10.

Initiated in 2009, the ShanghaiRanking global ranking of academic subjects uses a range of objective academic indicators and third-party data to measure the performance of more than 1800 universities world universities across 93 countries. Indicators include research output, research influence, international collaboration, research quality and international academic awards.