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Graphic of a student working in the lab with machinery and text reading 7th in the nation among public institutions.
In addition to its No. 7 ranking among public institutions, the department ranked No. 14 overall. | Image: Texas A&M Engineering

The mechanical engineering graduate program at Texas A&M University is ranked No. 7 among public institutions, according to the 2024 U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Graduate Schools rankings.

The ranking places the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering within the top 6% of public mechanical engineering programs nationwide from among 131 institutions and the top 8% overall.

The program held steady at both its No. 7 ranking from 2023 among public institutions and No. 14 overall ranking, including private institutions. The College of Engineering also held at its No. 6 ranking among public institutions.

“The continued recognition of our peers is greatly appreciated,” said Dr. Guillermo Aguilar, James and Ada Forsyth Professor and mechanical engineering department head. "To be considered so highly among the many distinguished mechanical engineering programs across the country is a great honor. We are incredibly proud of the tremendous impact our faculty, students and former students make in the world and look forward to continuing our mission of service and innovation.”

More than 550 students were enrolled in the department's master’s and doctoral programs combined as of the fall 2022 semester. The mechanical engineering department boasts nearly 100 faculty members — including seven National Academy of Engineering members — with 11 endowed chair holders, 14 endowed professorships and 12 faculty fellowships.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, the department ranks No. 7 for its undergraduate program and No. 6 for its online Master of Engineering program among public institutionsIt was also ranked No. 1 nationally and No. 4 overall internationally by ShanghaiRankings for 2022.