University of California, Riverside

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. Our mission is to provide quality education, conduct strong research, foster close partnership with industry and government, and provide related service to the campus community and the community at large. The mission is guided by a commitment to continuous improvement in the overall quality of teaching, research, and service, while adhering to the highest standard of ethics. More

News and Spotlights: 2014-2015 


Professor Mathaudhu to Receive NATIONAL AWARD for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT in Dr. Suveen MathaudhuEngineering Communications

"Named to receive the Norm Augustine Award for his compelling and innovative approach of engaging children, young people, and the general public with a better understanding of real science and technology by use of pop culture and other nontraditional means of communicating excitement about STEM."

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The most recent videos feature Professors Guillermo Aguilar and Marko Princevac.  Please use the links below to view the latest videos.  (Dr. Aguilar) (Dr. Princevac)


Professor Aguilar Receives Educator of the Year Award at SHPEGuillermo Aguilar

At the 2014 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) National Conference in Detroit, MI, Professor Guillermo Aguilar was the recipient of the “Educator of the Year Award” for higher education. The Educator of the Year Award for Higher Education recognized the exemplary contributions made by an administrator or a tenure-track/tenured faculty member to improve the learning environment for Hispanic students. 

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Call for Papers: Education and Training in Optics & Photonics (ETOP) 2015

ETOP is a biennial conference that brings together educators from around the world to share information about the practice of teaching optics at all levels. The teaching of optics and photonics, critical fields at the core of today's world-wide technological infrastructure, must continually be upgraded and renewed in order to meet the growing demands of research, science and industry. For more information…


UC Riverside team wins Gold Project Award at BIOMOD 2014

A team of  UCR undergraduate students and their mentors won a Gold Project Award at the 2014 Biomolecular Design franco groupCompetition (BIOMOD), sponsored by the Wyss Institute at Harvard University. The team was advised by Mechanical Engineering assistant professor Elisa Franco. The team worked on a project that combined experiments and numerical simulations to build RNA molecular circuits that behave like switches and timers. These circuits may enable the creation of smart chemical reactions capable of autonomous decision making like computers and smartphones. Outside links:;

Professor Mathaudhu Attends Materials Science and Technology Conference and Curates Superhero Exhibit in Pittsburghshield

"Comic-tanium: The Super Materials of the Superheroes" is a new ToonSeum exhibition that shows how Batman, Iron Man, Captain America and other characters use "real-world" science and engineering to boost their powers and save the day. The mission of "Comic-tanium," a joint effort of the ToonSeum and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society: "To inspire K-12 students to pursue science and engineering careers.... read story

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Welcome Professor Suveen MathaudhuDr. Suveen Mathaudhu

The department welcomes Dr. Suveen Mathaudhu.  Dr. Mathaudhu received his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2006.  There, he studied "top-down" processing methods, such as severe plastic deformation, and "bottom-up" processing methods, such as powder consolidation to produce bulk nanocrystalline and metastable metals for structural and defense applications.  He subsequently served as an ORISE post-doctoral Fellow and then a Staff Scientist as the U.S. Army Research Laboratory from 2006-2010.  From 2010-2014, he was the Program Manager for the Synthesis and Processing of Materials at the U.S. Army Research Office, and also, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at North Carolina State University.  He is active in several Technical societies, including the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, the Materials Research Society and ASM International.  He is also an expert on the science of superheroes as depicted in comic books and their associated movies, and frequently speaks and consults on this subject.

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