Chair's Message

A Message from the School Chair: William J. Wepfer

William B. WepferWelcome to the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech and thank you for visiting our website. Please take a few minutes to view the video above which gives you a brief overview of the Woodruff School.  As you peruse the website, you will find more details about the quality, depth, and variety of our programs.

Georgia Tech opened its doors in 1888 with mechanical engineering being its only degree-granting program during the Institute’s first eight years. Mechanical Engineering has grown over the years: from the original shop or trade culture to a professional curriculum with experimental laboratories and multi-disciplinary challenges. Today, we are the largest enrollment academic unit on campus.   However, throughout our history one thing has always remained constant: excellence in creating and building products, devices, and systems that make the world a better place!

Mechanical Engineering is an excellent general education for today's technological world.  MEs conceive, construct, test, and operate all kinds of mechanical, thermal, and biological devices. MEs are the backbone of the profession and work in every industry — from transportation, telecommunications, energy, and electronics to bioengineering, commerce, and manufacturing — in business, government, and universities. Georgia Tech's highly-ranked undergraduate mechanical engineering program encompasses cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary areas, such as acoustics, bioengineering, materials, manufacturing, robotics, and MEMS.  The Woodruff School also includes highly-ranked programs in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics.

The research activities of our faculty and students are varied and the size of our program allows us to provide challenging experiences for our students in areas beyond the typical core of mechanical engineering programs. Multi-disciplinary programs are strongly encouraged and the research experience of our faculty is brought to the classroom, giving students a sense of how mechanical engineering contributes to solving the world’s grand challenges.

Please enjoy your visit to the Woodruff School.  Connect with us further via social media and be sure to contact us with any questions.

William J. Wepfer
Eugene C. Gwaltney Jr. School Chair
information@me.gatech.edu