Chair's Message


A Message from the School Chair: Dr. Samuel Graham

Welcome to the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech!

With approximately 3,000 students,100 faculty members, and 70 staff members, we are one of the largest mechanical engineering programs in the country. We are consistently ranked as one of the top 10 mechanical engineering programs in the U.S. at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and continuously innovate to keep our school at the forefront of engineering education. Our size and resources allow us to offer a diversity of educational and research opportunities that enable us to produce highly sought after engineering professionals. We offer degrees in both Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at the undergraduate level and pride ourselves in strong interdisciplinary research activities at the graduate level, leading to the awarding of over 600 B.S., 200 M.S., and 65 Ph.D. degrees annually.

The Woodruff School strongly believes in encouraging experiential learning activities in our program, spanning from the classroom to hands-on innovation. We offer an integrated set of lecture, design, and laboratory courses that help to push and prepare our students to address demanding engineering challenges. Over half of our students participate in a study abroad program, at the undergraduate level, through our Georgia Tech Lorraine campus in Metz, France and other locations around the world. We have invested in a world class, student run Makers Space to allow students the freedom to prototype and explore ideas that they develop either inside or outside of the classroom. This Makers Space provides a variety of resources open to all students and includes the Georgia Tech Invention Studio, the Montgomery Machining Mall, the ME Electronics Shop, a wood shop, and the newly created IDEA Lab – all housed in a contiguous space within the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Beyond the Makers Space, we also provide our students opportunities through the CREATE-X Program and InVenture Prize that teach our students about the commercialization process and provide resources to get them started.

At the graduate level, we perform research in areas such as Mechanics, Robotics and Automation, Thermal Sciences, Energy Systems, Bioengineering, Fluid Mechanics, Nuclear and Medical Physics, Acoustics, Tribology, Design, and Manufacturing. We average around $40M in new research awards annually which provides for a rich set of research opportunities in world class facilities at Georgia Tech. We have invested in major facilities updates in recent years including the Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility and an expansion for our Robotics and Automation research group. The Woodruff School plays a strong role in several Interdisciplinary Research Institutes on campus including the Institute for Bioscience and Bioengineering, Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology, Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, and the Strategic Energy Institute. We also have strategic partnerships with several DOE National Laboratories that also give our students unique opportunities for research.

In summary, the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering is an innovative and thriving educational and research environment that is making significant contributions to society. I am excited that we will have the opportunity to continue to shape and define the future of Mechanical Engineering. We invite you to explore our department and look forward to the opportunity to interact with you in the near future.

Samuel Graham, Jr.
Eugene C. Gwaltney, Jr. Chair and Professor