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Mechanical Engineering Department

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Student Highlights MIDN 1/C Rachel Wible 1 of 36 students nationwide to win a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Read more here.


Student Highlights See what Mechanical Engineering students are up to in Prof. Ratcliffe's EM215 Class! See the video here!


Faculty Highlights The Nuclear Engineering Major at the United States Naval Academy welcomes Assistant Professors Elizabeth Getto and Stephen McHale. Read more about their research here.


Six Mechanical Engineering faculty are recognized for yard-wide teaching and service awards. Read about their achievements here.

MIDN Jennifer Coletta Presenting Research

Research Highlights MIDNS 1/C Drew Brenn and Leslie Ann Alasagas win awards at the 2017 American Nuclear Society Student Conference. Read more about their work here.

Prof. Joel Schubbe teaching students

Research Highlights Prof. Joel Schubbe is determining the mechanisms that result in materials degradation due to a newly recognized phenomenon called Corrosion Fatigue. You can read more about his work in a recent issue of Advanced Materials & Processes.


The mechanical engineering program supports the Academy's mission by providing midshipmen with a broad education in mechanical engineering subjects and a knowledge of fundamental engineering principles that enhance their ability to understand and design naval systems and to supervise the operation of these systems.   The Mechanical Engineering Department strives to maintain faculty, curriculum, and supporting facilities which facilitate excellence in undergraduate teaching.

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Contact Information

United States Naval Academy 
Mechanical Engineering Department 
590 Holloway Road 
Annapolis, Maryland 21402

Telephone: 410 293 6500
Fax 410 293 3041
Email USNA ME Dept
Yard mail Stop 11/C


Two Students Win Awards at American Nuclear Society Student Conference

Every year the American Nuclear Society organizes a student conference where undergraduate and graduate students from universities across the country gather to communicate their work.
This year we sent seven students to present work done as part of Trident Scholar, Bowman Scholar and Independent research projects. Two of the seven students were recognized by the conference judging committee:
MIDN 1/C Drew Brenn: Best undergraduate presentation in the Radiation Protection and Shielding technical session.

MIDN 1/C Leslie Ann Alasagas received two awards: Best Presentation in the Accelerator Applications technical track and Best Overall Research
You can read about their achievements here.
Prof. Ron Warzoha, Prof. Andrew Smith and MIDN 1/C Ashim Bajwa given Outstanding Paper Award at Itherm
Asst. Prof. Ron Warzoha, Prof. Andrew Smith and MIDN 1/C Ashim Bajwa were recently given an Outstanding Paper Award at this year's International Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems for their work on the development of an improved steady-state thermal measurement system capable of resolving thermal impedances across interfaces at resolutions that are two orders of magnitude better than what had previously been achieved.

Prof. Ralph Volino Recently Elected as Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Prof. Ralph Volino was recently elected as a Fellow of the ASME for scientific contributions to the understanding and modeling of flow conditions typical for gas turbine blades including rough wall flows, boundary layer transition on curved surfaces in high free stream turbulence, boundary layer separation and reattachment on the suction surface of low pressure turbine airfoils, and turbine blade film cooling.

LT CDR Ethan Lust, Prof. Luksa Luznik and Prof. Karen Flack awarded 3rd Best Paper Award

LT CDR Ethan Lust, Prof. Luksa Luznik and Prof, Karen Flack were recently awarded a 3rd place best paper award for 2015 in the International Journal of Marine Energy for their paper entitled "The influence of surface gravity waves on marine current turbine performance".

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