From zero-gravity experiments in space to developing nano-materials for biomedical application, faculty within the Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department engage in a variety of innovative research areas.  At Portland State University, students can work in tandem with faculty who are locally and internationally recognized as academics on the forefront of their endeavors.

Department Research can be categorized into three specialty areas:  Design & Manufacturing, Materials Science, and Thermal & Fluid Science. 

Mechanical & Materials Engineering research at Portland State is supported by major grants from a multitude of organizations and industry partners.

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of one's sex or gender, which includes sexual harassment. Portland State University's Title IX Coordinator is Julie Caron, 503.725.4410, PSU's Title IX Deputy Coordinator is Yesenia Gutierrez: 503.725.4413, The Title IX Coordinator can assist you with addressing any concerns or in filing an internal complaint through the Office of Equity and Compliance.

If you have questions about filing a complaint with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) you may contact the Western Region’s office at 206-607-1600 or

Information regarding NASA-funded nondiscriminatory policies, and how to make a complaint with NASA, can be found in the NASA MissionSTEM brochure.