Innovative research ideas generally transcend the scope of a single discipline, which is why UC Merced’s School of Engineering is built within an interdisciplinary framework. The collaborative environment fosters a culture of creativity among both undergraduate and graduate students.
We have researchers exploring climate change, agtech, artificial intelligence, the long-term effects of oil spills, big data systems, ocean deoxygenation, data drones, nanomaterials research, bioengineering, solar power, to name just a few current projects.
The school has five disciplinary undergraduate degree programs:
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
The School of Engineering oversees four interdisciplinary graduate groups/programs:
- Bioengineering and Small-Scale Technologies (BEST)
- Environmental Systems (ES)
- Mechanical Engineering (ME)
- Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
All professors and lecturers have the potential to span graduate groups and undergraduate majors. We have several faculty members who have cross-school hires with both the School of Natural Sciences and the School Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, and a number of engineering faculty are members of other UC Merced graduate groups outside of engineering. A fifth emphasis area, Technology Management, has been initiated by the hire of new faculty members, one of whom holds a cross-school appointment with the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.
The School of Engineering leverages research and teaching to serve the San Joaquin Valley and California. Our program distinguishes itself via the intensity and quantity of our scholarship and service engagements with communities throughout the San Joaquin Valley. But beyond that, the valley serves as a bellwether for the future of our nation and of many regions around the globe by virtue of our demographics and geography.
By bringing science, engineering and management thinking to problems at the nexus of food, energy, water, air pollution and health care services, we aim to solve local problems that will have global impact.