The Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE) is one of seven engineering departments at LSU. In the Mechanical Engineering (ME) program of the MIE department, there are currently 26 full-time faculty members. Graduate student enrollment, including both mechanical engineering and engineering science students supervised by the ME faculty, is about 60, nearly two-thirds of whom are in the Ph.D. program.
In the ME Program, most graduate students are financially supported through research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or fellowships. Research areas are broadly organized as mechanical systems, thermal sciences, and materials science and engineering. Individual faculty supervising graduate research specialize in a range of topics including robotics, controls, biomechanics, tribology, fluid dynamics, combustion, microsystems, materials science, advanced manufacturing, and others. Research is funded through grants from federal agencies (NSF, NASA, DoD, DoE, etc.), state government (Louisiana Board of Regents), national laboratories, and various industries.
Student organizations within the department include the ME Graduate Student Association (ME-GSA), Chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), The Materials Society (TMS) - American Society for Metals (ASM), and National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE). In addition, some mechanical engineering students belong to the college chapters of the Society of Black Engineers (SBE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE).