The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara was founded in 1964. Our world-class faculty offers accredited programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). The outstanding educational and research opportunities in our department are further enhanced by the many interdisciplinary activities that abound at UCSB.

Mission Statement

We offer an education that prepares our students to become leaders of the engineering profession and one which empowers them to engage in a lifetime of learning and achievement.


Francesco BulloFrancesco Bullo
Professor and Chair

Francesco BulloFrederic Gibou
Professor and Vice Chair


Department Facts & Figures

Academic Statistics

  • 330
    Undergraduate Enrollment, Fall 2013
  • 73
    Graduate Enrollment, Fall 2013
  • 36
    Faculty & Lecturers
  • 11:1
    Student:Faculty Ratio

Faculty Awards & Honors

  • 3
    National Academy of Engineering
  • 6
    ASME Fellows
  • 3
    IEEE Fellows
  • 1
    AAAS Fellow
  • 1
    Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellow
  • 7
    National Science Foundation CAREER Awards
  • 1
    Presidential Early Career Award
  • 1
    DARPA Young Investigator Award + View the full list of faculty awards and honors (coming soon)


1964 - Established as Department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering
2005 - Name change to Mechanical Engineering
2003 - Established the Mohammed Dahleh Award and Lecture Series (http://www.ece.ucsb.edu/ccdc/Mohammed_dahleh/)

Department Chairs

2013-Present:  Francesco Bullo
2008-2013:  Kimberly Turner
2007-2008:  George "Bud" Homsy
2003-2007:  Eckart Meiburg
1999-2003:  Robert McMeeking
1995-1999:  Robert Odette
1992-1995:  Robert McMeeking
1987-1992:  Frederick Leckie
1983-1987:  Jean-Louis Armand
1981-1983:  Wilbert Lick
1981-1983:  Frederick Milstein