The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for the Mechanical Engineering Department Chair position with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2023.

Candidates must be qualified for the appointment at the rank of Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and have a strong track record in publications and attracting research funding from diverse sources. Evidence of scientific and organizational leadership, educational innovation, outstanding communication abilities, and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives (DEI) is essential. A demonstrated track record of excellence in administrative effectiveness is preferred.

The Mechanical Engineering faculty has built strong interdisciplinary research and educational programs on the foundation of core mechanical engineering disciplines and provides a first-class education while engaging in research at the frontiers of knowledge. The Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering will promote and actively work with the faculty to realize this departmental vision of academic leadership and excellence, and will represent the Department to the academic community, industry, and government. The Chair will actively work with faculty in the Department and across the University to identify and pursue innovations in research, education, and service. This individual will lead the Department and the College in strategic planning in the above context. The College is undergoing a growth phase in terms of faculty and facilities.  The Chair is also responsible for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the Department, College and University.

The Department faculty’s strong commitment and contributions to research and education are well recognized nationally and internationally. Annual research expenditures are approximately $7 Million. Research strengths are in broad areas of advanced manufacturing, aerospace, biomechanics, combustion, control, design, dynamics, energy, fluid dynamics, machine learning, robotics, solid mechanics, sustainability, and thermal transport, among others. Current enrollment is approximately 200 graduate students and 1500 undergraduate students.

MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is adjacent to the city of East Lansing and the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 541,000.  Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. Michigan State University is proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual-career couples, both inside and outside the University. Information about MSU’s dual-career support can be found at  Information about WorkLife at MSU and the College of Engineering can be found at and

Interested individuals should submit an application for this position through and refer to posting #820509 Applicants must submit 1) a detailed resume, 2) a cover letter summarizing their qualifications and leadership approach, 3) a statement of vision for the department, 4) a statement on their vision for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in research, instruction and mentoring for students, staff and faculty, and 5) the names and contact information for five professional references.

Data indicates a paucity of underrepresented minorities and women faculty in mechanical engineering; individuals belonging to these group are strongly encouraged to apply. For full consideration, applications should be received before December 15, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the position is filled. Nominations or questions are welcome by contacting the search committee chair by email at

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

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