Queen's Mechanical and Materials Engineering is a leader in project-based, team-oriented, and hands-on learning. The department is based in McLaughlin Hall, with additional facilities in Nicol Hall and Jackson Hall.

Our program offerings include an undergraduate program, research-based degrees at both the master's and doctoral level, a professional master's degree, and multiple collaborative programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

With a focus on professional skills development and experiential learning, we pride ourselves on preparing our undergraduate students for success in the broad field of mechanical engineering.

Our world-class faculty and facilities allow our graduate students to achieve their full academic and research potential. We have four research core groups that cover Biomechanical Engineering, Design and Manufacturing, Energy and Fluid Systems, and Materials Engineering. Multidisciplinary collaborations are encouraged across departments, faculties, and universities.

Queen’s Mechanical and Materials Engineering is also home to the McLaughlin Hall Machine Shop. The Machine Shop is a full-service machine and fabrication shop located on the first floor of McLaughlin Hall. We provide services to faculty, research and student teams, and the greater university community.

We encourage you to discover the opportunities, challenges, and excitement of mechanical and materials engineering.


The Department is part of the Stephen J.R. Smith Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University. Smith Engineering is changing the face of engineering education, so future engineers can be leaders in the face of complex and multidisciplinary global issues, building on four key pillars:

  1. Problem-based, experiential learning oriented toward the world’s grand challenges.

    A transformative approach to engineering education needs to incorporate problem-based learning across the program to ensure students engage with others and develop novel, technically sound solutions to a broad range of societal challenges in an ethical, sustainable, and humanistic way.

  2. A humanistic approach to engineering.

    A human-centered mindset will be cultivated in students and faculty to frame problems, ensuring that knowledge and creativity are brought to solutions that will have the greatest impact, recognizing and driving “problem-solution” fit through observation, insight and empathy.

    Alongside students’ grounding in fundamental and applied sciences, Smith Engineering needs to incorporate a systematic inclusion of social science and humanities knowledge.

  3. Competency-based education to ensure subject mastery.

    Program-wide competency-based education must communicate progression to students on their competence, allow students to articulate their abilities to employers and ensuring that all graduating students possess the required knowledge and skills.

    This fundamental shift can provide ongoing feedback to students on their progress toward meeting all program requirements, and repeated opportunities to improve at an individualized pace, and will significantly help students articulate their skills to employers.

  4. Experiential learning where students learn through practice.

    A new model of education must provide all our students with innovative professional development and experiential learning opportunities and ensure that community and industry insight is embedded into curricular and extra-curricular experiences.

    What is needed is an approach that provides significant relationship and experience within industry.