George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering is the oldest and second largest department in the College of Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering
The College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technologyprovides formal education and research in more than 10 fields of engineering, including:...

 at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology is a public research university in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States...

. The school offers degree programs in mechanical engineering
Mechanical engineering
Mechanical engineering is a discipline of engineering that applies the principles of physics and materials science for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is the branch of engineering that involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for the...

 and nuclear and radiological engineering
Nuclear engineering
Nuclear engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the application of the breakdown as well as the fusion of atomic nuclei and/or the application of other sub-atomic physics, based on the principles of nuclear physics...

 that are accredited by ABET
Abet may refer to:* Abet Guidaben , former Philippine Basketball Association basketball player* ABET, Inc., a non-profit organization that accredits higher education programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology....

. According to US News & World Report 2011, the school ranks 2rd in undergraduate mechanical engineering, 6th in graduate mechanical engineering, and 8th in graduate nuclear and radiological engineering.

The School took its present name in 1985, honoring George W. Woodruff
George W. Woodruff
George Waldo Woodruff was an engineer, businessman, and philanthropist in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the Georgia School of Technology in 1917 and gave generously to both his alma mater and Emory University, including George Waldo Woodruff (August 27, 1895 - February 4, 1987 in Atlanta, Georgia)...

 (class of 1917), one of its major benefactors.

The G. W. Woodruff School is the only academic institution to be recognized as the a Mechanical Engineering Heritage Site by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is a professional body, specifically an engineering society, focused on mechanical engineering....


Degrees Offered

The G. W. Woodruff School offers two undergraduate degrees, five graduate degrees, and four post-graduate degrees.
  • BS: Mechanical Engineering
  • BS: Nuclear and Radiological Engineering

  • MS: Mechanical Engineering
  • MS: Nuclear Engineering
  • MS: Medical Physics
  • MS: Paper Science & Engineering
  • MS: Bioengineering

  • PhD: with a Major in Mechanical Engineering
  • PhD: with a Major in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering
  • PhD: with a Major in Bioengineering
  • PhD: with a Major in Paper Science & Engineering


The G.W. Woodruff School occupies eight buildings, most of which located in west campus.
  • Fuller E. Callaway, Jr. Manufacturing Research Center (MARC)
    • Integrated Acoustics Laboratory (anechoic-chamber)
    • Manufacturing, CAE/Design, and Automation/ Mechatronics research groups
  • Manufacturing Related Disciplines Complex (MRDC)
    • Tribology and Mechanics of Materials research groups
    • Student machine shops
  • J. Erskine Love Jr. Manufacturing Building (MRDC II)
    • Underwater acoustics tank, wind tunnel, and MEMS clean room
    • Acoustics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and MEMS research groups
  • Frank H. Neely Research Center
    Neely Nuclear Research Center
    The Frank H. Neely Nuclear Research Center, also known as the Neely Research Reactor and the Georgia Tech Research Reactor is a nuclear engineering research center on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus, which had a live, 5 megawatt heavy-water-cooled research reactor from 1961 until 1996....

    • Nuclear and Radiological Engineering/Medical Physics program
    • Fission, Fusion, and Medical Physics research groups
  • Parker H. Petit Biotechnology Building
    • Bioengineering research group
  • Institute of Paper Science and Technology
    • Heat Transfer research group
  • IPST Centennial Engineering Building
  • Student Competition Center
    Student Competition Center
    The Student Competition Center is a building at Georgia Tech, also known as the Mechanical Engineering Research Building or the "Tin Building," is home to GT Offroad, RoboJackets, GT Motorsports, and Wreck Racing. The building, operated by the George W...

     (Tin Building)
    • Houses various student competition groups, including gt motorsports, GT Off-Road (the SAE-baja team), Robojackets
      RoboJackets is a group of Georgia Tech students, faculty, and alumni that aims to enhance the understanding of the field of robotics and its applications as well as to increase of the number of students exposed to it...

       and Wreck Racing
      Wreck Racing
      Wreck Racing is a Georgia Tech automotive competition team, based in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. The team is composed of undergraduate and graduate students from the various schools within GA Tech and is based in the Student Competition Center on the North edge of Tech's Atlanta...

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