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Mechanical and Civil Engineers shape our physical environment from the cities we live in, the machines we use, the way we travel, the energy that powers these to delivering the water we need. An integral part of Caltech for over a century, these disciplines have attracted exceptional individuals and addressed the critical technological challenges of the day. Our particular interests evolve with time, but our core mission of training the leaders of tomorrow and conducting fundamental research to address major technological roadblocks remains constant. Today, you will find students and faculty working on nanostructured fuel cells, study of earthquakes ranging from the source to their impact on buildings, active ferroelectric materials and devices, neural prosthetics, debris flows, response of structures against accidental explosion, water resources, efficient combustion processes, quantum mechanical origins of the strength of materials and design. Read more»

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