Arvind Agarwal

Distinguished University Professor and Chair 

I would like to welcome you to the FIU Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) which offers a curriculum that is designed to give the student a thorough understanding of the basic laws of science and advanced analysis and design skills to stimulate and develop creative thinking, a professional attitude, economic judgment, and environmental consciousness. The aim is to develop the students’ potential to the fullest, to prepare the students for superior performance as mechanical engineers, and to provide the students with the fundamental principles necessary for pursuing advanced study in the diverse fields of engineering, science, and business. The MME’s Masters’ and Ph.D. graduate programs cover a range of subdisciplines: fluid/thermal sciences and energy systems, materials design and processing, nanotechnology, robotics and manufacturing, and multidisciplinary computational design & optimization.

MME department is focused and committed on giving its students a world-class learning experience in an environment that strongly promotes research and innovation and ties with the industries. I invite MME alumni, friends and wellwishers to support the department and its students in its endeavors. I look forward to hearing from you.




Dr. Arvind Agarwal is a Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL, USA. He also serves as the Director of the School of Biomedical, Materials and Mechanical (SBMME). Prof. Agarwal served as Director of the Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute (AMERI) at FIU from 2012-2022, which has more than 25 faculty users and 70 Ph.D. students working in nanotechnology, materials characterization, and materials processing. He served as the Associate Dean for Research at the FIU College of Engineering and Computing during 2015-17.

Prof. Agarwal’s current research interests include advanced materials processing, cold spray, plasma spray, surface engineering, spark plasma sintering, ultrahigh temperature ceramics, nanocomposites and coatings, nanoindentation, and mechanical properties of biological materials. He has published over 375 technical articles, including 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, 3 books, and 7 edited books. He has delivered ~200 presentations at national and international conferences, including 35 keynote/invited lectures. Prof. Agarwal is the inventor of 15 U.S. patents and 12 more pending. His patents have been licensed at both National and International levels. Prof. Agarwal’s research is funded by NSF, ONR, AFOSR, ARO, ARL, NASA, DOE, and industries. Prof. Agarwal has mentored more than 50 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in his lab. His students and mentees are employed as faculty members, national lab scientists, and senior engineers in the industry within the USA and globally. Prof. Agarwal has received several honors and awards at the national level. This includes the Defense Tech Connect Award for Top 15% Technologies (2018) and the Nanomaterials and Energy Prize (Best Journal Paper) twice in 2017 and 2020. He is listed among the World’s Top 2% of Most Cited Scientists by Stanford University. He received FIU President’s Council Outstanding Professor for sustained excellence in research, teaching, and service. Prof. Agarwal is an elected Fellow of ASM International, the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), and the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). Prof. Agarwal was elected Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in 2020.