Mechanical Engineering Research

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Our students and faculty know what tomorrow needs. Mechatronics studies combine the concepts of engineering, robotics, automation and controls. That matters because Artificial Intelligence helps businesses stay competitive. And employees with this specialized knowledge have a competitive edge in the hiring process.

Advancing Research for the World

Research efforts in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics are at the forefront of innovation in diverse areas, advancing knowledge and technology along disciplinary lines. The goal central to our work is to contribute to securing environmental, industrial, and societal sustainability.

The department’s initiatives are highly collaborative and multidisciplinary, involving researchers from engineering, the physical and life sciences, and business. Our projects integrate the nano- through global scales and embrace manufacturing, design, mechanics, materials, and energy systems. Multi-scale technologies are pervasive in engineering applications and systems, including biomedical technologies, sensing and controls, nano- and multi-functional materials, and molecular modeling. Research today occurs at the interfaces of different fields of engineering and science. To stay at the forefront of technology, these research thrusts are designed to encourage collaboration across the department and University.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has ranked our department twenty-second in research expenditures in FY 2012, with $13.981 million among all Mechanical Engineering Departments in the United States.

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