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Innovation in the Discipline

Interdisciplinary at its core, the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern focuses on optimizing and solving real world global challenges such as healthcare systems, energy systems, and resilience systems. Through a holistic thinking approach and partnerships with industry, our faculty and students are creating solutions to an ever changing world.

Education and Research Excellence
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Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the heart of a Northeastern education and encompasses our co-op program as well as project-based learning, research, global experiences, service learning, and student organizations.

BS, MS, and PhD Degrees
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Interdisciplinary Research

A vibrant research enterprise spans 12 disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research themes addressing global challenges and includes partnerships, collaborations, and funding with industry, academia, and government agencies.

Addressing Global Challenges
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Engaged Community

Join our welcoming, inclusive, and exciting community! With programs across the Global University System, our department provides access to global experiential opportunities, regional hubs for high- and bio-tech interactions, top hospitals in the world, strong interconnected and intercultural communities for student organizations to engage with peers, and a network of faculty, alumni, and industry professionals.

Award-Winning, Active Student Clubs

Spotlight Stories

Carey Tassel
BS Mechanical Engineering 2022, MS Engineering Management 2023

Before starting college, Carey Tassel, who is pursuing a BS in mechanical engineering, and an MS in engineering management...

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Seyedeh Mahsa Sadeghian
PhD Mechanical Engineering, 2022

Mahsa Sadeghian completed her master’s degree and PhD in mechanical engineering conducting research in the Multiscale Mechanics and Musculoskeletal...

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Sze Zheng Yong

ONR YIP Award to Help Create Autonomous Navy Ships

MIE Associate Professor Sze Zheng Yong was awarded a $750K Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award for “Distributed Coordination of Autonomous Swarms with Limited or Absent Communication and Intermittent Data.” Yong is one of only twenty-five to share nearly $17.5 million in funding to conduct innovative scientific research that will benefit science and technology for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

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Robotics Team Wins $1M for Third-place Finish in Global Competition

Team Northeastern won $1 million in third place among 17 finalists from around the globe in the ANA Avatar XPrize robotics competition.

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Engineering in Action

Out of This World Experiences

Mechanical Engineering student Paige Butler shares how her involvement in the student group Students for the Exploration and Development of Space landed her two co-ops at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and subsequently, a full-time position following graduation. Learn how Northeastern University’s cooperative education program helps undergraduate students explore their passions while providing unparalleled opportunities for career advancement.

PhD Research for Impact

Conor Doyle (PhD in Mechanical Engineering) found a can-do culture and spirit of discovery in his program at Northeastern University. Testing and evaluating materials in Northeastern’s advanced lab facilities, he’s gained a hands-on skillset with applications for both research and industry.

Co-op Leads to Career Position at SpaceX

Ethan Flynn, BS, mechanical engineering, says co-op sets you up for the future. He completed three co-ops in his 4.5 years at Northeastern: Sikorsky working on Black Hawk helicopters, NASA JPL working on the Mars Rover 2020, and at SpaceX, which he converted to a full time position!

From Co-op to Full Time Job Offer—Before Graduation

Sharon Melul Steinfeld, BS, industrial engineering and MS, Engineering Management, completed co-ops at Hasbro as a project engineer on the Transformer toy line, and at PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant for company mergers. Sharon got a full time job offer 18 months before graduating and contributes this to her co-op opportunities.

Recent News

Developing a Career in Renewable Energy on Co-op and in the Lab

After two co-ops, working in an on-campus lab, and their time with AerospaceNU, CJ Huey feels that they have made the most of their Northeastern experience. The secret to their success was not being afraid to take charge of important work.

Weighing Airline Passengers for Precise Estimates

MIE Professor Mohammad Taslim explains the benefits of weighing airline passengers in addition to their luggage before a flight.

Developing Hybrid Battery Management Systems to Protect Freezing Batteries

MIE Assistant Professor Juner Zhu and MIE Professor Hongwei Sun hope their research will help lead to better protection for batteries in extreme temperatures.

Making an Impact by Integrating AI Automation on Co-op

As the second co-op at Karl Storz Endovision, Inc. in Northeastern’s entire history, Rohan Ghorpade made sure to make quite the impact. By introducing AI to the company, he revolutionized their supply chain’s automation on a global level.