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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

CJ Huey
BS Mechanical Engineering and Physics, 2024

After two co-ops, working in an on-campus lab, and their time with AerospaceNU, CJ Huey, E'24, mechanical engineering and...

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Alex Bender
BS Industrial Engineering and MS Engineering Management 2020

After three vastly different co-op experiences and working as chief of staff at a Series A company, alumnus Alex...

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ASME Fellow

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng was selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession, particularly in the research field of micro/nanoscale heat transfer for sustainable energy harvesting, conversion, and storage.

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INFORMS Fellow

Ozlem Ergun, COE distinguished professor, MIE, was elected a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) for her applications of O.R. methods to humanitarian and health systems, emergency response, and transportation and logistics problems; and establishing a community of O.R. professionals with interest in public programs.

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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

Forum on Sustainable Energy in Cities and Communities Celebrates World Environment Day

Yi Zheng, Faculty Fellow at the Center for Emerging Markets (CEM) and Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University organized an enriching forum focused on “Sustainable Energy in Cities and Communities” to celebrate World Environment Day with the Boston Urban Forum.

How This 2024 NSF Fellowship Recipient’s Co-op Blossomed into a Full-Time Career

Jonathan Gray, E’16, mechanical engineering, is the recipient of the 2024 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which will contribute to his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at UCLA. Since 2016, he has worked as a project engineer at ATA Engineering, where he completed his first co-op.

Megan Hofmann

Developing Tools for Interactive Smart Knitted Textiles

Khoury/MIE Assistant Professor Megan Hofmann was awarded a $550,000 NSF grant for “Tools for Programming and Designing Interactive Machine-Knitted Smart Textiles.”

New England Tennis Hall of Fame Opens its Doors to Foxboro’s Jaeger-Helton

MIE Teaching Professor Beverly Kris Jaeger-Helton was featured in The Sun Chronicle article “New England Tennis Hall of Fame Opens its Doors to Foxboro’s Jaeger-Helton” for her induction into the New England Tennis Hall of Fame at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport as a chair umpire and court official.