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.
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.
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.
Top 100 in Materials Science – 2022
MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng’s research on “Dome-arrayed chitosan/PVA hydrogel-based solar evaporator for steam generation” was featured as one of the top 100 downloaded material science articles by Scientific Reports.
Xie Awarded NIIMBL Grant for mRNA Vaccine Potency Assessment and Prediction
Wei Xie, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, has received an award from the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals for “Advanced FISH Assay and Mechanism Hybrid Surrogate to Improve mRNA Vaccine Potency Assessment and Prediction.”
Opening Doors for the DeafBlind Community
Bioengineering student Nick Scaperdas, E’24, is working with a group of students from the Sherman Center’s Generate program to develop a doorbell that can be used by DeafBlind individuals.
Shepard’s Research Featured on Cover of Science Robotics
Bouve/MIE Assistant Professor Max Shepard’s research on “Exoskeletons need to react faster than physiological responses to improve standing balance” was featured on the cover of Science Robotics.