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Message from the Chair

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is the largest disciplinary department at Northeastern’s College of Engineering, with a total student enrollment of over 3,000 in 2019. We offer 20 degree programs at the BS, MS, and PhD level in mechanical and industrial engineering as well as interdisciplinary and even multidisciplinary programs, including innovative degrees such as a BS in Mechanical Engineering/JD in Law 3+3 program, and BS in Mechanical Engineering and Physics, and MS degrees in Data Analytics Engineering, Human Factors, Robotics and Energy Systems, to name a few.

Our undergraduate mechanical and industrial engineering programs are ABET accredited, and the department offers flexible programs to enable students to personalize their pathways through combined majors, electives, minors, concentrations, accelerated master’s degrees, and graduate certificates.

Our department has 69 tenured/tenure-track and teaching faculty. From 2011 to 2019, we hired 30 tenured/tenure-track faculty, propelling multiple research clusters in the department toward excellence, while our increase in teaching faculty enable educational excellence to advance even further.  Our faculty are accomplished in their field. In fact our faculty have received many prestigious Young Investigator Awards.

Collaboration with government, academia and industry is part of our focus and as such we have established large-scale collaborations with major industrial companies including General Electric, Raytheon, and Northrop. The industrial collaborations augment multiple governmental supports secured by our faculty, such as the $20M contract order from the US Army Research Office and $125M contract order from the US Veterans Health Administration.

On the solid foundation of financial resource, people are the center of focus at this department. As an example, Emeritus Professor and former Department Chair John W. Cipolla has given the department $100K to establish the John and Katharine Cipolla Graduate Student Support Fund. As another example, Emeritus Professor Alexander Gorlov is the namesake of the Gorlov Innovation Prize. This prize is endowed with $100K from friends and former students of Professor Gorlov, in recognition of his innovations including the invention of the Gorlov Turbine that operates on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and all around the world.

According to the US News and World Report, our mechanical engineering graduate program moved up 14 places to No. 43 in five years, while our industrial engineering graduate program has moved up three places to No. 33 during the same period. This momentum will continue through strategic growth. I invite alums and other stakeholders to join us in propelling this department even further, and also invite all to consider this department for your education and for research and development projects.

We thank you for your interest and if you have any further questions or information needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.