Message from the Chair
It is my honor to begin my time as Chair for the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) at Northeastern University. I am excited to be able to work with such an exceptional group of students, faculty, and staff. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has been on a positive trajectory in recent years and as such we will continue to build on this foundation of accomplishments to reach even higher levels.
The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is currently the largest disciplinary department at Northeastern’s College of Engineering, with a total student enrollment of over 2,800 in 2020. We offer 16 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 and Design, BS in Mechanical Engineering/JD in Law 3+3 program, and BS in Mechanical Engineering and Physics, as well as MS degrees in Data Analytics Engineering, Engineering Management, Energy Systems, Human Factors, Operations Research, and Robotics. Our department also offers flexible programs to enable students to personalize their pathways through combined majors, electives, minors, concentrations, accelerated master’s degree programs, and graduate certificates.
Our department is comprised of 70 tenured/tenure-track and teaching faculty, where more than 30% of the MIE tenure/tenure track faculty have received prestigious Young Investigator Awards. As we continue to recruit excellent tenured/tenure-track and teaching faculty, our growth has been important for propelling our research clusters and departmental goals, while simultaneously enabling educational excellence. Our faculty are recognized leaders in their fields both nationally and globally, and we leverage our strengths as we collaborate and build new partnerships with government, academia, and industry.
Our continuous support and contributions from alumni and friends have enabled a variety of initiatives in MIE to support student programs, scholarships, research excellence, and outstanding academic recognition. As an example, a generous gift from Emeritus Professor and former Department Chair John W. Cipolla established the John and Katharine Cipolla Graduate Student Support Fund. Additionally, Emeritus Professor Alexander Gorlov is the namesake of the Gorlov Innovation Prize. This prize is endowed by friends and former students of Professor Gorlov, in recognition of his innovations including the invention of the Gorlov Turbine in operation all around the world. I look forward to working with our alumni, friends, and stakeholders to continue to strengthen the Department’s initiatives and expand MIE’s strengths and impact.
I look forward to updating you all on our journey forward.