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The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has a vibrant research environment motivated by our dedicated faculty. Our research programs are funded by many government agencies. In addition to the government, working with academia and industry is part of our focus. We have established large-scale collaborations with major industrial companies including General Electric, Raytheon, and Northrop.

Research activities at the department can be classified by research areas and by research centers. The department offers eight research areas of focus bringing together a wide range of faculty expertise. The department also leads two research centers, including the Center for High Rate Nanomanufacturing and the Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute, both federally funded.

Faculty also conduct research in their labs and are part of college-wide Research Initiatives. View faculty profiles to learn about their research, including work being conducted in their laboratories. Also, view our Scholarship Reports.

Recent News

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Creating Fire Retardant Insulation from Sustainable Resources

MIE Assistant Professor Hongli “Julie” Zhu was awarded a patent for “Fire-retardant nanocellulose aerogels, and methods of preparation and uses thereof”.

Luzzi Named 2020 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

David Luzzi, senior vice provost for research and vice president of the Innovation Campus at Burlington, and professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, has been named a 2020 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Modeling Effective Network Disruptions for Human Trafficking

MIE Assistant Professor Kayse Lee Maass is a co-principal investigator on a five-year collaborative $1M NSF grant titled “Modeling Effective Network Disruptions for Human Trafficking.”

Behroozi Receives PTC Grant for Augmented Reality

MIE Assistant Professor Mehdi Behroozi was awarded $135K by PTC Inc for his project “Routing, Motion, and Space Optimization for Humans and Robots in an Augmented Reality Environment”.