northeastern university seal
professor working on mechanical research

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. 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.

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

Solar-Powered Water Desalination System to Address Water, Energy Crises

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng recently received a $355,408 Soleeva Energy Innovation Award to develop a functional interfacial structure for solar driven water desalination and purification. The system would also be integrated with solar photovoltaic systems. San Jose, California-based Soleeva Energy is sponsoring the research. Zheng said he will be working with Soleeva President and […]

Improved Methods of Calorimetry

MIE Associate Professor Gregory Kowalski was awarded a patent for creating a “Stop-start method in a microfluidic calorimeter.”

Using Magnetic Fields to Produce Porous Articles

MIE Associate Professor Randall Erb was awarded a patent for “Magnetic field alignment of emulsions to produce porous articles.”

Busnaina Receives ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award

Professor Ahmed Busnaina, mechanical and industrial engineering, has received the 2020 William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.