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Research

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) 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 government agencies and industry including Rogers Corporation and Dow Chemical, Army Research Laboratory, and Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.

Research activities at the department can be classified by research areas and by research centers. The department is focused within twelve disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and trans-disciplinary research themes strengthened by the wide range of MIE faculty expertise. Department faculty are leveraging Northeastern’s global network and Institutes to build strong research partnerships, these include the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security – Burlington, MA, Roux Institute – Portland, MA, Institute for Experiential Robotics, Network Science Institute, Institute for Experiential AI, and Global Resilience Institute.  The department also leads two research centers, including the Center for High Rate Nanomanufacturing and the Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute, both federally funded.

View faculty profiles to learn about their research, including work being conducted in their laboratories. Also, view our Annual Reports.


Recent News

Northeastern Research Study Shows the Potential of AI for Stem Cell Manufacturing

MIE Assistant Professor Wei Xie, the primary investigator for a Northeastern research study on bio-drug automation and manufacturing, explains the part that AI can play in successful cell cultivation. Two papers recently published by Xie and her co-authors propose models for predicting mechanisms in both singular cells and clusters of cells.

Advancing Wire-Arc Direct Energy Deposition for Large-Format Metal Additive Manufacturing

Sinan Müftü, COE Distinguished Professor, MIE, and Ozan Özdemir, assistant professor, MIE, are leading a team that was awarded a $4.38 million grant from the Army Research Laboratory to advance wire-arc direct energy deposition for large-format metal additive manufacturing.

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Patent for Biodegradable Alternative to Plastic

MIE Associate Professor Hongli Zhu received a patent for “Natural fiber composites as a low-cost plastic alternative.”

Wanunu Receives Northeastern NAI Innovator of the Year Award

COS/BioE Professor Meni Wanunu received the Innovator of the Year award from the Northeastern University chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Daniel Braconnier, a recent mechanical engineering PhD graduate, received the student innovator award.