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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

Using Natural Materials to Produce Drinkable Water

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng is using natural materials like cow manure and hornet nests to create filters that can be used in desalination systems.

Using Magnetic Force During 3D Printing at the Microscale

MIE Associate Professor Randall Erb is using a magnetic field during the 3D printing process to create strong complex ceramic designs that can be used in everything from circuit boards to hypersonic airplanes. How magnets and 3D printers can make materials for hypersonic planes Main photo: Masters student Dan Braconnier, works on researchers in the […]

Computer engineering graduate student Rui Luo operates the robot that will be entered into the September 2021 semifinals of a $10 million global robotics competition.

Creating a Human Avatar in Remote Locations

A group of Northeastern University students led by MIE Assistant Professor Peter Whitney, has made it to the semifinals of the global Avatar XPrize competition which aims to create an avatar system that can transport human presence to a remote location in real-time.

Creating Stable Non-Critical Element Magnets

Distinguished University and Cabot Professor Laura Lewis, ChE/MIE, is leading a $2.1M Department of Energy grant, in collaboration with the University of Delaware, the Northeastern University Physics department, and the University of Warwick, UK, for “Designing Strong Stability in Non-Critical and Rare-Earth-Lean Magnetic Materials.”