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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.

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

Recent News

Advancing All-Solid-State Lithium Metal Batteries

MIE Associate Professor Hongli Zhu received a $770K grant from the DOE Office of Science for “Uncovering the mechano-electro-chemo mechanism of fresh Li in sulfide based all solid-state batteries through operando studies”.

Designing Exoskeletons to be More Versatile and Accessible

Bouve/MIE Assistant Professor Max Shepherd, in collaboration with Aaron Young from Georgia Tech, was awarded a $800K NSF grant for “Towards Task-Agnostic and Device-Agnostic Ankle Exoskeleton Control for Mobility Enhancement.”

Spinout Company Fourier LLC to Revolutionize Thermal Management

After pioneering thermoforming technical ceramic matrix composites (CMC’s) last year, MIE Associate Professor Randall Erb and mechanical engineering alum Jason Hoffman-Bice, PhD’22, have created a spinout company called Fourier LLC to commercialize their groundbreaking innovation in thermal management. Fourier’s Breakthrough Thermal Management Technology: Thermoformable Ceramic Matrix Composites In the dynamic and ever-evolving landscape of the […]

Developing Eco-Friendly Cooling Solutions

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng’s spinout from his lab at Northeastern, Planck Energies, has received a $275K NSF grant for “Climate-Eco-friendly Biocoating for Passive Cooling of Infrastructure.”