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.
MIE Professor Moneesh Upmanyu is studying how the leaves of rhododendron plants react to cold temperature changes to help him design smart, foldable structures.
MIE Associate Professor Randall Erb was awarded a patent for “Three dimensional mineralization printer.”
MIE/BioE Professor Sandra Shefelbine was selected as an American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow in recognition of “her distinguished and continuing achievements in medical and biological engineering”.
MIE Assistant Professor Jacqueline Griffin, who specializes in healthcare optimization, suggests that to ease the influx of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals should strive to cut wait times, move to virtual care, and work closely with pharmacists.