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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

Developing the World’s First Sub-THz Satellite Network Platform

ECE Professor and Interim Chair Josep Jornet, MIE Professor Andrew Gouldstone, ECE Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, ECE William Lincoln Smith Professor Tommaso Melodia, and ECE/COS Professor Ken Duffy, in collaboration with the Morehead State University Space Science Center, were awarded a $750,000 NSF grant for the “Development towards a Community Research Platform for sub-THz Satellite Communication Networks.”

Using AI To Save Lives on the Battlefield

Liam McEneaney, MS’25, engineering and public policy, is working with ECE Associate Professor Sarah Ostadabbas and MIE Teaching Professor Beverly Kris Jaeger-Helton, and in collaboration with MIT Lincoln Lab, to develop an AI-powered computer program that will accurately and quickly fill out tactical combat casualty care cards for injured soldiers on its own on the battlefield by processing video and audio from medics in real time, and quickly sending the digital card to hospital staff. 

Advancing Ultra-Fast Sound Technology

MIE Assistant Professor Yoseob Yoon’s research on “Terahertz Phonon Engineering With Van Der Waals Heterostructures” was published in Nature. He has discovered a way to create atomically thin transducers that could one day enable quantum computing at room temperature.

Exploring the Potential of Frictional Mechanical Metamaterials

MIE Associate Professor Yaning Li was awarded a $531,056 NSF grant to explore a new category of mechanical metamaterials:  “Frictional Mechanical Metamaterial.”