Research Overview

Faculty in the Department, working closely with post-doctoral associates and graduate and undergraduate students, constantly seek to expand the field of Mechanical Engineering by conducting state-of-the-art research to expand the boundaries of the field. Topics include influential and cutting-edge topics such as sustainable energy, fluid systems, materials, design and manufacturing, nanotechnology, and robotics.


The interdisciplinary nature and expanding applications for nano- and micro-electrical-mechanical systems demonstrate the vast potential and impact of the field. The group researches nano/microfabrication, fabrication and characterization of advanced nanomaterials, nanomaterial-based sensors, polymer nanocomposites, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, multiscale robotics, and nano- and microfluidics.

Robotics and Controls

Students and faculty together improve robotics technology through advanced research. All aspects of robotics are investigated, from sophisticated intelligence systems, novel robotic platforms and controls, to component technologies for robotic systems.

Mechanics and Materials

The Mechanics and Materials Research Cluster uses theoretical, computational, experimental, and simulation-based approaches to study, characterize, and leverage the behavior of a wide range high performance materials, including metals, plastics/polymers, and composites.

Sustainable Energy

Environmental sustainability is important for society's future. The department develops solutions to energy challenges that promote economic and environmental sustainability. Through interdisciplinary collaborative research, education, and outreach programs, members engage in research on advanced and sustainable energy systems combined with fundamental and applied research in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics.