Mechanical Engineering

Research

The Mechanical Engineering faculty remain dedicated to delivering outstanding teaching and a quality education for students, but the priority and composition of the Department has broadened to successfully conducting research that impacts the following national needs: Energy and Sustainability, Defense and Security, Manufacturing and Industry, and Engineering Education.

The Mechanical Engineering Department faculty excel in three main research thrust areas:

  1. Dynamic Systems
  2. Thermofluid Transport
  3. Mechanics and Materials

Faculty Research News:

  • Asst. Prof. David Willis was awarded "UNS: Collaborative Research: Leading Edge Vortex Evolution on Compliant Biologically-Inspired Wings" in collaboration with the University of Maryland from the CBET Division at NSF.
  • Asst. Prof. Murat Inalpolat, Prof. Christopher Niezrecki, and Asst. Prof. David Willis were awarded "Acoustics-based Structural Health Monitoring of Closed-Cavities and Its Application to Wind Turbine Blades" from the CMMI division of NSF.
  • Asst. Prof. Christopher Hansen was awarded an STTR Phase II project "Automated Manufacture of Damage Detecting, Self-Healing Composite Cryogenic Pressure Vessels" with Aurora Flight Sciences from NASA.
  • Prof. Christopher Niezrecki, Prof. Peter Avitabile, and Asst. Prof. David Willis were awarded "Bolstering Wind Energy Growth in Massachusetts" by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

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