Find out what UMass Lowell Mechanical Engineering research is all about!
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 faculty remain dedicated to conducting research that impacts national needs. Our 12 faculty-run research labs provide students with the opportunity to work with state of the art equipment to advance energy and sustainability, security and defense, and manufacturing and industry, while furthering their engineering education.
We are involved in the active integration of analytical modeling, experimentation, and numerical simulation to understand the behavior of fiber-reinforced, polymer matrix composites.
Applying solid mechanics principles to various applications such as wind energy, composite manufacturing, flexible electronics, and textile manufacturing to improve performance, predictions, and design.
We are dedicated to the research on all aspects of Autonomous Robotic Systems, from conceptual design to detailed assembly, testing, and evaluation.
We study the mechanics and physics of materials, including polymers, composites, metals, and metamaterials under varied dynamic loadings and extreme environments.
We are exploring a variety of topics ranging from alternative fuels, novel thermodynamic cycles, and combustion-assisted material synthesis.
Our primary research interests are centered on fundamental materials development and new processes in solving one of the most critical issues of our time, affordable and sustainable energy.
We have an overarching goal to advance the science and engineering of flow assisted electrochemical energy systems, particularly redox flow batteries.
We focus on the understanding of thermal transport phenomena at the interfaces between material phases and from macro to nanoscales which has applications to thermal management, energy storage and material processing.
We're researching how to use solar energy and electricity to develop new types of sustainable fuels and chemicals.
We focus on developing nonlinear control strategies to achieve stable, agile, versatile, robust, and energy-efficient bipedal robotic walking. We are also interested in applying our robotics knowledge and skills to understanding human walking.
The main thrust of the SDASL is to develop, employ and improve techniques to solve these problems using analytical approaches that are verified through experimental techniques.
The Mechanical Engineering faculty are actively engaged and lead several University Centers which encourage interdisciplinary research collaborations on projects that advance technology innovations.