• Dec. 13, 2014
    You’ve probably heard of MechE alum and Associate Professor Hugh Herr (SM ’93), head of the Biomechatronics group at MIT Media Lab. The TED Talk he gave earlier this year sparked a flurry of media...
  • Nov. 17, 2014
    From a mechanical perspective, granular materials are stuck between a rock and a fluid place, with behavior resembling neither a solid nor a liquid. Think of sand through an hourglass: As grains...
  • Nov. 6, 2014
    Wind turbines across the globe are being made taller to capture more energy from the stronger winds that blow at greater heights. But it’s not easy, or sometimes even economically feasible, to build...
  • Nov. 4, 2014
    DropWise, a new startup created by Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE) Associate Professor Kripa Varanasi; Department of Chemical Engineering (ChemE) Professor and Associate Provost Karen...
  • Nov. 4, 2014
    As world population continues to grow, so does the need for water and food. It would be easy if the fix were laying down more pipes and cultivating more crops. But it’s not that simple. The global...
  • Oct. 21, 2014
    The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that’s...
  • Oct. 10, 2014
    Three MIT-led research teams have won awards from the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) initiative to support research and development on the next generation of nuclear...
  • Oct. 3, 2014
    The world’s fiber-optic network spans more than 550,000 miles of undersea cable that transmits e-mail, websites, and other packets of data between continents, all at the speed of light. A rip or...
  • Oct. 1, 2014
    MechE alumna Grace Young ’14 has experienced something that few people in the world ever will: life underwater. As part of Mission 31, a project led by Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of legendary...
  • Aug. 20, 2014
    Where the river meets the sea, there is the potential to harness a significant amount of renewable energy, according to a team of mechanical engineers at MIT. The researchers evaluated an emerging...
  • Aug. 6, 2014
    MIT engineers have fabricated a new elastic material coated with microscopic, hairlike structures that tilt in response to a magnetic field. Depending on the field’s orientation, the microhairs can...
  • Aug. 1, 2014
    Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia have developed a new way of making surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move across them. The work might enable new kinds of biomedical or...
  • Jul. 23, 2014
    In a recent study published in the Journal of Membrane Science, MIT professor John Lienhard and postdoc Ronan McGovern, both of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, reported that, contrary to...
  • Jul. 16, 2014
    Leslie Bromberg, a research scientist at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, and Alexander Sappok ’09 have been recognized by R&D Magazine for inventing one of the top 100 technologies of the...
  • Jul. 1, 2014
    Whenever there is a major spill of oil into water, the two tend to mix into a suspension of tiny droplets, called an emulsion, that is extremely hard to separate — and that can cause severe damage to...
  • Jun. 10, 2014
    The Case of the Welcome “Hairball” by Alissa Mallinson   PhD student Folkers Rojas (SB ‘09, SM ‘11, PhD ‘14)Photo credit: Tony Pulsone What do a bathtub hairball and a MechE-developed blowout ...
  • Jun. 10, 2014
      Professor Sapsis’ research focuses on the area of stochastic dynamical systems in ocean engineering, including uncertainty quantification of turbulent fluid flows, passive protection configurations...
  • Jun. 9, 2014
    Mission TULiP: A Robotic Pursuit on the Charles River By Genevieve Wanucha, Oceans at MIT One of Hover Group’s kayaks gets adjusted.   If you take a stroll past the MIT Sailing Pavilion on Memorial...
  • Jun. 9, 2014
    New Methods and Software Can Predict Optimal Paths for Automated Underwater Vehicles By David Chandler, MIT News Office Pierre Lermusiaux Photo credit: M. Scott Brauer   Sometimes the fastest...
  • Jun. 9, 2014
    Large-Scale Tests in the Lab and the South China Sea Reveal the Origins of Underwater Waves that Can Tower Hundreds of Feet By David Chandler, MIT News Office   Their effect on the surface of the ...

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