• Jul. 22, 2014
    Rohit Karnik, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, addresses real-world challenges with his microfluidics and nanofluidics research. The studies that Karnik and his team have...
  • Jun. 24, 2014
    Researchers compare the processing of biological fluid samples with searching for a needle in a haystack — only in this case, the haystack could be diagnostic samples, and the needle might be tumor...
  • May. 20, 2014
    Researchers at MIT have discovered a new way of harnessing temperature gradients in fluids to propel objects. In the natural world, the mechanism may influence the motion of icebergs floating on the...
  • May. 13, 2014
    Researchers at MIT's School of Engineering, working with colleagues at the Pontificial University of Chile in Santiago, are harvesting potable water from the coastal fog that forms on the edge of one...
  • May. 6, 2014
    MIT has received a major gift from alumnus Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel '78 aimed at ensuring the world's food and water supply for the 21st century. The gift establishes the Abdul Latif Jameel World...
  • Mar. 18, 2014
    MIT spinoff WiCare, founded by mechanical engineering alumna Danielle Zurovcik SM ’07, PhD ’12, has been named one of six finalists in this year’s Hult Prize competition. The Hult Prize Foundation is...
  • Dec. 10, 2013
    Fog-harvesting system developed by MIT and Chilean researchers could provide potable water for the world’s driest regions.   By David Chandler, MIT News Office   Photo courtesy of researchers. In...
  • Nov. 27, 2013
    Drugs delivered by nanoparticles hold promise for targeted treatment of many diseases, including cancer. However, the particles have to be injected into patients, which has limited their usefulness...
  • Oct. 25, 2013
    MIT doctoral candidate Ronan K. McGovern SM '12 has received the Best Presentation Award of the Young Leaders Program at this year's World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse, hosted by the...
  • Oct. 24, 2013
    For most healthy bipeds, the act of walking is seldom given a second thought: One foot follows the other, and the rest of the body falls in line, supported by a system of muscle, tendon, and bones....
  • Oct. 16, 2013
    There are good bacteria and there are bad bacteria — and sometimes both coexist within the same species. Take, for instance, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a microbe common in soil and water. This...
  • Sep. 20, 2013
    Cancer cells metastasize in several stages — first by invading surrounding tissue, then by infiltrating and spreading via the circulatory system. Some circulating cells work their way out of the...
  • Sep. 17, 2013
    Assistant Professors Cullen Buie and Sangbae Kim of the Department of Mechanical Engineering both recently received a DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA), which was granted to 25 tenure-track faculty...
  • Jun. 26, 2013
      by Alissa Mallinson   Innovation and creativity are concepts that imbue everything we do in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. They’re woven into every lab, every experiment, every faculty...
  • Jun. 26, 2013
        Melinda Hale Allison Yost   by Alissa Mallinson   Entrepreneurs abound in MechE, but they couldn’t do it without the MIT entrepreneurial community, comprising an army of faculty, students, and...
  • Jun. 26, 2013
    2013 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Winner   by Stephanie Martinovich, Lemelson-MIT Program   Photo credit: Tony Pulsone PhD candidate Nikolai Begg (SM ‘11) grew up in a box of LEGO® bricks and hasn’t...
  • Dec. 10, 2012
    CEO and Founder, WiCare   by Alissa Mallinson   Photo courtesy of Danielle Zurovcik Danielle Zurovcik (SM ‘07, PhD ‘11) conducted her doctoral research on a high-tech medical device, but in her free...
  • Dec. 10, 2012
    CEO and Cofounder, Firefly BioWorks   by Alissa Mallinson Photo courtesy of Davide Marini What was missing in the biomedical market that inspired you to cofound Firefly? Many of the technologies...
  • Dec. 10, 2012
    Assistant Professor Sangbae Kim works on his lab’s current bioinspired project, the robotic cheetah. Photo Credit: M. Scott Brauer by Alissa Mallinson MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering...
  • Dec. 10, 2012
    Engineering Light-Activated Muscles   by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office   Many robotic designs take nature as their muse: sticking to walls like geckos, swimming through water like tuna, sprinting...

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