• Jun. 9, 2014
    by Alissa Mallinson   MechE’s 2N program in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering is almost as old as the department’s main Course 2 program in mechanical engineering. The graduate program,...
  • 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
    Engineering and the Ocean Environment: Challenge and Opportunity by Alissa Mallinson       Vast and seemingly impenetrable, the ocean inspires endless fascination. It is the topic of countless tales...
  • Apr. 4, 2014
    Suppose you’re trying to navigate an unfamiliar section of a big city, and you’re using a particular cluster of skyscrapers as a reference point. Traffic and one-way streets force you to take some...
  • Mar. 25, 2014
    The Atlantic razor clam uses very little energy to burrow into undersea soil at high speed. Now a detailed insight into how the animal digs has led to the development of a robotic clam that can...
  • Feb. 25, 2014
    If you’ve run out of drinking water during a lakeside camping trip, there’s a simple solution: Break off a branch from the nearest pine tree, peel away the bark, and slowly pour lake water through...
  • Nov. 11, 2013
    When an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011, knocking out emergency power supplies, crews sprayed seawater on the reactors to cool them — to no avail. One...
  • Oct. 22, 2013
    “It’s all about the process,” says MIT professor Warren Seering. He’s referring to his spring design class, Course 2.739 (Product Design and Development) — but he could easily be talking about...
  • 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...
  • Aug. 14, 2013
    The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) class of destroyers consists of 62 active vessels that collectively carry 20,000 personnel and burn 4.4 million barrels of fuel each year. Since the first hull...
  • Jun. 26, 2013
    Nate Ball (SB ’05, SM ’07) and Bryan Schmid (SB ’03, SM ’05)   Nate Ball Bryan Schmid   by Alissa Mallinson   MechE alumni Nate Ball (SB ’05, SM ’07) and Bryan Schmid (SB ’03, SM ’05) entered the...
  • 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...
  • Jul. 17, 2012
    For years, the U.S. Navy has employed human divers, equipped with sonar cameras, to search for underwater mines attached to ship hulls. The Navy has also trained dolphins and sea lions to search for...
  • Dec. 5, 2011
    Tiny robots may monitor underground pipes for radioactive leaks.   A spherical robot equipped with a camera may navigate underground pipes of a nuclear reactor by propelling itself with an internal...
  • Dec. 5, 2011
    MechE Teams Up with Sloan to Offer New Track in Ocean Systems Management   The Ocean Engineering Systems Management track will provide future managers in the shipping industry with both business...
  • Dec. 5, 2011
      Domitilla Del Vecchio works on intelligent transportation systems that communicate to prevent collisions. What areas does your research focus on? Broadly speaking, my group works in control...

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