• Sep. 22, 2015
    Senior Carrington Motley spends a lot of his time at MIT surrounded by sand. “Yeah, sand is everywhere,” he admits with a laugh. “It was already in all of my clothes, and now it’s in my backpack.”...
  • Sep. 8, 2015
    The boiling of water is at the heart of many industrial processes, from the operation of electric power plants to chemical processing and desalination. But the details of what happens on a hot...
  • Sep. 7, 2015
    Got rope? Then try this experiment: Cross both ends, left over right, then bring the left end under and out, as if tying a pair of shoelaces. If you repeat this sequence, you get what’s called a “...
  • Aug. 31, 2015
    The MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE) has announced that Professor Seth Lloyd has been appointed the Nam P. Suh Professor, a new chair established through the generous gift of MechE...
  • Aug. 26, 2015
    Learn about 2.009, an iconic MechE product development class taught by fun-loving Professor David Wallace. 
  • Aug. 11, 2015
    Deep in the basement of MIT’s Building 3, a two-legged robot named HERMES is wreaking controlled havoc: punching through drywall, smashing soda cans, kicking over trash buckets, and karate-chopping...
  • Aug. 7, 2015
    The progress that’s been made in the field of robotics over the past 50 years is nothing short of remarkable. From Professor Robert Mann’s Boston Arm to Associate Professor Hugh Herr’s bionic limbs...
  • Aug. 4, 2015
    Most robots on a factory floor are fairly ham-handed: Equipped with large pincers or claws, they are designed to perform simple maneuvers, such as grabbing an object, and placing it somewhere else...
  • Jul. 31, 2015
    In the last two decades, prosthetic limb technology has grown by leaps and bounds. Today, the most advanced prostheses incorporate microprocessors that work with onboard gyroscopes, accelerometers,...
  • Jul. 14, 2015
    Materials known as conjugated polymers have been seen as very promising candidates for electronics applications, including capacitors, photodiodes, sensors, organic light-emitting diodes, and...
  • Jun. 21, 2015
    When graduate student Natasha Wright began her PhD program in mechanical engineering, she had no idea how to remove salt from groundwater to make it more palatable, nor had she ever been to India,...
  • Jun. 10, 2015
      It’s an introduction to robotics – for some students, that’s all they need to know to get excited about the popular class that goes by the number 2.12. For a mechanical engineering student, it’s...
  • Jun. 10, 2015
      A condensed version of a story by Courtney Humphries, MIT Technology Review   Uncomfortable shoes. Awkward crutches. Painful artificial limbs. When technology meets biology, the interface is...
  • Jun. 10, 2015
    MechE/EECS alumna Helen Greiner (SB ‘89, SM ‘90) is a household name – quite literally. She’s a co-developer of the famous robot vacuum, the Roomba, and co-founder of the Roomba’s producer, iRobot....
  • Jun. 10, 2015
    Albert Wang has had robots on his mind for a long time. “When I was about four years old,” he recalls, “I dreamt about building a robot vacuum. I remember wandering around the house, while my...
  • Jun. 10, 2015
    All you have to do is think about it. Or at least that’s what it would look like to someone watching you use the robotic finger system that PhD student Faye Wu is designing in Professor Harry Asada’...
  • Jun. 10, 2015
    Assistant Professor Alberto Rodriguez led a team in this past May’s Amazon Picking Challenge, winning second place out of 28 entrants for their robot. The challenge, whose judging panel included...
  • Jun. 9, 2015
    Anklebot Helps Determine Ankle Stiffness   by David Chandler, MIT News Office   For most healthy bipeds, the act of walking is seldom given a second thought: One foot follows the other, and the rest...
  • Jun. 1, 2015
    The image that comes to mind when you hear Professor John Leonard describe his dream of developing a robot that is what he calls “a lifelong learner” is so cinematic it’s almost hard to believe: “...
  • May. 5, 2015
    Detailed new field studies, laboratory experiments, and simulations of the largest known “internal waves” in the Earth’s oceans — phenomena that play a key role in mixing ocean waters, greatly...

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