• Mar. 9, 2015
    The process of wrinkle formation is familiar to anyone who has ever sat in a bathtub a little too long. But exactly why layered materials sometimes form one kind of wrinkly pattern or another — or...
  • Feb. 26, 2015
    The blue-rayed limpet is a tiny mollusk that lives in kelp beds along the coasts of Norway, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Portugal, and the Canary Islands. These diminutive organisms — as small as a...
  • Feb. 3, 2015
    Ioannis V. Yannas, professor of polymer science and engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recognized as one of the highest achievers in his field last week when the...
  • 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. 24, 2014
    Researchers have made great progress in recent years in the design and creation of biological circuits — systems that, like electronic circuits, can take a number of different inputs and deliver a...
  • Nov. 3, 2014
    When an aspiring mechanical engineer on a budget wants a top-of-the-line guitar, what does he do? He makes it himself, of course. At age 13, Nathan Spielberg — now an MIT senior — began building his...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
    Visualizing Sneaky Tumor Cells   Professor Roger Kamm and PhD candidate Ioannis Zervantonakis. Photo Credit: Tony Pulsone   by Alissa Mallinson   Not many people have watched as a single tumor...
  • Dec. 10, 2012
    In a New Microchip, Cells Separate by Rolling Away   Associate Professor Rohit Karnik in his lab. Karnik’s new microfluidic device isolates target cells (in pink) from the rest of the flow by...
  • Dec. 10, 2012
    A Lifetime of Bioengineering Achievement   by Alissa Mallinson   Photo credit: Tony Pulsone Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biological Engineering C. Forbes Dewey Jr. first came to MIT’s...
  • Dec. 10, 2012
    A Lifetime of Biomaterials Engineering Achievement   by Alissa Mallinson   Professor Ioannis V. YannasPhoto courtesy of Professor Yannas In 1969, Professor Ioannis V. Yannas was an expert on fibers...
  • Dec. 5, 2011
      Color map showing the distribution of pressure across the gel region (between the two rows of semi-circular posts) containing the cancer cells.   It’s no secret that cancer is deadly. But did you...
  • 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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