• 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. 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...
  • Sep. 26, 2014
    Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on...
  • Sep. 10, 2014
    Where other mechanical engineering faculty come bearing specific innovative artifacts, Maria Yang offers conceptual strategies for innovation, regardless of the technology. For her, innovation first...
  • 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. 29, 2014
    Several years ago, as a graduate student at MIT, Amos Winter spent a summer in Tanzania surveying wheelchair technology. What he found was a disconnect between products and the lives of their...
  • May. 23, 2014
    Graphene’s promise as a material for new kinds of electronic devices, among other uses, has led researchers around the world to study the material in search of new applications. But one of the...
  • May. 23, 2014
    “It’s all about the process,” says Warren Seering, a professor of mechanical engineering. He's referring to his spring class, Course 2.739 (Product Design and Development). “We want 2.739 students to...
  • May. 9, 2014
    This year’s arena for the annual robotics competition that caps the mechanical engineering class called 2.007 (Learning by Design) was based on a Winter Olympics theme, with dauntingly steep slopes...
  • Dec. 10, 2013
    Droplets Break a Theoretical Time Barrier on Bouncing   By David Chandler, MIT News Office   Those who study hydrophobic materials — water-shedding surfaces such as those found in nature and created...
  • Dec. 10, 2013
      Photo credit: Tony Pulsone Professor David Gossard (PhD ’75) has been a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering since he earned his PhD here in 1975, having previously earned...
  • 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...
  • 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
    Thinking Outside the Box Leads to Surface Innovations   By Alissa Mallinson   Photo credit: Tony Pulsone Associate Professor Kripa Varanasi’s research lab became a sudden media sensation this past...
  • Apr. 25, 2013
    Offshore wind could provide abundant electricity — but as with solar energy, this power supply can be intermittent and unpredictable. But a new approach from researchers at MIT could mitigate that...
  • 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...
  • Aug. 3, 2012
    Most courses don’t end in a death test, but Course 2.72 Elements of Mechanical Design isn’t a typical course, even for mechanical engineering. One of the last undergraduate courses mechanical...
  • Aug. 3, 2012
    Professor Varanasi’s Condiment-Bottle Coating Gives Waste the Slip   Photo: Courtesy of the Varanasi Research Group by Alissa Mallinson   The Varanasi Research Group, led by Associate Professor...
  • Aug. 3, 2012
    The Small Shop Becomes a Virtual Factory   Professor Sanjay Sarma (Photo credit: Tony Pulsone) Professor Sanjay Sarma has been a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 1996,...
  • Aug. 3, 2012
      PhD candidate Adam Paxson (left) points to a live display of a condensing surface to Professor Kripa Varanasi (center) and postdoctoral researcher Sushant Anand (right). (Photo credit: Tony...

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