The MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering researches and teaches at the interfaces of ideas, where several disciplines such as physics, math, electronics, and computer science, and engineering intersect in the nimble hands of broadly trained MIT mechanical engineers.
MIT engineers led by Associate Professor Xuanhe Zhao have designed a double-sided tape that can seal tissues in just five seconds. The tape could eventually replace surgical sutures, which don’t work well in all tissues and can cause complications in some patients.
Professor John Hart has developed a miniature “electroadhesive” stamp that can pick up and place down microscopic objects. The new technique could enable assembly of circuit boards with minute components.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.