Mechanics: Modeling, Experimentation, and Computation (MMEC)
Experimental and Nonlinear Dynamics Lab
Laboratory-based research on dynamical
phenomena, ranging from from micro-scale diffusive processes to global-scale
oceanic wave fields.
Hatsopoulos Microfluids Lab
Fundamental research on the behavior of fluid systems at microscopic scales, and the engineering applications that accrue from it.
Reacting Gas Dynamics Laboratory
Fluid flow, chemical reaction, and combustion phenomena associated with energy conversion in propulsion systems, power generation, industrial processes, and fires.
Design, Manufacturing, & Product Development
Computer Aided Design Laboratory
Advancing the state of the art in design methodology and computer-aided design methods.
Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity
The Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP) is an interdepartmental laboratory in the School of Engineering devoted to exploring new frontiers in manufacturing. It has three major goals:
- The development of the fundamental principles of manufacturing processes, machines, and systems
- The application of those principles to the innovation of manufacturing enterprises
- The education of engineering leaders
Current research topics include polymer microfabrication, semiconductor fabrication processes, MEMS, precision engineering, wireless sensors and RFID technologies, data infrastructure, design and management of manufacturing systems and supply chain, photovoltaics, and environmentally benign manufacturing.
Park Center for Complex Systems
Research to understand complexity, educating students and scholars on complexity, designing complex systems for the benefit of humankind, and disseminating knowledge on complexity to the world at large.
Precision Compliant Systems Lab
Fundamental and applied research on all aspects of the design, manufacture, and control of high precision machines ranging from manufacturing machines to precision consumer products.
Control, Instrumentation, & Robotics
Active-Adaptive Control Laboratory
Research on adaptive control, theory and applications to propulsion and transportation, active control, theory and applications to flow and combustion.
Creation of the "Internet of Things" using radio frequency identification and wireless sensor networks, and of a global system for tracking goods using a single numbering system called the Electronic Product Code.
D'Arbeloff Bio and Robotics Lab
Research on mechatronics, home and health automation, interface between hardware and software, and development of sensing technologies.
Field and Space Robotics Laboratory
Fundamental physics of robotic systems for unstructured environments. Development, design, and prototyping of control and planning algorithms for robotic applications, including space exploration, rough terrains, sea systems, and medical devices and systems.
Mechatronics Research Laboratory
The Mechatronics Research Laboratory (MRL) is devoted to the control, system dynamics and design challenges associated with the fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology and robotics.
Nonlinear Systems Laboratory
Analysis and control of nonlinear physical systems with emphasis on adaptation and learning in robots.
Robotic Mobility Group
The Robotic Mobility Group researches a wide variety of issues related to mobile
robotic systems, with an emphasis on modeling, design, sensing, and control of
Energy Science & Engineering
Center for 21st-Century Energy
Innovative science and technology for a sustainable energy future. Fundamental research in transport phenomena and thermodynamics; applied research in energy conversion, transportation, and thermal management. Draws upon activities in several of the department's laboratories.
Electrochemical Energy Lab
Engineering of advanced materials for lithium batteries, proton exchange membrane and solid oxide fuel cells, and air battery and fuel cell hybrids.
Fuel Cell Laboratory
Innovation in the design of fuel cells and in the application of fuel cell technology for energy conversion in stationary and portable power plants.
Rohsenow Kendall Heat Transfer Laboratory
Fundamental research in convection, microscale/nanoscale transport, laser/material interaction, sprays, and high heat fluxes; applied research in materials processing, fluidized bed combustors, energy-efficient buildings, and thermal management of electronics.
Sloan Automotive Laboratory
Processes and technology that control the performance, efficiency, and environmental impact of internal combustion engines, their lubrication, and fuel requirements.
Ocean Science & Engineering
Research in ocean acoustics, acoustic sensing for naval applications, fisheries, ocean exploration and mapping, ocean observation systems, signal processing, and detection in the underwater environment.
Center For Ocean Engineering
Provides an enduring ocean engineering identity, giving visibility to the outside world of MIT's commitment to the oceans, and serves as the focus point of ocean-related research at the Institute. Supports the research activities of the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanographic Engineering and the Naval Construction and Engineering Program.
Research in biomimetics, robotics, naval architecture, ship and offshore structure design, computer-aided design and manufacturing, geometric modeling and computer visualization, distributed systems for ocean forecasting, adaptive ocean sampling methodologies, cable and riser dynamics and design, and marine transportation. Affiliated with the MIT Sea Grant Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Lab.
Includes the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory (Propeller Tunnel) and the Testing Tank Facility (Towing Tank); the Vortical Flow Research Laboratory; the Experimental Hydrodynamics Laboratory; the Laboratory for Ship and Platform Flows; and the Marine Computation and Instrumentation Laboratory. Research areas include experimental fluid mechanics, vortex-induced hydrodynamic loads, seakeeping, maneuvering and control, computational fluid dynamics, hydrodynamic load prediction, performance evaluation of ocean vehicles, wave-field analysis and prediction, propulsor system design, marine robotics, biomimetics, air-sea interaction, and advanced sailing-boat design.
Multidisciplinary Simulation, Estimation, and Assimilation Systems (MSEAS)
The research is concerned with the understanding and modeling of complex
physical and interdisciplinary oceanic dynamics and processes. It is based
on the utilization and development of new mathematical models and
computational methods for ocean predictions and dynamical diagnostics, for
optimization and control of autonomous ocean observation systems, and for
comparisons and combinations of models with data.
Structural Dynamics Laboratory
Emphasis on vortex induced vibrations and riser dynamics.
Structural Mechanics and Dynamics Group
Includes the Impact and Crashworthiness Laboratory, with emphasis on structural mechanics of large complex structures, impact loads and weapon effects on structures, and crashworthiness.
Utilization of biology, optics, mechanics, mathematics, electronics, and chemistry to develop innovative instruments for the analysis of biological processes and new devices for the treatment and diagnosis of disease.
Human and Machine Haptics Lab
Interdisciplinary studies aimed at understanding human haptics, developing machine haptics, and enhancing human-machine interactions in virtual reality and teleoperator systems.
International Consortium for Medical Imaging Technology
Development and implementation of information technology that will lead to improved medical diagnosis and health care as well as reductions in costs.
Micro & Nano Engineering
3D Optics Group
Research in the 3D Optics group at MIT concentrates on optical elements and systems where the light wavefront is shaped by interaction with an entire volume, as opposed to a sequence of surfaces that is more traditional in optical design (with the notable exception of GRadient INdex optics, or GRINs.) Particular topics of interest are volume holography, nanostructured GRINs (also known as dielectric metamaterial lenses), their space-frequency (Wigner distribution) representations, and the fabrication of subwavelength 3D optics using membrane folding and stacking assembly schemes that we collectively refer to as Nanostructured Origami.
Device Research Lab
The Wang Group investigates heat and mass transport processes at the micro- and nano-scales, using state-of-the art micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), novel optical diagnostics, and new nanomaterials. We utilize these approaches to discover new functionalities and realize new technologies for energy, thermal management, desalination, and biological systems.
Micro and Nano Systems Lab
Designing and realizing new product at micro- and nano-scales, which include carbon nanotube growth and assembly, muscle inspired piezo actuators, MEMS energy harvesters and nano-engineered solar cells.
Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Research Group
The Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Research Group at MIT is focused on understanding and controlling transport phenomena in fluidic systems at small length scales. These effects are then harnessed to design and develop new micro and nanofluidic devices for applications including biological analysis, diagnostics, and therapeutics.
Pappalardo Nanoengineering Laboratory
We explore fundamental nanoscale science to improve energy conversion efficiency and storage density, and understand thermal energy transport. Examples include development of nanostructured thermoelectric materials for direct conversion between thermal and electric energy, use of nanotechnology to advance solar thermal and solar photovoltaic devices, fundamental investigation of phonon transport.