Photos: M. Scott Brauer and Stuart Darsch
This is part of an occasional series of features profiling academic departments at MIT.
"This is a department with a very long history,” says Andrew...
PhD Student Wins First Place for 3D Modeling Tools
This past March at the South by Southwest Festival’s Accelerator-Innovative Web Track competition, two MIT students—Tom Milnes, MechE PhD...
American Bureau of Shipping Department Service Award (Outstanding Service to M.E. Department)
Guangtao Zhang, Yazan Z. AlNahhas
Lockheed Martin Prize (Outstanding Sophomore in Mechanical &...
We are pleased to introduce two new faculty members, Mark Thomas and Amos Winter. Mechanical Engineering is in an exciting period of faculty renewal, with four faculty searches this year in...
RJ Scaringe, CEO, Rivian
RJ Scaringe (Photo: Courtesy of Rivian)
When most people first hear that alum RJ Scaringe (SM ‘07, PhD ‘09) has started a new car company, they are stunned. Why focus...
Associate Professor Martin L. Culpepper
Professor Martin Culpepper (Photo credit: Tony Pulsone)
Associate Professor Martin L. Culpepper received his PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT, then...
“Core engineering principles can be brought to bear to invent and improve manufacturing processes, but the ever-changing commercial demands of manufacturing also create opportunities to expand...
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...
Professor Nick Fang Explores Etching at the Nanoscale
Using electrochemical and optical processes, programmable metamaterials, composed of functional micro- and nanostructures, are prototyped...
MechE Alum Leads a Revolution in Displays
Clarence Chui (PhD ‘98) (Photo credit: Ken Hansen)
Clarence Chui (PhD ‘98), senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm’s MEMS Technologies,...
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...
An Engineering Mind and a Business Savvy
by Alissa Mallinson
With technological advances pervading almost every aspect of business, we all know by now how important it is for business people to...
MIT Faculty See Promise in American Manufacturing
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by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office
Not long ago, MIT political scientist and faculty member Suzanne Berger was...
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,...
Graduating Senior Lays Groundwork for Locating Fresh Water Sources
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by Nancy Adams
Submarine groundwater discharge, or SGD, describes water flowing underground...
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...
For years, the U.S. Navy has employed human divers, equipped with sonar cameras, to search for underwater mines attached to ship hulls. The Navy has also trained dolphins and sea lions to search for...
When Woodie Flowers SM ’68, MEng ’71, PhD ’73 was an MIT student in mechanical engineering, most of his classes involved paper-and-pencil design exercises with predetermined “right” solutions; actual...
Video: Melanie Gonick
Fluid dynamics plays a central role in determining Earth's climate. Ocean currents and eddies stir up contents from the deep, while atmospheric winds and weather systems...
Sometimes the fastest pathway from point A to point B is not a straight line: for example, if you’re underwater and contending with strong and shifting currents. But figuring out the best route in...