• 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. 13, 2014
    Researchers at MIT's School of Engineering, working with colleagues at the Pontificial University of Chile in Santiago, are harvesting potable water from the coastal fog that forms on the edge of one...
  • 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...
  • Mar. 25, 2014
    The Atlantic razor clam uses very little energy to burrow into undersea soil at high speed. Now a detailed insight into how the animal digs has led to the development of a robotic clam that can...
  • Dec. 10, 2013
    Photo Credit: Tony Pulsone   For Professor Emeritus Woodie Flowers (SM ’68, MEng ’71, PhD ’73), engineering is all about having fun. But it wasn’t always that way. As a high school student from a...
  • 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
      By Alissa Mallinson   The online learning revolution isn’t the first time that the Department of Mechanical Engineering – nor the Institute as a whole for that matter – has been at the forefront...
  • Dec. 10, 2013
    Photo Credit: Tony Pulsone It is not unusual for some undergraduate students to start the famously hands-on Course 2 program in mechanical engineering at MIT with little machine experience. But not...
  • 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...
  • Nov. 20, 2013
    Those who study hydrophobic materials — water-shedding surfaces such as those found in nature and created in the laboratory — are familiar with a theoretical limit on the time it takes for a water...
  • Nov. 13, 2013
    Lithium-air batteries have become a hot research area in recent years: They hold the promise of drastically increasing power per battery weight, which could lead, for example, to electric cars with a...
  • Nov. 6, 2013
    An MIT mathematician and a celebrity chef have combined talents to create two culinary novelties inspired by nature. John Bush, a professor of applied mathematics, and renowned Spanish chef José...
  • 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
    Karina Pikhart (SB ’09)   by Alissa Mallinson   Courtesy of ProxTalker The beginnings of 6dot Innovations, an assistive technology company started by MechE alumna Karina Pikhart (SB ’09), take us...
  • Jun. 26, 2013
    Nate Ball (SB ’05, SM ’07) and Bryan Schmid (SB ’03, SM ’05)   Nate Ball Bryan Schmid   by Alissa Mallinson   MechE alumni Nate Ball (SB ’05, SM ’07) and Bryan Schmid (SB ’03, SM ’05) entered the...
  • Jun. 26, 2013
      by Alissa Mallinson   Photo credit: Ted Perkins Recent MechE graduate Kevin Rustagi (SB ’11) is a serial entrepreneur. Well, perhaps not quite yet, but he will be. His eyes light up when he talks...
  • Jun. 26, 2013
    Benge Ambrogi (SM ‘87), Pete Mansfield (PhD ’90), Mick Mountz (SB ‘87), Matt Verminski (SM ‘98), and Pete Wurman (SB ‘87)   by Alissa Mallinson   Courtesy of Kiva Systems When a handful of MIT...
  • Jun. 26, 2013
    Dave Smith (SM ’11)   Courtesy of LiquiGlide Everyone has probably heard of LiquiGlide by now. Almost every media channel has reported on the company’s star product or published the now recognizable...
  • Jun. 26, 2013
    Efficiency Innovation for Water Purification   From left to right: Karim Chehayeb, Gregory Thiel, Steven Lam, Prakash Narayan Govindan, Max St. John, Ronan McGovern,and Professor John Lienhard. Photo...
  • 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...

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