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.
In work that could someday turn cell phones into sensors capable of detecting viruses and other minuscule objects, MIT researchers, including Dr. Brian Anthony, have built a powerful nanoscale flashlight on a chip.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.