In the Design research area, everything from a steam turbine to a gaming console is conceived, designed, fabricated, assembled, and delivered by an engineer who understands design, manufacturing, sustainability, and the supply chain.
Research Includes: Precision and machine design, product design and development, environment and sustainability, information and sensing, manufacturing process, and systems.
PhD candidate Thomas Milnes explains his thesis research: the development of novel hardware and software techniques -- such as "digital aperture" and "programmable deconvolution" -- for the field of light field imaging.
Working directly with end users, the GEAR Lab team has created several drip irrigation technology solutions, including a low-cost, solar-powered precision irrigation controller that optimizes energy use and water use.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.