Research and teaching in the Mechanics area are focused on enriching the spectrum of models and tools for describing and predicting static and dynamic thermomechanical phenomena. Understanding and optimizing the mechanical and dynamical response of a material system is essential to its ultimate application.
Research Includes: Fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, nonlinear mechanics, computational mechanics, and structural mechanics.
Jeehwan Kim, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, is using his background in materials science to build a physical neural network and produce cheap semiconductor wafers – technologies that could help bring the artificial intelligence power of super computers to handheld devices.
A robotic thread developed by Associate Professor Xuanhe Zhao can be steered magnetically through blood vessels in the brain and deliver clot-reducing therapies in response to stroke or other brain blockages.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.