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Areas of Research Excellence

School of MIME researchers have achieved global prominence in six signature areas – Advanced Manufacturing; Design; Production, Service & Human Systems; Next-Generation Materials; Renewable Energy & Energy Sustainability; and Robotics.

Our interdisciplinary approach allows us to attract and retain world-class faculty across the core disciplines of engineering, and promote further excellence in thinking and breakthrough research within our collaboratory environment. It is a model that suits the needs and minds of our students as well – who also seek to solve global challenges and real-world problems.

  • Advanced Manufacturing
    The Advanced Manufacturing group focuses concurrently on fundamental research and the commercially feasible development of manufacturing processes and systems that enable the high-value products of tomorrow. Specific research areas include scalable nanomaterial synthesis and thin-film deposition, powder sintering and injection molding, machining mechanics and process-machine interaction, material forming and additive manufacturing processes, as well as cost analysis, sustainability assessment and digital streamlining of manufacturing system.
  • Design Engineering
    Design Engineering research focuses on understanding and improving the process of design in order to facilitate the creation of groundbreaking technologies. With six active faculty, the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering has the largest academic mechanical engineering design research lab in the United States.
  • Production, Service, & Human Systems
    Production, Service, & Human Systems researchers focus on the design, integration, and optimization of systems to efficiently integrate people, equipment and information.
  • Next-Generation Materials
    Next-generation materials research in MIME focuses primarily on structural materials, biomaterials, electronic ceramics, energy materials, sensors, and bulk and thin film materials processing.
  • Renewable Energy & Energy Sustainability
    Renewable Energy & Energy Sustainability research focuses on development of breakthrough concepts, energy products, and systems to address critical environmental, societal, and economic issues while informing practices and attitudes towards energy utilization.
  • Robotics
    Robotics researchers focus on design, modeling and control of systems that observe, move within, interact with, and act upon their environment. Such systems include mobile robots, micro-aerial vehicles and large active-sensor networks.