Research

Pursuing Advances and Solutions While Imparting Practical Knowledge

Along with seeking new discoveries and solutions for a wide range of societal challenges, a key objective of research in the Mechanical Engineering department is to introduce students to the multidisciplinary nature of modern mechanical engineering. The result is knowledge that can be applied to today’s most pressing challenges.

World-class faculty members lead diverse, focused teams to engage in the kind of research that has led to significant advances in virtually every aspect of mechanical engineering—and the related fields of manufacturing engineering, materials science and engineering, and materials processing engineering.

Research Focus Areas

Learn more about these fascinating research efforts and the faculty members involved with each.

 
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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Jamal S. Yagoobi
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Title: George I. Alden Professor

    Professor Yagoobi enjoys teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels because it is very rewarding and allows for interaction the students. He is also head of the department.

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    Name: Diran Apelian
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    Professor Apelian’s research has helped establish mechanisms and fundamentals in metal processing, and helped lay the foundations for significant industrial developments.

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    Name: Isa Bar-On
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    Professor Bar-On co-founded the Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI) @WPI, an interdisciplinary research institute working with several clinical partners.

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    Name: Christopher Brown
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    Professor Brown has published over 100 articles on design, surfaces and surface metrology and has patents a fractal method for characterizing surface textures and for friction testing.

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    Name: Chrysanthe Demetry
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Demetry enjoys the opportunity to help students develop holistically as critical thinkers and lifelong learners, innovators, and effective and ethical communicators.

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    Name: Simon Evans
    Department: Aerospace Engineering
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor Evans’ teaching interests include thermo-fluids and aeronautical engineering disciplines within the department's Aerospace program.

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    Name: Allen Hoffman
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Title: Professor / Associate Department Head

    Professor Hoffman teaches project-based design courses in which teams, usually made up of four students design, build, and evaluate devices.

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    Name: Jianyu Liang
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Liang’s educational effort is focused on contributing to the creation of a well-structured nanoscience and nanotechnology curriculum at WPI.

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    Name: David Olinger
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Olinger’s research group (including graduate and undergraduate students) works on an emerging renewable energy technology, airborne energy systems.

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    Name: Brian Savilonis
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    For Professor Savilonis, the project mode of education is a significant tenet of WPI; project based courses are common, along with the required IQP and MQP.

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    Name: Richard Sisson
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    Professor Sisson is dean of graduate studies, George F. Fuller Professor, and director of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering at WPI.

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    Name: Yan Wang
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Title: Assistant Professor

    At WPI, Professor Wang’s main responsibilities are teaching and research. “I enjoy teaching and interacting with students because I like to impart my knowledge…”

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