Undergraduate Programs

Knowledge and Meaningful Skills that Make a Difference

By combining a comprehensive education in the engineering sciences with a solid foundation in practical, problem-solving know-how, WPI’s Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program prepares students to take on challenges that may carry technological and societal consequences.

That means mechanical engineering students may design and build a more fuel efficient airplane, design a lighter wheelchair, test flow in constricted blood vessels, or determine the optimal design of mechanical elements.

Learning by Doing

As part of WPI’s commitment to hands-on learning, projects and research are critical components of a mechanical engineering education. Projects include the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) and Major Qualifying Project (MQP) before graduation. These can be completed here or abroad at one of our worldwide Project Centers.

 
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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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    Faculty Profile

    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 the George F. Fuller Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering.

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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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