Materials Science & Engineering
Recognizing that the future will depend not only on new materials but also on the innovative use of traditional materials, WPI research in materials science and engineering employs a multi-disciplinary approach to study and improve the ways in which diverse materials are made, used, and recycled. WPI's cutting-edge research includes projects that advance casting, powder metallurgy, and heat treating; use advanced technology to recover metal from the waste stream; design and manufacture products to optimize performance, reliability, and recyclability; and utilize computational techniques to study what occurs at the boundaries of multiple fluid phases. Researchers collaborate across disciplines and with industry partners through forward-looking facilities including the Metal Processing Institute, the Integrative Materials Design Center, and the Surface Metrology Laboratory.
Lighter Metals, Greener Vehicles
Diana Lados explores the factors that make light metals prone to failure. The result could be greater use of these metals in vehicles, which could cut both energy usage and carbon emissions.