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.

 
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    Faculty Profile

    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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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Diana Lados
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    Founding Director of WPI’s Integrative Materials Design Center Professor Lados received a $424,000 award from the NSF to create new metal-ceramic composite manufacturing methods.

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    Faculty Profile

    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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    Faculty Profile

    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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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Mingjiang Tao
    Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Title: Assistant Professor

    I teach geotechnical and pavement engineering courses. My favorite activities are helping students develop critical thinking skills and become independent learners and problem solvers.

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