Mechanical Engineering, WPI’s oldest and largest department, continues to attract renowned faculty and top students because what we do here is remarkable. The department’s resources allow for diverse research and exploration that give faculty and students opportunities to directly impact areas of most concern to them.

In a collaborative and challenging environment, students and faculty work together on projects and research that form the foundation of our commitment to learning while doing. Faculty help students explore and choose the academic path that matches their interests, and then students dig deeper with transformative projects and independent research. From their first courses here, students sharpen their critical thinking skills and put their problem-solving abilities to real use—giving them a distinct career advantage.

Student Projects In the News

The Boston Globe reports on Lola, the injured sea turtle who received a first-of-its-kind prosthetic flipper designed by three WPI engineering students. The new flipper will allow Lola and other maimed turtles to be rehabilitated and live a more normal life--and is another step toward next-generation animal prosthetics. The student project team included two mechanical engineering majors working under the guidance of project advisors Brian Savilonis and Yuxiang Liu as part of their Major Qualifying Project (MQP).  

Projects & Research

Students in WPI’s mechanical engineering department have many choices for projects and research including those in aeronautics, astronautics, biomechanical, engineering mechanics, manufacturing, materials science and engineering, mechanical design, robotics, and thermal-fluid engineering.

Improving Windmill Gears

Wind turbines are expected to produce electricity. But the quality of their design and manufacture is a key factor in their efficiency and dependability. Watch this video to see how WPI is working to improve the process and outcome.

WPI Collaborates with Industry in Research Centers

Mechanical engineering students also have access to several collaborative alliances between WPI and industry.

  • The Metals Processing Institute (MPI) and its three centers work to advance research, solve business challenges, and promote materials science partnerships.
  • The Integrative Materials Design Center, iMDC is a WPI-based research center dedicated to advancing sustainable materials-process- component design and manufacturing for better performance, reliability, and recyclability.
  • The Center for Advanced Research in Drying, CARD is devoted to research in drying of moist, porous materials including food, agricultural products, forestry products, chemical products, textiles, and biopharmaceuticals.
  • The HAAS Technical Education Center earned the distinction of becoming one of a handful of HTECH showrooms nationwide. Students in mechanical engineering programs use these facilities to conceive, design, and create their own CNC machined parts for projects. 

Career Development

With the varied skills and problem-solving capabilities of a mechanical engineering education, graduates find careers in industries from aerospace to academia to automotive. Our graduates find their project-based work gives them the hands-on experience needed to hit the ground running after graduation.

BS/MS Option

Outstanding mechanical engineering students may opt to earn a BS/MS degree in an accelerated time. Students interested in the program are encouraged to complete an online graduate admissions application during their junior year, noting they want the BS/MS program for mechanical engineering.

Doctoral Students

Chaoyang Ti

Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, (WPI), Worcester, MA
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (May 2013)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, (WPI), Worcester, MA
Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (July 2006)
Bachelor of Science in Business
Harbin Engineering University, (HEU), Harbin, China

Farhad Khosravi

PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in nano-biotechnology. Researching the development and implementation of novel carbon nanotube biosensor micro-arrays for detection and capture of biomarkers and cells in cancer diagnostic applications. The project, entitled “Nanotube Antibody Arrays for Profiling Circulating Diseased Cells” is funded by NIH and provides me with ample opportunities to experience and learn skills far beyond traditional research programs.

Masoud Loeian

Nanotechology has shown its impact on important aspects of modern life including biology, electronics, energy, and agriculture. I am an expert in characterization and fabrication of new materials and composites in different length scale using nano and micro structures. As an example, I have worked on high aspect ratio scanning probe microscopy, artificial muscles which are electroactive polymers and light weight composites.

Wisawat Keaswejjareansuk

Wisawat has background in Mechanical Engineering (mechanics, thermal sciences and fluid engineering). He received B.Eng in 2009 from Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University (Thailand). He obtained a M.S. in 2012 from University of New Haven (West Haven, CT USA). In 2013, he has started his Ph.D. program also in Mechanical Engineering at WPI, and, joined the Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Laboratory a year after.