Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Groundbreaking research in a collaborative environment.

WPI’s Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering continues to build upon its 150-year history of innovative undergraduate and graduate engineering education. With the expertise of more than 40 faculty members, our research solves problems that matter to people and the larger society. 

The university's commitment to research contributes to a continuing and substantial growth in research expenditures and graduate student population. Faculty and students work closely to advance WPI’s particular strengths in Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Advanced Materials, Autonomous Vehicles, Space Exploration, Health and Biotechnology, Sensors and Metrology, Food and Water, and Engineering Education.

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Undergraduate Research Projects Showcase

A celebration of research, design, and creative theses—a requirement of every graduating senior through the Major Qualifying Project (MQP)—takes place each spring on campus. Student teams representing all academic departments present their work to their faculty advisors, external sponsors, and the community-at-large, and the public is invited.

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Research

Students in WPI’s Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering have many choices for projects and research, including Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Advanced Materials, Autonomous Vehicles, Space Exploration, Health and Biotechnology, Sensors and Metrology, Food and Water, and Engineering Education.

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Our People

Our world-class faculty use their expertise, diverse perspectives, and commitment to innovation and collaboration to teach the next generation of engineers while also leading groundbreaking research to solve the world's most pressing challenges.

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Beyond WPI

Whether the final goal is a career path in research or one in industry, the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience gained at WPI will ensure students have a place in the next phase of mechanical and materials engineering that has a direct, global impact. 

From WPI's University Magazine

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The Race for the 'Auld Mug'

Liam Shanahan ’18 combines engineering and sailing skills to elevate the 37th America’s Cup challenge.

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Untapped Energy

WPI researchers use novel ideas to tackle the urgent need for clean energy.

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Digging Deep

To aid a fragile planet, alumni trio uses AI to improve scrap metal recycling in the face of growing demand.

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Student Project: Living with Fracking in Albania

This student team won first place in the President's IQP Awards for their project highlighting fracking's impact on women in Albania

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Meet Our Students

Laura Rodriguez Melo '26
Laura Rodriguez Melo '26
BS in Mechanical Engineering

Laura immerses herself in experiential learning with meaningful projects and other academic opportunities. [...]

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Tessa Lytle
Tessa Lytle
PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Tessa’s college career, both on and off the skating rink, has provided her many opportunities to get involved and make an impact. [...]

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Lydia Tonani-Penha, BS '23, PhD
Lydia Tonani-Penha, BS '23, PhD
PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Lydia looks to inspire other student researchers while expanding her opportunities for research and learning. [...]

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Alisa Gueco '25
Alisa Gueco '25
BS in Mechanical Engineering

Alisa grows her research and leadership skills through her lab work and involvement with several student groups.  [...]

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Gabriel Espinosa ‘24
Gabriel Espinosa ‘24
BS in Mechanical Engineering

Gabriel works to pursue his passion for sustainability and engineering through WPI’s clubs and hands-on learning experiences. [...]

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Donor Profiles

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Gregory Tucker '92

Giving back in gratitude

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Jason P. Macari '84

Lifelong learner remains lifelong supporter