Research

Diverse Interests, Divers Expertise, Innovative Solutions

Students and faculty in the Materials Process Engineering (MPE) program engage in innovative research to meet the demands of today’s unique challenges. The strength of this program lies in its interdisciplinary approach and its strong industrial interaction, both supported by the diverse backgrounds, expertise, and research interests of the faculty.

Research topics in the MPE program include lean manufacturing, electrospinning of polymers, cost analysis of fuel cells, computer-aided fixture design, surface metrology, and market analysis, among many others. No matter what aspect of materials process engineering interests you, you will be encouraged to collaborate and interact with faculty and students who share your interests. Learn about the fascinating research being conducted by our diverse faculty.

Unique Research Opportunities

The Metal Processing Institute (MPI) and the Materials Science & Engineering department at WPI have developed a series of industrial internships for graduate students. MPI is a research facility supported by over 90 corporate partners, as well as funding from private foundations and the federal government. During the last decade, MPI has developed into one of the nation's premiere research centers dedicated to metal processing.

Research and project work address the fundamental issues of the industry through the three centers of MPI:

The centers pursue three kinds of research projects:

  • Precompetitive fundamental research funded by the members
  • Large-scale projects funded by the federal government or foundations leveraging the research agenda of the centers
  • Specific and proprietary research conducted for the consortium members, when appropriate