Many faculty in MechE have affiliations with the Division of Materials Science and Engineering and the Division of Systems Engineering, with closely overlapping research interests. Faculty from the department are also affiliated with other cross-disciplinary centers across Boston University.
At the top of that list is the Photonics Center, where faculty whose research uses light can have lab and office space. The Photonics Center also has a number of shared facilities, from an Optoelectronics Processing Lab to precision imaging (SEMs and TEMs) and patterning (focused ion beam) equipment. We have close interactions with BU nano, where researchers who work at the nanoscale share students and technologies.
With arrival of Prof. Brian Walsh and the excitement surrounding the BU Cube Satellite activity, we are increasing our efforts in Space Technologies, working closely with the Center for Space Physics.
Last, but not least, we are actively engaged with the BU Arts Initiative, which sponsored an exchange where a student photographer spent time in a fluid dynamics lab and a MechE grad student visited an art class.
Materials Science & Engineering
The Division of Materials Science & Engineering at Boston University is truly interdisciplinary, with collaboration across the College of Engineering, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. We boast impressive research activities in biomaterials, electronic and photonics materials, materials for energy and the environment, and nanomaterials.
The mission of the Division of Systems Engineering (SE) is to prepare graduate students for research careers or as practicing systems engineers. The Division provides a home across departments and colleges for faculty and students interested in the foundations and methodologies of information and systems engineering and in all application areas encompassing the modeling, analysis, simulation, control, optimization, and management of complex systems.
BU Photonics Center
The Boston University Photonics Center will pioneer fundamental knowledge and innovative technology in the field of Photonics. We aim to work on important and basic problems, to translate enabling discoveries into useful applications, and to educate future leaders in the field.
BU Nanotechnology Innovation Center
The Boston University Nanotechnology Innovation Center (BUnano) is a collaborative research center that includes faculty members from ten departments from the Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine. The Center’s mission is to promote a vibrant and dynamic community for nano-related disciplines at BU.
Center for Space Physics
The mission of the Center for Space Physics is to promote and foster space physics research at Boston University, and to provide a central base for that research, including the teaching of space physics.
BU Arts Initiative
Our mission at the BU Arts Initiative is to ensure the integral role of the arts in the educational experience of every BU student. We support faculty, student, and staff projects, making sure the arts are deeply embedded within the cultural and intellectual fabric of the University.
Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing & Imaging Systems
The Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems is a multi-university National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (NSF-ERC) founded in 2000. Its mission is to develop new technologies to detect hidden objects and to use those technologies to meet real-world subsurface challenges in areas as diverse as noninvasive breast cancer detection and underground pollution assessment.
Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE)
CISE researchers shape and apply ideas from information science and systems engineering, making an impact on a number of application areas. Learn more about our solutions in Automation, Robotics & Control, Computational Biology & Medicine, Cyber-Physical Systems, Data Analytics, Energy Systems, Information Sciences, and Networks. The center fosters collaboration between faculty and students from across Boston University with interests in information and systems engineering. We host a renowned seminar series, create partnerships with industry, and sponsor resident scholars. Our student initiatives include an annual daylong workshop, support for travel to conferences, and professional development programs.