The research activity in each department covers applied and basic research, cuts across disciplines, and offers students both breadth and depth. We invite you to browse our research areas in more depth by clicking on the areas below. You may also wish to explore our impressive facilities, maker spaces, research labs, and affiliates.
DYNAMICS, ROBOTICS, SYSTEMS & CONTROLS
The Dynamics, Robotics, Systems, and Control group develops technologies for the design, analysis, and control of complex systems in a variety of application areas ranging from basic research to robotics and automation.
Biomechanics is the application of mechanical engineering theory and practice to biological materials and systems. The department hosts a diverse portfolio in biomechanics research, with emphases on orthopedic and cardiovascular diseases, cancer detection, and diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound.
MEMS & NANOTECHNOLOGY
The MEMS and Nanotechnology group conducts research across a wide expanse of topics, ranging from materials characterization to the design and fabrication of MEMS and NEMS to the detection and study of single molecules.
The Materials group is engaged in highly interdisciplinary materials research to drive new innovations to solve critical societal problems in areas such as energy and healthcare, among others.
ACOUSTICS & VIBRATIONS
Acoustics research studies all aspects of sound (audible and inaudible) including: generation, propagation, detection and even perception. Acoustics offers challenges that are fundamental in nature and also broad in application. At the human scale, acoustics and vibration are closely linked and a vast amount of research is aimed at reducing vibrations in order to reduce the associated noise. At smaller scales, vibrations can be utilized in measurement devices.
Thermofluid sciences involve the study of the heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and mass transfer in complex engineering systems. Many of the applications of thermofluid sciences focus on the development of alternative and sustainable energy technologies. The department hosts a wide variety of research projects in this area. These projects range of the study of high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells, to micro- and nano-scale heat transfer in energy materials, to understanding the fundamental physics occurring at the interfaces of bubbles and multiphase systems.
COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCES & ENGINEERING
Scientific computing is often called the “third pillar of science”, standing right next to theoretical analysis and experiments for scientific discovery. Computational science is a multi-disciplinary activity involving experts in the application and experts in the development and implementation of computational methods. At BU MechE, a large fraction of the research projects has an associated computational aspect. Computational fluid dynamic simulations, finite element simulations, and particle interaction simulations are applied regularly to study fluid-thermal and mechanical systems at all scales. In addition, new computational techniques are being developed to push the state-of-the-art in simulation capacity.