Michael Gevelber

Associate Professor (ME, MSE, SE)

Associate Professor (ME, MSE, SE)

  • Primary Appointment Mechanical Engineering
  • Education Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Additional Affiliations Division of Materials Science & Engineering
    Division of Systems Engineering
  • Areas of Interest Modeling and control for advanced materials processing applications and sustainable buildings: Electro-spinning of nanofibers, Plasma spray, Optimization of Building HVAC systems, Building Energy Use
  • Research Areas Professor Gevelber’s engineering research focuses on developing enhanced materials processing capabilities though modeling, sensor development, experimentation, and integrated system and control design. Research in his Advanced Materials Process Control Laboratory has focused on designing and implementing real time control for a variety of materials processing systems and includes production scale equipment for electron beam deposition, plasma spray, crystal growth, and electrospinning. Current research projects include electrospinning of nanofibers and plasma spray for thermal barrier coatings and fuel cells.

    In terms of sustainability, his research includes improving energy efficiency of buildings including developing a new system identification approach that helps optimize air flow in existing commercial buildings, and conducting energy assessments for urban housing and universities. Professor Gevelber has lead a class which has conducted the first detailed energy audit for the Boston University’s Campus, which included identifying and implementing possible conservation options. He serves on the university’s Sustainability Committee, co-chairs the university’s energy working group, is a member of the universities Clean Energy and Environmental Initiative, which is focused on integrating the research efforts across the various colleges on campus, and serves on Newton’s Energy Commission.

    Professor Gevelber is a participating faculty member of the division of materials science and engineering (MSE) and an affiliated faculty member in the Division of Systems Engineering (SE). He is also the founder and manager of Cyber Materials LLC, which develops advanced control solutions to improve manufacturing processes, and a co-founder of Aeolus Building Efficiency, winner of the 2013 energy efficiency track of the MIT Clean Energy Contest.


Selected Patents
  • M.A. Gevelber, D. Wroblewski, “Feedback Enhanced Plasma Spray Tool: molten plasma flux control “, 5/31/2011, U.S. Patent  7,952,047.
  • B. Vattiat, D. Wroblewski, M. Gevelber, “Plasma State and Flux Sensor”, 9/6/2011, U.S. Patent 8,013,994.
  • D. Wroblewski, M. Gevelber, P. Gallagher, “Automated technique of measuring room air change rates in HVAC system”, U.S.,  PCT Application filed Nov. 17, 2012,  PCT/US12/65786.


Affiliation: Affiliated Faculty (SE), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (ME), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (MSE), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (SE), Primary Faculty (MSE),