Mechanical Engineering

Research Facilities

Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Processing Laboratory and 3D Printing Laboratory

AM2P LabDirector: Dr. Tushar Borkar

The Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Processing (AM2P) and 3D Printing labs provide state-of-the-art facilities for realizing next-generation materials and educating the next generation of engineers. The focus of the labs is on the processing of advanced materials particularly metallic materials such as metals, alloys, and composites via advanced manufacturing processes including additive manufacturing/3D printing techniques. The current research in the labs includes understanding the effect of selective laser melting (SLM) processing parameters on densification, microstructure, and mechanical properties of 316L stainless steel; spark plasma sintering of low modulus beta titanium alloys; and development and processing of in situ Ni-Ti-C composites by mechanical alloying followed by spark plasma sintering.

For more information, email Dr. Borkar at


Predictive Modeling Network for Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems

SHBE LabDirector: Dr. Yongxin Tao

The NSF-funded Research Coordination Network (RCN) in Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES), led by Dr. Tao, is entitled Predictive Modeling Network for Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems (SHBE).  It aims at developing a collaborative research platform centered on overcoming bottlenecks in engineering, software, and social/economic sciences that impede the wider application of sustainable building technology.  The network activities focus on defining an innovative, new interdisciplinary area, called "Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems", that integrates human behavioral science, social and economic sciences in tandem with sciences of building design, engineering, and metrology for data validation of building energy consumption and occupant comforts. 

For more information, check the SHBE Website or contact Dr. Tao at


Center for Rotating Machinery Dynamics and Control

Dynamics and Control

Director: Dr. Jerzy T. Sawicki        

The Center for Rotating Machinery Dynamics and Control (RoMaDyC) lab's mission is to serve as a catalyst for interaction with industry and federal research sponsors, foster collaborations with researchers from other disciplines, and attract outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral visitors, and faculty in machine dynamics and control.

​Research areas include Dynamics and Control of Rotating Machinery, Magnetic Bearings, Lubrication, Robust Control, Structural Health Monitoring, Development and Control of Lower-Limb Exoskeletons.

The CSU’s EMDiS (Entrepreneurial Manufacturer Digitization Support) Center of Excellence, led by Dr. Sawicki, is an Economic Development Administration (EDA) backed program targeting digital technology growth among small and mid-sized manufacturers in Northeast Ohio and to develop cost-saving strategies, trial new technology and improve operations efficiencies while stimulating local job growth and retention.

For more information, check the RoMaDyC Website or email Dr. Sawicki at                 


Control, Robotics, and Mechatronics Laboratory

CRM LabDirector: Dr. Hanz Richter

The Control, Robotics, and Mechatronics (CRM) lab is dedicated to theoretical and applied research in the broad areas of control, robotics and mechatronics. Projects always comprise all stages of the control engineering cycle, from theoretical development to practical demonstrations, including modeling and simulation.

For more information, check the CRM Website or email Dr. Richter at


Experimental Flow Control and Wind Energy Laboratory

EFCWE LabDirector: Dr. Wei Zhang

The laboratory of Experimental Flow Control and Wind Energy aims at conducting creative research activities and providing excellent opportunities for students in thermal/fluids and energy systems. We pursue fundamental experimental research on a variety of challenging topics in fluid mechanics and mass/heat transport areas, including turbulent boundary‐layer flows, laminar‐turbulent transition, vortex dynamics, etc. Advanced thermal and flow measurement techniques, in particular planar and volumetric Particle Image Velocimetry are the major tools to quantify the turbulent flow structure of different length and time scales. In addition, we closely work with numerical modelers to acquire Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) validation-quality data sets and develop feasible models for mechanical, aeronautical, civil, and environmental applications.

For more information, check the Experimental Flow Control and Wind Energy Lab website or email Dr. Zhang at


Human Motion and Control Laboratory

HMC LabDirector: Dr. Antonie Van den Bogert

The Human Motion and Control Laboratory group was founded in 2012 when Dr. Van den Bogert was hired as the Parker-Hannifin Endowed Chair in Human Motion and Control in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. This led to the creation of the Parker Hannifin Human Motion and Control Laboratory which has state-of-the-art equipment for the measurement and study of human motion (primarily gait in walking and running).

For more information, check the Human Motion and Control Website or email Dr. Van den Bogert at


Center for Human-Machine Systems

CHMS LabDirector: Dr. Eric Schearer

The Center for Human-Machine Systems (CHMS) aims to improve human-machine systems by combining the unique capabilities of the engineered and natural subsystems.  The center will do this by providing its members with a synergistic environment and resources to promote the development of high-quality, well-funded, and high-impact research projects.

For more information, check the CHMS Website or email Dr. Shearer at


Center for Integrated Modeling for Energy, Resiliency, and Sustainability

IERS Center Opening DayDirector: Dr. Yongxin Tao

We are facing a wide range of grand challenges across the world, such as the continuous increase of energy demand, degraded natural resources, aging population and infrastructure, and more frequent extreme weather and climate conditions. These high-impact events involve complex system-approaches of investigation for scientific solutions.

For more information, check the IERS Website or contact Dr. Tao at