Mechanical Engineering

Research Facilities


Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Processing (AM2P) Laboratory and 3D Printing Laboratory

  Director:  Dr. Tushar Borkar

The AM2P and 3D Printing labs provide the state-of-the-art facilities for realizing next generation materials and educating the next generation of engineers. The focus of the labs is on 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 include 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.


Predictive Modeling Network for Sustainable Human-Building Ecoystems (SHBE)

PI: Dr. Yong Tao 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 wider application of sustainable building technology.  The network activities focus on defining an innovative, new interdisciplinary area, “Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystem (SHBE),” 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 or contact PI Dr. Yong Tao at



Center for Rotating Machinery Dynamics and Control (RoMaDyC)


                       Dynamics and Control        

The Center'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.

Dynamics and Control of Structures, Mechatronic Systems, Structural Health Monitoring, Active Magnetic Bearings, Robust Control, Model Validation, Robust Fault Detection, Rotordynamics, Lubrication, Design of Machine Components.

Control, Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory (CRM)

Director:  Dr. Hanz Richter

Picture and link for the Control, Robotics and Mechatronics LaboratoryThe 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.





Experimental Flow Control and Wind Energy Laboratory


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.

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The Human Motion and Control Laboratory group was founded in 2012 when Ton 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 measurement and study of human motion (primarily gait in walking and running).




Director:  Dr. Eric Schearer

Center for Human - Machine Systems (CHMS)​​​​​​​       

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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 to its members a synergistic environment and resources to promote the development of high-quality, well funded, and high impact research projects.