Enriching Student Experiences Through Research
The graduate faculty of the mechanical engineering department is dynamic and committed to professional growth. With an over-arching theme of socially responsible engineering, our faculty and students engage in research to enhance the quality of life through assistive device technologies, provide innovative solutions to some of our society's most pressing needs such as sustainable energy systems, advance vehicles systems technology through fundamental and applied fuel cell research, and develop leaders to shape tomorrow's economy through innovate product development and leadership training.
Innovative product development, fostering personal leadership skills, and a systems approach to engineering are evident in our primary focus areas. Find out more details about each area!
Unmanned Aircraft Design, Fabrication, and Testing
High Performance Vehicle Engineering
Fuel Cell Technology
Performance Vehicle Systems
Assistive Device Technologies
Artificial Organ Engineering
Biomedical Device Engineering
Cardiovascular assist devices
Inflammation Response of Neutrophils
Microscale Heat and Mass Transfer
Energy Systems for Developing Countries
UV Water Disinfection Systems
Self-Regenerating Particulate Trap Systems For Emissions
Current research activities include finite elements, vibrations, robotics, cardiovascular signal processing and system modeling, turbomachinery flows, laser-based flow measurement, applications of computational fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and computer-aided design and manufacturing. Research also is conducted in areas such as vibration damping, boiling heat transfer and thermal simulation of heat exchangers and electronic devices, non-linear dynamics, and fracture mechanisms in materials. We have students and faculty interested in software design and development for engineering applications, experimental heat transfer, developing techniques for airfoil optimization, flow in time-varying boundaries, two-phase heat transfer, heat and moisture transport in porous media, characterization of intermetallic materials, flow boiling and fluid mixing. The department houses several laboratories, which support vibration and modal analysis, robotics, industrial fluids applications, thermal analysis, biomedical systems analysis and materials science. Still want to learn more? Consider visiting our department to meet with faculty members, and learn FIRST HAND about the exciting opportunities awaiting you at RIT!
If you are a student who is interested in research, you are encouraged to contact faculty members in the areas that interest you.