The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has 24 full-time faculty members, and approximately 400 undergraduate and 100 graduate students. The faculty in the department are actively engaged in teaching, research and service across a wide spectrum of technical areas within mechanical and industrial engineering.
Current active research areas include Energy Systems with special emphasis on Off-shore Wind Energy and Energy Conservation, Mechanical Systems Design focusing on Sensors and Bioengineering, Information Engineering with concentration in Distributed Decision-making, Human-factored Engineering and Quality Management, Materials and Manufacturing with emphasis on Materials Processing and Intelligent Manufacturing, and Interfacial Fluid Mechanics with emphasis on Large Scale Simulation and Non-Newtonian Fluids.
Ian Grosse Finite element modeling and analysis of biomechanical systems Interoperability, reusability, and adaptability of engineering tools, methods, and models
Hari Balasubramanian Operations research applied to healthcare delivery, specifically patient access management and medical decision making and health policy; scheduling theory and algorithms; combinatorial optimization; heuristics; genetic algorithms.