MECHANICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH AND FACILITIES
In the Department of Mechanical Engineering, exciting opportunities exist for students and faculty at all levels to address some of the Earth's greatest challenges. We consider it our mission as engineers to serve the common good, encompassing humanity and the natural world.
AREAS OF FOCUS
Mechanical Engineering faculty are modeling, developing and testing robots and autonomous vehicles (unmanned systems)—ground, marine and air—and their cooperative missions. They are also developing advanced modeling techniques integrating machine learning and physics for complex dynamic systems.
Research involves the modeling of cells, tissues and biomaterials; cryopreservation; cardiovascular engineering; computational bone mechanics and solid mechanics; brain biomechanics; cellular biomechanics and biofluid dynamics.
Faculty are engaged in nanomechanical characterization and modeling and the design of nanomaterials and nanostructures for a variety of applications. They are also investigating the mechanical response of advanced materials.
Research involves thermal and flow management and architecture design, heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics, systems engineering, biomimetic and bioinspired flows, and engineering for sustainability. Constructal theory is also an area of specialization.
CENTERS AND LABS
CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems is developing methodologies, tools and systems to maximize energy efficiency and productivity in the operation of data centers, creating a greener industry
Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Control is working on real-world applications—including security, mobility and healthcare—of nonlinear dynamic systems and control theory
Villanova Center for Analytics of Dynamic Systems is making use of "big data" to uncover the underlying dynamics for analysis, diagnostics, prognostics and health management
- Advanced Control Theory and Applications
- Biothermal Sciences
- Cellular Biomechanics and Sport Science
- Computational Biomechanics and Solid Mechanics
- Flow Simulation & Flow Physics
- Heterogeneous Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory
- Hybrid Nano-Architectures and Advanced Manufacturing
- Laboratory for Advanced Thermal and Fluid Systems
- Mechanics of Materials and Processing
- Methods for Systems Analysis
- Multiscale Modeling of Materials and Machine Learning
- Nano-Bio-Mechanical Characterization
- Nanoengineering Multiphase/Interfacial Energy Transport
- Thermal and Flow Management of Multiscale Systems
- Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vessels
Mechanical Engineering research funding comes from:
Air Force Small Business Technology Transfer
Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Department of Energy
NASA Small Business Technology Transfer
National Science Foundation
Office of Naval Research
National Institutes of Health