Faculty in Mechanical Engineering are pushing the frontiers of product design and advanced manufacturing in areas ranging from consumer-based innovation to new design tools and materials.
Concept through production
Can better products be made through 3D printing and new materials? Can we design products consumers love that are also good for the earth? Can we create new tools and methods so that people design creative, better functioning products?
Faculty and students in mechanical engineering explore product design from early concept stages through production, focusing on design theory, methods, and practice to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of new products.
Innovation in design
Faculty explore product creation, services, and interactive experiences that define new product opportunities to exceed user value expectations.
They collaborate across disciplines in business, design, and psychology to understand the decision-making that drives consumers to choose products and how people can create more desirable products.
Faculty also collaborate in the areas of biomechanics, energy, materials, and other emerging technologies to advance the design of solutions to hard engineering problems.
Computational tools for design
Researchers explore advances in 3D modeling and generative software to enable better design of new products. Faculty explore the integration of computational tools such as geometric modeling with analysis for efficiency as well as custom-made product opportunities.
Other work uses optimizing search to explore broad design spaces, seeking creative outcomes or solutions to challenging optimization problems.