Design and manufacturing is a vigorous area of mechanical engineering research. Contemporary approach to design of components, parts, machines and processes can nowadays combines creative inspiration with powerful computational and design tools. Manufacturing, i.e. the set of technologies that realizes design, has also seen rapid development in recent years with the advent of additive manufacturing. Many of the faculty within the Mechanical Engineering department are active in the Design and Manufacturing research domain. Research activities include:
In particular, MEMS devices or miniaturized structures are rapidly growing owing to its wide applications in medical, health, sensing, and many other industries. These MEMS devices, with physical dimensions in the range of less than one micron up to several millimeters, are usually fabricated using integrated-circuit (IC) microfabrication and high-resolution 3D printing techniques.
Several of the faculty also conduct their research within design and manufacturing through various externally or internally funded research projects, some in close collaboration with industry. Several ongoing projects are also conducted through active research centers, especially the research center on Advanced Design and Additive Manufacturing (ADAM).
Lead: Dr. Imad Barsoum
Below sequence of simulation snapshots show the virtual 3D printing of triply periodic minimum surfaces (TPMS) based meta-material. The work is part of the ADAM research center.
Lead: Dr. Marwan El Rich
Lead: Dr. Bashar El-Khasawneh
Lead: Dr. Haider Butt
Below is a Nd-Yag laser interference setup for wavelengths of 1064 as 532 nm, which is used for producing nano and microscale features in thin films.
Lead: Dr. Andreas Schiffer