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Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Research Interests

The department's relatively small size allows for close relationships with faculty members who are experts in their fields. Vanderbilt's long tradition of and commitment to cross-disciplinary research fosters a rich variety of interdisciplinary projects, in which mechanical engineering researchers often play pivotal roles. The department is well funded and has strong ties to alumni, faculty in other universities, government agencies and industry.

The department of mechanical engineering has earned a national reputation in several research areas, including:

  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical microdevices
  • Combustion and propulsion
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Controls
  • Drop and Bubble Dynamics
  • Dynamics
  • Energy storage and conversion systems
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Laser diagnostics of combustion
  • Mechatronics
  • Medical devices
  • Medical robotics
  • Microfluidics
  • Materials science
  • Microscale heat transfer
  • Nanophotonics
  • Nanoscale energy transport
  • Prosthetics
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Rehabilitation robotics
  • Robotics and mechanisms
  • Tissue Engineering