Mechanical Engineering

Students at work on projects.

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest and most versatile of the engineering professions.

This is reflected in the portfolio of current activities in the department, one that has widened rapidly in the past decade. Today, our faculty are involved in projects ranging from the use of nanoengineering to develop thermoelectric energy converters to the use of active control of for efficient combustion; from the design of miniature robots for extraterrestrial exploration to the creation of needle-free drug injectors; from the design of low-cost radio-frequency identification chips to the development of advance numerical simulation techniques; from the development of unmanned underwater vehicles to the invention of cost-effective photovoltaic cells; from the desalination of seawater to the fabrication of 3-D nanostructures out of 2-D substrates.

ME recognizes that its future lies in seven key "thrust areas" that will define its research and scholarly agenda. These areas have their foundations rooted in the Institute's 100-plus year history of research defined by the Scientific Method, their vibrant growth by the cross-pollination of interdisciplinary studies, and a potential yield of inventions and innovations only limited by the imagination and ingenuity of its faculty, researchers and students. They are:


Design, Manufacturing, & Product Development

Controls, Instrumentation & Robotics

Energy Science & Engineering

Ocean Science & Engineering


Micro and Nano Engineering

More than two-dozen research laboratories and centers provide ME faculty, research scientists, post-doctoral associates and undergraduate and graduate students the opportunities to meet the challenges of the future by developing ground-breaking innovations today.

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Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 2.000How and Why Machines WorkSpring 2002
 2.001Mechanics & Materials IFall 2006
 2.002Mechanics and Materials IISpring 2004
 2.003Modeling Dynamics and Control ISpring 2005
 2.003JDynamics and Vibration (13.013J)Fall 2002
 2.003JDynamics and Control IFall 2007
 2.003JDynamics and Control ISpring 2007
 2.004Modeling Dynamics and Control IISpring 2003
 2.004Systems, Modeling, and Control IIFall 2007
 2.004Dynamics and Control IISpring 2008
 2.007Design and Manufacturing ISpring 2005
 2.008Design and Manufacturing IISpring 2003
 2.008Design and Manufacturing IISpring 2004
 2.00BToy Product DesignSpring 2008
 2.011Introduction to Ocean Science and EngineeringSpring 2006
 2.016Hydrodynamics (13.012)Fall 2005
 2.017JDesign of Systems Operating in Random EnvironmentsSpring 2006
 2.019Design of Ocean SystemsFall 2005
 2.038JThe Art of Approximation in Science and EngineeringSpring 2008
 2.050JNonlinear Dynamics I: ChaosFall 2006
 2.110JInformation and EntropySpring 2008
 2.12Introduction to RoboticsFall 2005
 2.14Analysis and Design of Feedback Control SystemsSpring 2007
 2.140Analysis and Design of Feedback Control SystemsSpring 2007
 2.51Intermediate Heat and Mass TransferFall 2008
 2.611Marine Power and PropulsionFall 2006
 2.612Marine Power and PropulsionFall 2006
 2.66JFundamentals of Energy in BuildingsFall 2003
 2.670Mechanical Engineering ToolsJanuary (IAP) 2004
2.672Project LaboratorySpring 2009
 2.673JBiological Engineering II: Instrumentation and MeasurementFall 2006
 2.71OpticsFall 2004
 2.710OpticsFall 2004
 2.72Elements of Mechanical DesignSpring 2006
 2.737MechatronicsSpring 1999
 2.772JStatistical Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems (BE.011J)Spring 2004
 2.772JThermodynamics of Biomolecular SystemsFall 2005
 2.790JIntroduction to Bioengineering (BE.010J)Spring 2006
 2.791JQuantitative Physiology: Cells and TissuesFall 2004
 2.792JQuantitative Physiology: Organ Transport SystemsSpring 2004
 2.793JFields, Forces and Flows in Biological SystemsSpring 2007
 2.794JQuantitative Physiology: Cells and TissuesFall 2004
 2.797JMolecular, Cellular, and Tissue BiomechanicsFall 2006
 2.96Management in EngineeringFall 2004
 2.9712nd Summer Introduction to DesignJanuary (IAP) 2003
 2.993Designing Paths to PeaceFall 2002
 2.993Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: The Art and Science of Boat DesignJanuary (IAP) 2007
 2.993JIntroduction to Numerical Analysis for Engineering (13.002J)Spring 2005
 2.996Designing Paths to PeaceFall 2002
 2.THAUndergraduate Thesis for Course 2-AJanuary (IAP) 2007
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Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 2.032DynamicsFall 2004
 2.034JNonlinear Dynamics and WavesSpring 2007
 2.035Special Topics in Mathematics with Applications: Linear Algebra and the Calculus of VariationsSpring 2007
 2.036JNonlinear Dynamics and ChaosFall 2004
 2.062JWave PropagationFall 2006
 2.067Advanced Structural Dynamics and Acoustics (13.811)Spring 2004
 2.068Computational Ocean Acoustics (13.853)Spring 2003
 2.080JStructural Mechanics (13.10J)Fall 2002
 2.081JPlates and ShellsSpring 2007
 2.082Ship Structural Analysis & Design (13.122)Spring 2003
 2.084JStructural Mechanics in Nuclear Power TechnologyFall 2006
 2.093Computer Methods in DynamicsFall 2002
2.094Finite Element Analysis of Solids and FluidsSpring 2008
 2.096JIntroduction to Numerical Simulation (SMA 5211)Fall 2003
 2.097JNumerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations (SMA 5212)Spring 2003
 2.098Optimization Methods (SMA 5213)Fall 2004
 2.111JQuantum ComputationFall 2003
 2.14Analysis and Design of Feedback Control SystemsSpring 2007
 2.140Analysis and Design of Feedback Control SystemsSpring 2007
 2.141Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic SystemsFall 2006
 2.154Maneuvering and Control of Surface and Underwater Vehicles (13.49)Fall 2004
 2.156JDynamics of Nonlinear SystemsFall 2003
 2.158JComputational GeometrySpring 2003
 2.159JFoundations of Software EngineeringFall 2000
 2.160Identification, Estimation, and LearningSpring 2006
2.161Signal Processing: Continuous and DiscreteFall 2008
 2.171Analysis and Design of Digital Control SystemsFall 2006
 2.20Marine Hydrodynamics (13.021)Spring 2005
 2.22Design Principles for Ocean Vehicles (13.42)Spring 2005
 2.23Hydrofoils and PropellersSpring 2007
 2.24Ocean Wave Interaction with Ships and Offshore Energy Systems (13.022)Spring 2002
 2.25Advanced Fluid MechanicsFall 2005
 2.26Compressible Fluid DynamicsSpring 2004
 2.27Turbulent Flow and TransportSpring 2002
 2.29Numerical Marine Hydrodynamics (13.024)Spring 2003
 2.29Numerical Fluid MechanicsSpring 2007
 2.372JDesign and Fabrication of Microelectromechanical DevicesSpring 2007
 2.391JSubmicrometer and Nanometer TechnologySpring 2006
 2.57Nano-to-Macro Transport ProcessesFall 2004
 2.58JRadiative TransferSpring 2006
 2.59JThermal Hydraulics in Power TechnologySpring 2007
 2.60Fundamentals of Advanced Energy ConversionSpring 2004
 2.61Internal Combustion EnginesSpring 2004
 2.611Marine Power and PropulsionFall 2006
 2.612Marine Power and PropulsionFall 2006
2.626Fundamentals of PhotovoltaicsFall 2008
 2.62JFundamentals of Advanced Energy ConversionSpring 2004
 2.64JSuperconducting MagnetsSpring 2003
 2.65JSustainable EnergySpring 2005
 2.65JSustainable EnergyJanuary (IAP) 2007
 2.693Principles of Oceanographic Instrument Systems -- Sensors and Measurements (13.998)Spring 2004
 2.701Introduction to Naval Architecture (13.400)Fall 2004
 2.71OpticsFall 2004
 2.710OpticsFall 2004
 2.717JOptical EngineeringSpring 2002
 2.739JProduct Design and DevelopmentSpring 2006
 2.75Precision Machine DesignFall 2001
 2.76Multi-Scale System DesignFall 2004
 2.760Multi-Scale System DesignFall 2004
 2.761JNoninvasive Imaging in Biology and MedicineFall 2005
2.771JBiomedical Information TechnologyFall 2008
 2.782JDesign of Medical Devices and ImplantsSpring 2006
 2.785JCell-Matrix MechanicsSpring 2004
 2.795JFields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems (BE.430J)Fall 2004
 2.798JMolecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics (BE.410J)Spring 2003
 2.79JBiomaterials-Tissue Interactions (BE.441)Fall 2003
 2.800TribologyFall 2004
2.830JControl of Manufacturing ProcessesSpring 2008
 2.851JSystem Optimization and Analysis for ManufacturingSummer 2003
 2.852Manufacturing Systems AnalysisSpring 2004
 2.854Manufacturing Systems I (SMA 6304)Fall 2004
 2.875Mechanical Assembly and Its Role in Product DevelopmentFall 2004
 2.882System Design and Analysis based on AD and Complexity TheoriesSpring 2005
 2.890JProseminar in ManufacturingFall 2005
 2.963Engineering Risk-Benefit AnalysisSpring 2007
 2.964Economics of Marine Transportation IndustriesFall 2006
 2.994MADM with Applications in Material Selection and Optimal DesignJanuary (IAP) 2007
 2.996Sailing Yacht Design (13.734)Fall 2003
 2.996Biomedical Devices Design LaboratoryFall 2007
 2.997Decision Making in Large Scale SystemsSpring 2004
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