MechE faculty are involved in interdisciplinary centers all over campus. The collaborative research environment fosters boundary-crossing solutions to practical problems and a fertile environment for the growth of students and researchers.
Center for Air, Climate, and Energy Solutions
Director: Allen Robinson, Department Head and Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
The Center for Air, Climate and Energy Solutions represents an unprecedented approach to the integrated management of air quality, climate and energy. As a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research center, it will measure and map air pollutant concentrations across the country, develop air quality assessment tools, and address the urban development of future cities as their electricity and transportation needs evolve.
Members of CAPS are recognized internationally as leaders in the study of air quality and atmospheric chemistry. Our unifying theme is the behavior of particulate matter in the atmosphere, including emissions, formation, transformation and deposition of particles as well as their climatological and health effects. We currently consist of five interwoven research groups directed by faculty members associated with Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and the Chemistry department in Mellon College of Science.
Affiliated MechE Faculty: Shelley Anna, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering
What do paint, pediatric liquid medicines, laundry detergent, cell membranes and mayonnaise have in common? They are all complex fluids. The Center for Complex Fluids Engineering is an interdisciplinary research and education effort involving two different colleges of Carnegie Mellon University. Faculty and graduate students from the College of Engineering and the College of Science perform research to solve problems in the formulation and processing of materials based on complex fluids.
Living systems interact with their environment in a tremendous diversity of ways. Mechanical signals are now recognized as a major mechanism of communication, which can influence cell migration, growth, and differentiation. The vision of the Center for the Mechanics and Engineering of Cellular Systems is that a comprehensive understanding of the input and output of mechanical signals inside living cells, and between cells and the environment is essential in numerous areas. Significant improvements in the prevention and treatment of cancer, birth defects, and aging, as well as novel applications such as engineered tissues, nutrition and biological nanomachines, may be achieved by manipulating mechanical interactions in integrated biological systems at the molecular, cellular, and multi-cellular scales. Through leveraging the long-standing transdisciplinary culture of Carnegie Mellon University, the Center is built upon strengths in engineering, physics, life sciences, and computation across multiple departments and colleges.
Co-Founder/Co-Director: Jonathan Cagan, George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor in Engineering
Co-Founder/Co-Director: Peter Boatwright, Alan D. Shocker Professor of Marketing and New Product Development, Tepper School of Business
Co-Founder/Co-Director: Eric Anderson, Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts
The Integrated Innovation Institute is a joint initiative of the College of Engineering's Department of Mechanical Engineering, the College of Fine Arts (CFA)'s School of Design and the Tepper School of Business. The Institute is built on primary disciplines in product and service innovation covering functional performance (engineering), human interface (design), and economic value (business). The Institute focuses on education and research in innovation methods and practice. It is unique among top educational institutions in that it unites the three disciplines to cross train students to become elite innovators, which enhances the effectiveness of thinking and generating results.
The vision of the NextManufacturing Center is to use the challenges presented by additive manufacturing as a focus for research, but also as a testbed for developing tools for a broad range of complex manufacturing processes. We see this as the next step for AM research. Thrust areas include: process modeling and process/property relationships; powder and part properties; new technology commercialization, regulation and public policy; design and process planning; powder spreading, surface properties and finishing; bio and electronic applications; AM robotics and automation; innovative component fabrication by AM.
Director: Jeremy Michalek, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
The Carnegie Mellon Vehicle Electrification Group was founded by Professors Jeremy Michalek and Jay Whitacre in 2009 to study electrified vehicles, including hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and battery electric vehicles. Research thrust areas include: life-cycle economic, environmental, and security implications of electrified vehicles; battery technology development, design, and evaluation; vehicle systems assessment, optimization, and integration with the electrical grid; and public policy evaluation.