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Message from the Chair

Welcome to Northeastern University’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), where our star is rising!  

Rising quality and quantity of faculty hires have been a departmental priority. Our department welcomed 12 full-time faculty members in the recent two academic years, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. In additional to junior faculty at the assistant level, these new members include two associate professors that moved here from Georgia Institute of Technology (Ozlem Ergun) and Carnegie Mellon University (Craig Maloney). We are absolutely delighted to witness the ways in which they are already contributing to our department. Welcome, new faculty!  

Rising faculty achievement has been constant. In fact, two of our tenure-track faculty members – Prof. Marilyn Minus and Prof. Carol Livermore – were recently granted tenure. Marilyn and Carol each direct a research team with funding of more than $2M in ongoing research grants from agencies such as NSF and AFOSR. We are proud to welcome Marilyn and Carol to the ranks of our tenured faculty!

Rising research effort and new discoveries have been unprecedented. The NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing is translating its discoveries into industry innovation – most recently through the launch of a nanoscale offset printing system that promises to revolutionize nanomanufacturing with societal impact on the scale of the PC or 3-D printer. Two major research contract vehicles, received by our department during the 2014-2015 academic year, will have lasting impact; the five year research contract vehicle from the Veterans Health Administration for $125M and three year contract vehicle from the Army Research Office for $20M are bellwethers of both current success and future potential. Financially equipped, they will turbo charge the already strong and vital Health Systems Engineering Institute, currently under the leadership of Professor James Benneyan, and jumpstart the research efforts in the areas of solid mechanics and materials. Major research contracts, experienced faculty and students, state-of-the-art laboratories - we have a recipe for research success!

Rising student quality continues apace. As one indication, the average SAT score of the entering engineering class in 2014-2015 reached 1446 out of a possible 1600 – up 52 points in 2 years. The quality of graduate students rises in parallel. For example, our PhD students have received numerous awards, such as a recent NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awarded to Joshua Martin (under the direction of Prof. Randall Erb), and the PSME American Chemical Society Award to Emily Green (under the direction of Prof. Marilyn Minus). Congratulations, Josh and Emily!

Rising awareness of our accomplishments is also a trend we note and appreciate.  According to the US News and World Report, our Mechanical Engineering graduate program moved up 14 places in the past year, while our Industrial Engineering graduate program moved up 6 places during the same year. Hard work, vision and sustained investment pay off.

huangRising impact in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering will undeniably continue with this momentum. Please reach out to me to share your valuable opinions and explore opportunities to collaborate in the near future. I look forward to hearing from you!


Hanchen Huang
Professor and Department Chair