Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Microsystems and Nanomaterials

This area encompasses miniaturization engineering, micro-mechatronics and advanced nanomaterials. Miniaturization engineering is relevant to the development of small-scale mechanical, chemical and biological systems for applications in biotechnology, automotive, robotic and alternative energy applications. Mechatronic design focuses on the design, modeling and characterization of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). Research on nanomaterials focuses on uncovering new structure-property relationships for next-generation structural, electronic and energy components.