Biomechanics focuses on the application of engineering principles to the musculoskeletal system and other connective tissues. Research activities include experimental, computational and theoretical approaches with applications in the areas of rehabilitation engineering, computer-assisted surgery and medical robotics, patient-specific biomechanical modeling, intelligent prosthetics and implants, and bioinstrumentation. The Biomechanics group has strong research ties with other campus departments, the local medical community and industry partners.
Robotics and Automation merges research from multiple areas of science and engineering. Topics include the design of robotic and automation system hardware and software, particularly for tasks that require some level of autonomy, intelligence, self-prognostics and decision-making. Such capabilities are built on integrated mechatronic systems that enable proactive system responses to the environment and current state. These capabilities are used in applications such as advanced robotics and manufacturing systems. Research in this division explores the science underlying the design process, implementation of mechanical and control systems to enable autonomy and innovative computational analysis for automation, intelligence and systems optimization.
Solid Mechanics, Materials and Manufacturing develops novel computational and experimental solutions for problems in the mechanical behavior of advanced materials. Research in the division spans length scales from nanometer to kilometer and includes investigations of microstructural effects on mechanical behavior, nanomechanics, granular mechanics and continuum mechanics. Material behavior models span length scales from the nano- and microscale to the meso- and macroscale. Much of the research is computational in nature, using advanced computational methods such as molecular dynamics and finite element, boundary element and discrete element methods. Strong ties exist between this group and the campus communities of applied mathematics, chemical engineering, materials science, metallurgy and physics.
Thermal Fluid Systems incorporates a wide array of multidisciplinary applications such as advanced energy conversion and storage, multiphase fluid flows, materials processing, combustion, alternative fuels and renewable energy. Research in thermal fluid systems integrates the disciplines of thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, transport phenomena, chemical engineering and materials science to solve problems and make advances through experiments and computational modeling in the broad areas of energy conversion, fluid mechanics and thermal transport. Research projects in this area specialize in some aspect of mechanical engineering but often have a strong interdisciplinary component in related fields such as materials science and chemical engineering.
Interdisciplinary Programs blend core mechanical engineering concepts with other engineering disciplines to solve problems and advance research in evolving fields. The interdisciplinary programs within ME each have unique degree and/or certificate options. Programs include:
The Advanced Manufacturing program provides graduates and professional students with the practical, interdisciplinary skills to apply cutting-edge manufacturing techniques to a wide range of industries, including aerospace, biomedical, defense and energy, among others. This program highlights the design, materials and data aspects of advanced manufacturing with an emphasis on additive manufacturing of structural materials. Degrees offered include a Master of Science (non-thesis) and a Professional Certificate. Options for undergraduates include a Minor or Area of Special Interest.
Learn more at manufacturing.mines.edu
FEA Professional Certificate
The FEA Professional program is a fully online graduate certificate program in applied finite element analysis for structural and thermal applications. The program has been designed to train recent graduates or mid-career professionals who are interested in career opportunities in design, product development or applied research. FEA Pro uses the commercial FEA software Abaqus for hands-on examples, and the Abaqus certification exam from Dassault Systèmes is offered on the Mines campus.
Learn more at mechanical.mines.edu/feapro/
Operations Research with Engineering
Operations Research involves mathematically modeling physical systems (both naturally occurring and man-made) with a view to determining a course of action for the system to either improve or optimize its functionality. Examples include manufacturing systems, chemical processes, socioeconomic systems, mechanical systems (e.g., those that produce and utilize energy and materials) and mining systems. The Operations Research with Engineering (ORwE) Program allows students to complete an interdisciplinary doctoral-level degree by taking courses and conducting research in the following departments and divisions: Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Economics and Business, Mining Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Metallurgical & Materials Engineering.
Learn more at orwe.mines.edu
The Space Resources interdisciplinary graduate program focuses on developing core knowledge and gaining design practices in systems for exploration, extraction, processing, manufacturing, utilization and stewardship of space, lunar, asteroidal and planetary resources. It offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate as well as Master of Science (non-thesis) and PhD degrees online for college graduates and professionals interested in this emerging field.
Learn more at space.mines.edu