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Research in Mechanical Engineering

MECH faculty and students conduct cutting edge research and collaborate with many institutions, undertaking research areas of mechanical engineering, such as fluid mechanics, heat transfer, solid mechanics, dynamics and vibrations, control systems and robotics, and solid thermodynamics. Collaborations with other departments and institutions is on the frontiers of science, including work with NASA to develop the next generation of space vehicles and research with the Baylor College of Medicine to develop ground-breaking orthopedic materials.

Collaborations with Other Rice Departments

The MECH graduate program partners with other departments in its educational and research activities. Collaboration with the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics involves computational methods and optimization. Work on expert systems and robotics is done in cooperation with the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Computer graphics research involves the cooperation of the Department of Computer Science and the School of Architecture. Finally, biomechanics and biomaterials research involve several institutions in the Texas Medical Center. These collaborations reflect the comprehensive scope of the research activities that make graduate study in MECH an enjoyable challenge.