Various mechanical engineering tasks and models

Our faculty is actively engaged in applied and fundamental research to address timely scientific questions relevant to mechanical engineering, using experimental, computational and theoretical methods. Research in the mechanical engineering program is often interdisciplinary. The mechanical engineering faculty at UVM works closely with students in five research areas:

  1. Computational Multiscale Simulations & Theory

    Research: Computational fluid dynamics, finite-element analysis, molecular dynamics simulation, first-principles calculations
    Faculty: Yves Dubief, William Louisos, Jihong Ma, Jeff Marshall, Frederic Sansoz

  2. Thermo-Fluid & Aerospace Engineering

    Research: State of matter, transport of fluids, heat and mass. Energy harvesting.
    Faculty: Yves Dubief, Douglas Fletcher, Jihong Ma, Jeff MarshallPresident Suresh Garimella

  3. Mechanical Engineering in Medical Research

    Research: Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Orthopedics
    Faculty: Niccolo Fiorentino, Rachael Floreani, Linda Schadler.

  4. Dynamical Sensing, Monitoring and Control

    Research: Robotics, Safety, Structural Monitoring, Control Systems
    Faculty: Dryver Huston, Hamid Ossareh (EBE Department), Laura Treers
  5. Materials Science and Engineering

    Research: Nanomaterials, Nanocomposites, Metamaterials, Biomaterials
    Faculty: Jihong Ma, Rachael Floreani, Frederic Sansoz, Linda Schadler


We conduct a range of multidisciplinary research projects on the following topics:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Turbulence
  • Complex and Bio Fluids
  • Energy Harvesting and Conversion
  • Heat Transfer
  • Small-scale Mechanics and Fracture
  • Biomechanics and Orthopedics
  • Biomaterials
  • Nanostructured Metals and Alloys
  • Polymer Nanocomposites
  • Metamaterials
  • Micro and Nano technology
  • Control Systems
  • Micro-Robotics
  • Mechatronics
  • Smart Structures/Smart City
  • High-performance Computing

A description of individual research projects can be obtained by clicking on each faculty name. Also, feel free to contact each faculty member directly by email for more information about specific projects and opportunities available in their laboratory.