Department of Mechanical Engineering

 

Mechanical engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines. Our program provides a wide range of opportunities in practice and in research, as well as non-engineering fields including business, law or medicine. Specific areas of focus in mechanical engineering at Delaware include the fields of biomechanics, clean energy and the environment, composite and advanced materials, nano-technology and nano-materials, and robotics and controls.

The undergraduate program is fully accredited and our curriculum is created to be flexible and responsive to the students' interests and needs. Our classes are taught by full-time faculty members and our undergraduates are encouraged to work directly with the faculty in their electives and in research activities including the University of Delaware Undergraduate Research Program and Senior Thesis research. Our Senior Design Capstone Class is structured as a type of practicum enabling students to solve real-world problems for local companies.

The graduate program also provides flexibility including a direct Ph.D. program without the requirements of a Master's degree and the ability to accommodate students with Mathematics and Physics majors into our graduate program. The Department's research program is recognized internationally and includes many cross-disciplinary interests; for example, the Center for Composite Materials, the Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, and the Center for Fuel Cell Research.

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  • Rawal, Chetan (Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2011-10)
    The behavior of a certain class of hybrid robotic systems can be expressed using formal languages. In this work, we show how languages can be generated from discrete abstractions of such hybrid systems; that these languages ...
  • Bhambhani, Varsha; Tanner, Herbert (Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2010-07)
    This paper establishes a new constrained combinatorial optimization approach to the design of cellular neural networks with sparse connectivity. This strategy is applicable to cases where maintaining links between ...
  • Tanner, Herbert; Boddu, Adithya (Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2010-08)
    This paper presents a methodology for designing (centralized) control laws which can probably steer a group of robotic agents to fall into a formation of arbitrary shape, while following collision free trajectories. The ...
  • Zhang, Wenqi; Tanner, Herbert (Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2010)
    We introduce a new formalism to define compositions of interacting heterogeneous systems, described by extended motion description languages (MDLes). The novelty of the formalism is in producing a composed system with a ...
  • Tanner, Herbert; Piovesan, Jorge (Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2010-02)
    A new methodology for implementing nonlinear receding horizon optimization is presented, with direct application to robot navigation in cluttered environments. The methodology combines elements from statistical learning theory ...
  • Panagou, Dimitra; Tanner, Herbert (Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2009-04)
    This report describes the kinematic and dynamic modeling of a hexapod robot. The 6-DOF (degrees of freedom) analytical kinematic and dynamic equations of motion are derived following the classical Newtonian mechanics. Under ...