Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes
SIU Carbondale’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes has multiple faculty members from the areas of mechanical engineering, materials and chemical engineering. The department’s research activities focus on seven major areas:
- Thermal Systems – The analysis, design, and development of systems for the production and efficient utilization of heat and other energy forms.
- Mechanical Systems – The design, analysis, and automatic control of systems for the production and utilization of mechanical components.
- Process Design and Control – The analysis and creation of safe, efficient, and economical production technologies including chemical processes.
- Friction Science – Analysis, design, and testing of new friction materials for automotive and aircraft braking systems.
- Materials Science – The development of new industrial materials and studies on the properties and suitability of materials for specific design applications.
- Air Pollution Control – The analysis and design of systems to protect environmental quality.
- Nanotechnology – The modeling, simulation, and design of nano-systems.
Research projects are funded by federal and state agencies including the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Honeywell, the Southern Illinois Power Co-operative, and the Department of Energy (DOE).