Research Opportunities


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Research Experience for Undergraduates

Some faculty members may hire undergraduate students to assist them on their research projects. Take some time to explore the faculty web pages to learn about department research activities, and contact faculty members in your area of interest to ask if a position is available.

Honors Research Program

Students in the University Honors Program may choose to enroll in a Mechanical Engineering Honors Research course, ME 3299, and work in a research laboratory to earn credits. These credits may be applied toward the Honors Program requirements and will count as a technical elective. As part of the course, the students will be involved in research programs of their choice in areas of emerging technologies. The research work will be directed by a Mechanical Engineering faculty member who serves as the research advisor for the course. The work typically involves collaborative efforts with graduate students and other researchers and provides significant independent problem-solving experience to supplement the classroom experience obtained from traditional coursework. Explore the website to learn about research labs and contact faculty members in areas of interest to ask about completing an Honors Research course in their lab.

It is expected that the students will enroll in the ME Honors Research courses during their Junior and Senior years, working on a focused research project, ideally for multiple semesters. There is also the possibility of continuing work during the summer months as an undergraduate research assistant. The research work is expected to culminate in a technical publication in a recognized scientific or engineering journal or conference proceeding. This research publication can form the basis for the Honors Thesis.

Current Opportunities Actively Seeking Undergraduate Student Researchers (Fall 2022)


Prof. Baki Cetegen Рthe details of each project can be found here

  • Gas turbine combustor heat transfer
  • This announcement is for an Accelerated MS student position that is fully funded
    If interested email Prof. Cetegen at

Prof. Julian Norato – the details of this project can be found here

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Computational Topology Optimization
  • Junior / programming experience

Prof. Hongyi Xu – the details of this project can be found here

  • Numerical modeling of Fluid-Structure Interaction system and Machine Learning
  • Work with Prof. Xu for a senior design project and then continue this research for the MS study within his group

Prof. Wilson Chiu – the details of each project can be found here

  • Two Opportunities: Next Generation Nuclear Reactors; Li-ion Batteries
  • Junior level

Prof. Alexei Poludnenko – the details of this project can be found here

  • Computational combustion modeling for aerospace propulsion
  • Fluids I and II, coding experience (C/C++/Fortran/Python)

Prof. Naba Karan (C2E2) – the details of this project can be found here

  • Synthesis of cathode materials
  • The synthesis part will require substantial amount of work with precursor materials/chemicals. Basic understanding of material/structural chemistry is desired but not required. It is also desirable that the student has taken a general chemistry course