New MechE faculty
Cullen Buie Cullen R. Buie, Assistant Professor

As director of the MIT Laboratory for Energy and Microsystems Innovation (LEMI), Professor Buie is studying the electrokinetic properties of bacteria used in microbial fuel cells with a grant from the MIT Research Support Committee. He is also using electrokinetics to create nanoporous surfaces for applications in electrochemical systems, biological systems, and surface coatings. Buie received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford in 2009 and joined the MIT faculty in January 2010.

Sangbae Kim Sangbae Kim, Assistant Professor

Professor Kim’s research focuses on the convergence of mechanical engineering, biology, and material science on robotic systems. His design approaches integrate a range of technologies based on biological observations as manifested in his previous research on the directional adhesive and the robotic gecko. Based on cues from biological systems, Kim is pursuing a new research field called hyperdynamic robotics by establishing a multidisciplinary research foundation that includes elastomeric compliance design, composite manufacturing, high power density actuator development, and hierarchical control architecture. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford in 2008 and joined the MIT faculty in May 2009.

Alexander Mitsos Alexander Mitsos, Assistant Professor

Professor Mitsos’ work centers on the optimization of chemical, biological, and energy systems using modeling and simulations. His research interests include the optimal design and operation of microchemical systems, phase equilibrium thermodynamics, combustion with CO2 sequestration, solar thermal and clean water, and the development of numerical algorithms for global optimization. Mitsos received his PhD in chemical engineering from MIT in 2006 and joined the MIT faculty in January 2009.

Kripa K. Varanasi Kripa K. Varanasi, d’Arbeloff Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Varanasi received his PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2004. Since that time, he has been a lead research scientist in the Energy & Propulsion and Nanotechnology programs at the GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY, where he established research programs on nano-engineered materials, was the PI for the DARPA Thermal Ground Plane program, and received several technical and leadership awards. The primary focus of his research at MIT is in the development of nano-engineered surfaces and coating technologies that can result in transformational performance enhancements and avoidance of CO2 emissions. He has filed more than 25 patents in this area. He joined the MIT faculty as d’Arbeloff Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in January 2009.