Labs and Groups
Much of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department’s research is multi-disciplinary. Our faculty and students partner with colleagues in other departments in the School of Engineering, as well as other NYU Schools.
Agile Robotics and Perception Lab
The agile robotics and perception lab performs fundamental and applied research in the area of robotics autonomy. The main mission of the lab is to create agile autonomous machines that can navigate all by themselves using only onboard sensors such as in unstructured, and dynamically changing environments and without relying on external infrastructure, such as GPS or motion capture systems.
Applied Dynamics and Optimization Laboratory
Our main interest is to analyze the motion and the mechanics of moving systems, to develop the way the systems are designed and controlled, and to realize the physical concepts in the real world. This includes both mechanical (e.g., robots and machinery) and biological systems (e.g., humans and animals).
Composite Materials and Mechanics Laboratory
CMML focuses on research related to lightweight highly damage tolerant materials and aims at understanding the fundamental role of porosity in materials. The specialty of the lab is in the area of hollow particle filled composites called syntactic foams and in dynamic characterization of materials. CMML has been working on polymer and metal matrix syntactic foams for civilian and military automotive applications that are exposed to dynamic loading conditions. The other areas of interest to CMML are additive manufacturing and sensors for structural health monitoring.
Dynamical Systems Laboratory
The Dynamical Systems Laboratory conducts fundamental research in the broad field of modeling and control of complex systems with specialized expertise in multiphysics modeling and marine applications of advanced/multifunctional materials. Activities span applied mathematics, design and fabrication of novel hardware, and advanced computation and experimentation.
Institute for Engineered Interfaces Laboratories
The new Institute for Engineered Interfaces (IEI) Laboratories will promote a cross-disciplinary approach to research. Faculty members from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, the Center of Soft Matter Physics, the molecular Design Institute, as well as the medical and dental schools, work together in the IEI on joint projects focusing on colloids and membranes, sensors and diagnostics, and organic/inorganic interfaces.
Machines in Motion
We try to understand the fundamental principles for robot locomotion and manipulation that will endow robots with the robustness and adaptability necessary to efficiently and autonomously act in an unknown and changing environment.
The Mechatronics Lab is a synergistic integration of mechanical engineering, control theory, computer science, and electronics to manage complexity, uncertainty, and communication in engineered systems.