Emphasis in this laboratory is placed on understanding the mechanical properties of human joints, characterization of the mechanical properties of biological materials, studies of human movements, and design and development of artificial limbs. Facilities include a 3-D kinematic measuring system, Instron testing machine, and microcomputers for data acquisition and processing. Additional biomechanical laboratory facilities are available at Moss Rehab Hospital.
Our lab focuses on developing miniaturized devices and systems for biological and medical applications using microfabrication and microfluidics technologies in collaboration with biologists and medical doctors. The nature of our research is highly multidisciplinary and integrates diverse disciplines such as mechanical/ materials engineering, physics, chemistry, and biological sciences and medicine. Current research projects include but are not limited to: Liver-on-a-Chip (Engineering the Liver sinusoid); Implantable Microdevice for the Treatment of Hydrocephalus; Microfluidics Laboratory Kits; and AC Electrokinetic Manipulation of liquids and particles in microfluidic environment.
The department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics has a classroom dedicated to computer aided design (CAD). The CAD lab in the MEM department houses computers with up-to-date software used for educating students on the use of software such as AutoCAD, ANSYS, Abaqus, and CREO. CAD software is a critical aspect of competitive product design.
The room is equipped with 42 workstations. Students also have the opportunity to use the CAD lab outside of class time. Any questions about this room should be directed to the MEM Lab Manager, Rayfield Dobbins.
This laboratory provides research opportunities in design ethodology,computer-aided design, analysis and manufacturing, and materials processing and manufacturing. Facilities include various computers and software, I-DEAS, Pro/E, ANSYS, MasterCAM, Mechanical DeskTop, SurfCAM, Euclid, Strim, ABQUS, and more.The machines include two Sanders Model Maker rapid prototyping machines, a BridgePort CNC Machining Center, a BOY 220 injection molding machine, an Electra high-temperature furnace for metal sintering, infiltration, and other heat treatment.
The department of Mechanical Engineering offers a full-service fabrication machine shop. Located in the basement of Hess, this facility has four full-time machinists with a combined industrial and academic experience of more than 100 years. The shop is a multi-purpose machining facility capable of meeting all design needs. The shop and its staff specialize in research and academic custom work, scientific instrumentation, biomedical devices, testing fixtures and fabrications of all sizes.
M. Ani Hsieh
The Scalable Autonomous Systems (SAS) Lab is an interdisciplinary lab focusing on fundamental research in robotics, cooperative and decentralized control and automation. The facility was established in September 2008 and is housed in Drexel University's Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department and is located in the basement of the Hess building on 34th St. and Lancaster Ave. The lab is under the direction of Prof. M. Ani Hsieh and laboratory members consist of students from all undergraduate and graduate levels with students coming from the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science departments.
The Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Group (TAMG) focuses on using experimental, analytical and computational tools to understand deformation and failure of materials, components and structures in a broad range of time and length scales. To accomplish this goal, TAMG develops procedures that include mechanical behavior characterization coupled with non-destructive testing and modern computational tools. This information is used both for understanding the role of important material scales in the observed bulk behavior and for the formulation of laws that can model the response to prescribed loading conditions.
Accessible by undergraduates in their junior and senior years, this computer lab offers all the software used in undergraduate MEM courses. Students use this lab to collaborate on class projects, use CAD software, and work on senior design projects. With over 60 computers, 2 projectors and a networked printer, students have ample computational resources at their disposal. Any questions about activities in this room should be directed to the MEM Lab Manager, Rayfield Dobbins.
The Undergraduate Experiment Laboratory houses all equipment used in all MEM lab courses (MEM311, MEM331 and MEM351). In addition to the equipment used for these courses, there are also 14 large area workbenches outfitted with computers, miscellaneous measuring tools and power outlets. Located in AEL 072, the UG experiment lab also serves as a workplace for senior design projects. Students have storage space and tools available to them here. Any questions about equipment or activities in this lab should be directed to the MEM lab manager, Rayfield Dobbins.