Energy Science and Engineering Concentration in Mechanical Engineering PhD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


The Energy Science and Engineering area seeks to focus on technologies for efficient energy conversion and utilization, which aim to meet the urgent challenge of a safe, sustainable energy supply in the face of growing demand and increasing geo-political uncertainty.

Our current energy program includes both new and existing technologies at the systems and scientific levels. Aside from well-established activities in engines and combustion at both levels, we have expanded research in thermoelectricity, fuel cells, and batteries. We are also involved in solar and wind power systems.

Overall, our research spans the following technical areas: automotive power plants and ocean propulsion systems; fossil fuel combustion; wind power; solar energy; electrochemical energy storage; thermoelectric technologies; fuel cells; hydrogen production and storage; refrigeration; thermohydraulics of power systems; energy efficiency in a wide range of systems; ocean energy; certain aspects of nuclear energy; hybrid engines; thermal management of electronics; and energy efficient buildings. Our work on these subjects involves both creative synthesis and engineering design.


  • Institution Name: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Department: Mechanical Engineering
  • Address: 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
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  • Name: Sucharita Berger Ghosh
  • Title: Administrative Officer
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  • Phone: 617-253-1000