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Sinan Muftu

Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs,  Office of the Dean
Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Civil and Environmental Engineering


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Research Focus

Mechanics and tribology of axially moving materials, webs; numerical simulation of tissue healing and bone remodeling; high velocity impact of micron scale particles


  • PhD (1994), Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester

Honors & Awards

  • Soren Buus Outstanding Research Award, College of Engineering, NEU, 2013
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2007
  • Pi Tau Sigma, Outstanding Faculty Member, ME Department, NEU, 2007
  • Martin W. Essigman Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Engineering, NEU, 2003
  • Best Paper Award, ASME, Information Storage & Processing Systems Division, 199

Teaching Interests

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanics of Plates and Shells
  • Mechanics in Tribology
  • Finite Element Method

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
  • The Adhesion Society

Research Overview

Mechanics and tribology of axially moving materials, webs; numerical simulation of tissue healing and bone remodeling; high velocity impact of micron scale particles

Selected Publications

  • T. Kasıkcı, M.-C. Weng, A. Nayak, T. Goker, S. Müftü, Contact Mechanics of a Thin, Tensioned, Translating Tape With a Grooved Roller, Journal of Tribology, 140, 2018, 011405-1
  • T. Zhu, S. Müftü, K.-T. Wan, One-Dimensional Constrained Blister Test to Measure Thin Film Adhesion, Journal of Applied Mechanics, 85, 2018, 0545010-1
  • Q. Chen, A. Alizadeh-Dehkharghani, W. Xie, X. Wang, V. Champagne, A. Gouldstone, J.-H. Lee, S. Müftü,
  • High Strain Rate Material Behavior and Adiabatic Material Instability in Impact of Micron-Scale Al-6061 Particles, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 27, 2018, 641-653
  • J. Sun, N. Tandogan, A. Gu, S. Müftü, E.D. Goluch, K.T. Wan, Measuring Particle Adhesion-Detachment and Filtration Efficiency by Microfluidics, Colloids and Surfaces B: Interfaces,165, 2018, 381-387
  • B. Yildirim, H. Yang, A. Gouldstone, S. Müftü, Rebound Mechanics of Micrometre-Scale, Spherical Particles in High Velocity Impacts, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A, 473, 2017, 20160936
  • W. Xie, A. Alizadeh-Dehkharghani, Q. Chen, V.K. Champagne, X. Wang, A. Nardi, S. Kooi, S. Müftü, J.-H. Lee, Dynamics and Extreme Plasticity of Metallic Microparticles in Supersonic Collisions, Nature Scientific Reports, 2017


Jul 17, 2018

Understanding High Strain-Rate Characteristics of Multiphase Polymers

MIE Professor Sinan Muftu, in collaboration with Jae-Hwang Lee of UMass Amherst, was awarded a $500K NSF grant for determining the “High-Strain-Rate Dynamics of Copolymer Microparticles for Advanced Additive Manufacturing”.


Jul 19, 2017

$350K NSF Grant to Explore Mechanics of Fusion

MIE Professors Kai-Tak Wan and Sinan Muftu were awarded a $350K NSF grant to explore the "Mechanics of fusion of dissimilar lipid bilayers and multi-lamellar vesicles". This is part of a collaborative research grant with Harvard University. Abstract Source: NSF Vesicles are small sacs surrounded by a lipid bilayer membrane and enclosing biomolecules essential for […]

Mar 20, 2014

Muftu Appointed ASME Associate Editor

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Professor Sinan Muftu has been appointed the Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Tribology. The journal features articles by tribologists from all over the world and it is a great resource for scientists and researchers. 

Aug 20, 2013

21st Century Drinking Water

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering associate professor Kai-tak Wan, professor Sinan Muftu, & Civil and Environmental Engineering assistant professor April Gu were awarded a $400K National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to find a biomechanical model for predicting and improving water filtration and bioremediation. All three Professors are directors of successful labs at Northeastern University; Dr. Wan runs the Micro/Nano Biomechanical […]

Apr 30, 2013

Congratulations COE Award Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of this year's College of Engineering Faculty and Staff awards. Outstanding Teachers of First Year Engineering Students: Thomas Gilbert, Chemistry; Susan Freeman, Engineering; John Lindhe, Mathematics; Bala Maheswaran, Physics  Martin W. Essigmann Outstanding Teaching Award: Nader Jalili, MIE; Carolyn Lee-Parsons, ChE  Outstanding Cooperative Education Coordinator Award: George Kent, ECE Outstanding Staff Award: Tracy Bourassa, ARC; Faith […]

Sep 26, 2012

Wan & Muftu Receive $185K Grant

MIE associate professor Kai-tak Wan and professor Sinan Muftu have been awarded an $185K NSF grant to study Mechano-Lipidomics and Mechano-Cytosis of Drug Delivery Liposomes. The research goal of this proposal is to build a comprehensive model of mechano-lipidomics and mechanocytosis by designing careful experiments and constructing solid-mechanics based models that are consistent with the […]

Aug 02, 2011

Strength of Particle Bonds

MIE Assistant Professor Andrew Gouldstone and Professors Teiicho Ando & Sinan Muftu were awarded a $400K NSF grant to determine how the bonding of particles is affected by ultrasonic vibrations.


Apr 06, 2011

FY12 TIER 1 Award Recipients

28 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY12 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 18 different research projects.


Aug 17, 2010

Weighing in on a Problem

Under the direction of Associate Professor Sinan Muftu, a team of MIE capstone students, developed a portable, thin, flexible scale that can monitor a person’s body weight and can be conveniently used anywhere.

Jul 14, 2010

Creating a First Alert Helmet

Under the direction of Associate Professor Sinan Muftu, a team of MIE capstone students, developed a helmet that could measure the severity of head injuries after a fall and alert first responders to the significance of the damage.

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