Past Student Fellows

Hilary Johnson

  • PhD Candidate
  • 2021-2022 Meswani Fellow
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering

Hilary Johnson is a PhD candidate in mechanical engineering at MIT. She works with Prof. Alex Slocum in the Precision Engineering Research Group. Hilary uses machine design, machine learning, and fluid fundamentals to explore at the water-energy nexus. Her current research focuses on improving the energy efficiency and reliability of industrial scale pumping systems. Hilary was awarded the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize recognizing her work inventing an adaptive centrifugal pump. She is currently running experiments to quantify significant improvements in operational range and lifetime efficiency and is collaborating with Xylem Inc., a global water technology company, on commercialization. Hilary prioritizes mentoring and building community with the MIT Makerworkshop and The Wheelock Society at Dartmouth. When not in the machine shop, you’re likely to find Hilary in the mountains running, climbing, and skiing.

Check out Hilary’s winning research video from the 2021 J-WAFS World Water Day Video Competition: MIT Research for a Water Secure Future.