The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best researchers in the
discipline of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering relies os data
combined from various data sources including OpenAlex and
CrossRef. The bibliometric data for evaluating the citation-based metrics were
collected on 21-12-2022. Position in the ranking is based on a scholar’s
D-index (Discipline H-index), which only includes
papers and citation values for an examined discipline.
The focus of our Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering research
Research.com’s best scholars ranking is a credible list of leading scholars from the field of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, created using a detailed study of 166,880 scientists discovered from various bibliometric data sources. For the discipline of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, as many as 5741 scientists were analysed.
What is D-index inclusion threshold for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The D-index threshold for approving a scientist to be considered is set to 30 if most of their publications are in the discipline of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The inclusion criteria for scientists to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the D-index, ratio of the contributions made within the selected field of study plus the awards and achievements of the researchers. The D-index threshold for including top scholars is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of scholars assessed for each discipline whilst ensuring that the top 1% of leading researchers are considered into the list. We estimate a proximity of 30% or less between a scholar’s general H-index and their D-index.
Additional verification practices
Because our main aim is to make sure that only genuine scientists are listed in our ranking we realize that raw data are never supposed to be an absolute means to quantify the work of scientists. This is why we manually inspect every profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a broad range of credible sources. Even though it’s not a metric contributing to a scientist’s position in Research.com ranking, the number of papers published in major journals and conference proceedings should be a reliable secondary implication of their contribution to research in a specific field of study. Position in the ranking is determined by each scholar’s D-index using metrics compiled from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most prominent and well-known bibliometric databases of this type accessible to the research community. A detailed definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page.
Our goal is to motivate scientists, entrepreneurs and decision-makers around the world to investigate where leading experts are heading and to give an opportunity for the whole scientific community to get to know who the leading experts in specific areas of study, in various countries, or even within research institutions are.
Key findings for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
As far as institutions are concerned, the institution with the highest number of top scientists in the world is MIT with 33 researchers affiliated with it being listed in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering ranking. It is followed by University of Michigan–Ann Arbor with 28 researchers. Ranking thirds is Georgia Institute of Technology with 27 scientists.
Prominent researchers featured in the world are associated with Northwestern University, Harvard University, The University of Texas at Austin, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Stanford University, Babeș-Bolyai University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Bauhaus University, Weimar, University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Professor Ted Belytschko from Northwestern University is highlighted as the best scholar in the world in our ranking with a D-index of 153. Ranking on the second place in the world is John W. Hutchinson from Harvard University with a D-index of 150. The third position in the world is occupied by Thomas J. R. Hughes from The University of Texas at Austin with a D-index of 147.
The average D-index for the top 3% scholars is 103 against an average of 47 for all scientists included in our ranking.
The average number of published articles in the area of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for the top 10% of scientists in the ranking is 462 against an average of 252 for all researchers.
The average number of citations for the top 3% scientists is 46053 against an average of 10652 for all researchers.