The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best researchers in the
arena of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is based on data
derived from multiple 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 takes into account only
publications and citation metrics for an examined discipline.
The focus of our Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering research
Our best researchers ranking is a trustworthy list of leading scientists from the field of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, established by means of a detailed examination of 166,880 scholars discovered from a variety of bibliometric data sources. For the discipline of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, over 5741 scholars were investigated.
What is D-index acceptance threshold for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The D-index threshold for approving a scholar to be examined is set to 30 if most of their publications are in the area of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The approval criteria for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top researchers are based on the D-index, ratio of the contributions made within the selected field of study plus the awards and achievements of the scholars. The D-index threshold for including best scientists is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of scientists estimated for each area od study whilst ensuring that the top 1% of best scholars are added into the ranking. There should be a proximity of 30% or less between a researcher’s general H-index and their D-index.
Extra verification practices
Since our primary aim is to ensure that only actual scientists are listed in the ranking we realize that metrics are never meant to be an absolute means to assess the contributions of scientists. Because of that we manually inspect every profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of credible sources. Even though it’s not a metric contributing to a researcher’s position in the ranking, the quantity of papers published in major journals and conference proceedings should be a credible secondary implication of their contribution to research in a specific area of science. Position in the ranking is based on each scientist’s D-index according to metrics compiled from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most prominent and well-known bibliometric databases of this type available to the research community. A comprehensive definition of our research policy can be found on our methodology page.
Our objective is to motivate scholars, entrepreneurs and politicians around the world to examine where leading experts are heading and to offer a way for the entire research community to get to know who the leading experts in specific disciplines, 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 researchers in the world is MIT with 33 scholars affiliated with it being present in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering ranking. It is followed by University of Michigan–Ann Arbor with 28 scientists. Ranking thirds is Georgia Institute of Technology with 27 scholars.
Prominent scientists featured in the world are affiliated with Northwestern University, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Stanford University, Babeș-Bolyai University, University of Sydney, Princeton University, Bauhaus University, Weimar, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University.
Professor Ted Belytschko from Northwestern University is featured as the best researcher 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 taken 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 1% researchers is 122 against an average of 47 for all scientists included in the ranking.
The average number of publications in the field of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for the top 1% of scholars in the ranking is 703 in comparison to an average of 252 for all scientists.
The average number of citations for the top 5% researchers is 39426 against an average of 10652 for all researchers.