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Labs and Research Groups

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Research groups, dedicated labs, facilities, and specialized equipment add to the research expertise at the School of Engineering. The list below captures a portion of the school's labs and research groups. Department web sites will include a fuller list specific to research areas of focus.

  • 3GEL research interests are guided by the principles of sustainable engineering that facilitate conversion of raw materials into value-added products. Nature is an ideal “sustaineer” (sustainable+engineer) that provides inspiration and solutions to the modern day engineer’s dilemma. This lab is interested in leveraging the scientific and engineering principles underlying the sustainable utilization of renewable glycans or carbohydrates for energy, food, health, and advanced materials related applications. 

  • The AMIPP Advanced Polymer Center's research is aimed at developing structural materials and functional materials from the novel morphologies available via immiscible polymer processing and at combining nanoscale particles and fibers with nanoscale morphologies achievable through advanced melt process methods.

  • The Applied Fluids Laboratory conducts research in experimental thermal and fluid sciences, aircraft fire safety, sprays, microfluidics, flow diagnostics, turbulence, combustion, multi-medium (Air/Water) unmanned aerial and underwater vehicles, and energy. 

  • The BREL is specifically interested in topics of neuro-rehabilitation and motor control. Major projects within the lab investigate novel tools for the rehabilitation of chronic stroke, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injury victims, as well as characterization of aspects of manual and pedal motor control in normal and afflicted subjects.   

  • The BioMEMS and Microfluidics Laboratory integrates various engineering disciplines with biological and medical applications, creating a highly technical and thoroughly collaborative biomedical engineering environment. The lab's main focus is in the development of microfluidic devices for point of care clinical diagnostics and health management. This research combines analytical and numerical modeling of microscale phenomena with device design, fabrication, and testing of microfluidic components in an adaptive and iterative process for device optimization. 

  • The objective of the Computational Hybrid Soft Materials Laboratory's research program is to develop computational methodologies to enable the design, conception and prediction of novel materials with controllable kinetics and thermodynamics, which can be used to guide the design of experimental systems for applicatons in drug delivery, medicine, sensing, sustainability and energy.

  • The Corning Glass Science and Engineering Laboratory is a facility funded in large part by a grant from Corning Incorporated and established to provide a resource for basic and applied research in glass science and engineering, and to provide an interdisciplinary facility for undergraduate and graduate instruction in glass processing. 

  • The Computational Modeling of Biomedical and Multiphase Flows is composed of researchers interested in general areas of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Biofluid Mechanics, Micro and Nanofluid Mechanics, Multiphase Flows, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Multiscale Modeling and High-Performance Computation.

  • The DAISY Laboratory focuses on both addressing the problems in information security, system privacy, and data integrity using statistical approaches and machine learning, as well as building test beds to facilitate research in these areas.    

  • The new Emil Buehler Aerospace Laboratory is a two-story testing space for drones and aerospace projects. The School of Engineering has a number of faculty advancing drone-related research.

  • The Robotics Lab provides space and infrastructure for research and development for enhanced systems ultimately impacting manufacturing, agriculture, elder assistance, home automation, vehicle automation, and more. 

  • Located in the Biomedical Engineering building, the High Resolution Microscopy Core is a full-service facility providing personalized assistance on all aspects of imaging, including sample preparation, training on microscope usage, and assistance with image data analysis. The Core's mission is to enable scientists from all disciplines to gather data and images in order to complete their research.

  • The Interfacial Molecular Science Laboratory conducts research in molecular dynamics simulations, glass surfaces, nanoconfined materials, and water/glass interactions.

  • Research conducted at the INSPIRE Laboratory provides mathematical understanding of and theoretically optimal, computationally efficient, and algorithmically robust solutions for some of the most pressing problems arising in information processing—an umbrella term that subsumes mathematical signal processing, high-dimensional statistics and machine—learning and networked systems, such as (online) social networks, wireless sensor networks, communication networks, multiagent systems, and brain networks.

  • Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems (LESS) is a multidisciplinary research center that brings together seasoned academic and industry experts in distributed energy resources and demand side management. LESS works with public agencies, private industry, and communities to build sustainable and resilient energy solutions and smart communities, primarily by using technology and predictive and optimatization analytics. Our team also works with the energy sector to develop value-based metrics and practices tht willl help measure energy efficiency, not only in terms of savings in costs and reductions in carbon footprints, but also increased productivity and performance. 

  • We are interested in analyzing large-scale complex systems under uncertainty using stochastic modeling, Markov Decision Theory and Game Theory with applications to transportation, supply chains, production and manufacturing, and network protection. The Laboratory for Stochastic Systems resides in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

  • MARLAB conducts research on establishing predictive models for advanced manufacturing processes using physics-based computational/numerical and physics-informed machine learning approaches validated with experimental measurements. MARLAB's research also involves creating model-based process automation systems, smart process monitoring and control systems, and multi-criteria decision support and optimization systems using sensory data, experiments, machine learning, deep learning, and evolutionary computational algorithms.

  • Led by Professor Charles Roth, the Nanomedicine and Molecular Systems Bioengineering Lab utilizes engineering tools and paradigms to advance novel therapeutic approaches to challenging conditions. A major focus of the group is on development and applications of nanomedicine. Current work advances the development of nanostructured hydrogels for controlled drug release in wound settings and aerosolization of drug-containing nanoparticles for lung delivery to treat cystic fibrosis infections. The lab also integrates modeling into the projects.  

  • The Pierce Lab develops optical imaging systems for diagnosis and management of cancer and other diseases.

  • The Human-Computer Interaction and Security Engineering Lab's research focuses on the science of secuirty, the security and usability of authentication methods, and the psychological factors contributing to users' security decisions. Their interdisciplinary approach combines research and expertise from multiple disciplines (e.g. psychology, statistics, electrical engineering, and computer science) to make novel contributions to the HCI and security engineering fields. 

  • RISE group is a multi-modal transportation infrastructure research and education partnership focusing on the structural health monitoring, advanced concrete and innovative materials, traffic and transportation analysis, life cycle cost analysis, impact of overweight trucks on infrastructure, reliability-based code calibration, computer-aided modeling and analysis, etc.

  • RISE researchers are dedicated to developing computational methods that can contribute to building and maintaining a resilient and sustainable built environment. The overall theme of the research lies in the field of Sensing, Machine Learning, Cyber-Physical Systems, Data Analytics, and Large-Scale Visualization.

  • The Urban and Coastal Laboratories, consisting of fluid mechanics lab and hydro-environmental informatics lab, is dedicated to addressing water resources engineering challenges through fundamental and applied research taking the advantage of our advanced lab, field, and computational facilities.