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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical and Biological Engineering

To face the demands and challenges in modern industry, the Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Materials Science Departments at Polytechnic University have joined their forces to form a single, multidisciplinary department. We now offer educational and research programs that fulfill the present trends with novel molecules, advanced properties and processes, and high quality optimization. Our programs rely strongly on our reputation in polymeric materials.

Civil Engineering

The Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty actively participate in scholarly research activities. This helps us to be up-to-date in our areas of expertise and to incorporate research in teaching. Through research, we contribute to finding better ways of developing and managing our vital civil infrastructure systems, including transportation, water supply/distribution, and waste disposal.

Research is typically undertaken through the Transportation Research Institute (TRI), the Urban ITS Center (UITSC), the Urban Utilities Center (UUC), and the Center for Construction Management Technology (CCMT). There are opportunities for students to join research teams in all the specialty areas of the Department, and all regular faculty are involved in research.

Computer Science and Engineering

The department faculty is involved in
research at the frontiers of many key areas of computer science. Current research includes the analysis and development of data mining, highly efficient Internet search engines, imaging, very large database systems, security with digital watermarking,
advanced algorithms, interactive
graphics and high performance networks.
Major research foci are in distributed systems, media systems and software engineering. Application of the research is in all business areas such as finance, transportation, education, government, entertainment and telecommunications. Software and the intelligence developed for these areas are growing rapidly and is a major challenge in computer science.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Polytechnic University has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, starting with the inception of the EE programs at

Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering

Mechanical, aerospace, and manufacturing engineers design and build the modern products and processes that the society needs. The wide range of dynamic and continually evolving areas where such engineers are the prime movers include bioengineering, energy systems, aircraft, aerospace, environmental engineering, controls for mechanical systems, mechanical-electrical devices, automobiles, materials engineering, automated manufacturing, structural engineering, robotic systems, fluidic systems and devices, production planning and control, combustion processes and systems, and others too numerous to list. The diversity and multi-dimensionality of this modern engineering profession that designs and manufactures complex modern products requires a sophisticated educational background that spans fundamental understanding of the underlying science, the design methodology, manufacturing processes, methods and techniques, and economic and industrial implications. The department offers a comprehensive array of programs and courses that address each facet of this exciting profession. These are discussed in the following paragraph and in the individual sections related to the mechanical, aerospace, industrial and manufacturing engineering programs.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications

The center was created in 1983 as one of the State of New York's four original Centers for Advanced Technology. The CATT continues to maintain as its mission, technology transfer in the areas of telecommunications and distributed information systems. The CATT houses 30 experts who work in cooperation with telecommunication-provider and telecommunication-user businesses in the areas of networking, distributed information systems, imaging and wireless communications.

Center for Construction Management Technology

The primary mission of the Center is to employ teaching and research to further develop world-class expertise in Fully-Integrated and Automated Project Process 9FIAPP), and to promote the applications of FIAPP to building, process and infrastructure construction projects in the New York region and beyond.

Herman F. Mark Polymer Research Institute

The Polymer Research Institute was founded by Dr. Herman Mark in 1942, and continues to be an internationally-recognized leader in the synthesis, characterization, structure, processing, properties, and applications of polymeric materials. In addition to its role in fostering interdisciplinary interest and work in polymers, PRI sponsors symposia, conferences, and professional educational programs.

The Institute provides a focal point for over 25 faculty members in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and
Physics around which to direct their research efforts. The Polymer Research Institute is actively involved with
industry in regard to outsourcing, problem solving, and education.

In addition to the traditional chemical related areas, PRI has recently expanded its interests in
macromolecular technology to health related areas.

Institute of Imaging Sciences

Imaging sciences are concerned with all aspects of information presented in visual form. The Institute of Imaging Sciences, founded in 1981, is involved in three major areas: image processing, optics and devices, and photoactive materials. Participating faculty originate in many departments, including Computer and Information Science, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics.

NSF Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing of Macromolecules

NSF-BBM was established in 2000 to fill
a need expressed by industry to provide a mechanism to assess the potential impact that biocatalysis and bioprocessing might have on its future businesses. NSF-BBM is organized to provide its industrial members with critical cutting edge research on enzyme transformations related to polymer technology. The resulting knowledge base and the resources of NSF-BBM are made available on a proprietary basis to its members. The objective is to allow industrial members to make informed decisions as to how new developments in biocatalysis and bioprocessing can specifically be
directed toward their core-business needs.

Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management

Rudin Center for Transportation Policy
and Management (CTPM), in partnership
with New York University,Polytechnic University and the Institute
of Public Administration; Director: Lee
Sander, formerly NYC Transportation
Commissioner (
transportation/). The mission of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management is to encourage innovative thinking and action in transportation management and policy. The Center achieves these objectives through a combination of value-added research, education, and public service.

Transportation Research Institute

The Transportation Research Institute (TRI), formerly the Transportation Training and Research Center (TTRC), was created in 1975 to develop, expand, and transfer the knowledge base in transportation through research, studies, and education; and to improve the mobility and safety of persons, freight, and services in metropolitan areas. TRI has a long and distinguished history of innovative research and educational programs.
The Institute has conducted a variety of landmark studies involving capacity analysis of freeways and
signalized intersections, and led the development of the 1985 Highway Capacity Manual, used throughout the world as a design and analysis standard. The Institute conducts Intelligent Transportation Systems(ITS) research in New York City involving technical, institutional, and private-public issues. Through the Urban ITS Center, it is providing technical and policy analysis assistance to the New York City Department of Transportation to facilitate the deployment of ITS technologies in the NY Metropolitan area.

Urban Infrastructure Institute

The Urban Infrastructure Institute is a federation of research centers providing an integrated framework for cross-disciplinary research with urban infrastructure agencies, electrical, gas and water utilities and the construction industry. The Institute
is a member of the City Construction
Consortium, established in 1993.

Urban ITS Center

The mission of the Urban ITS Center (UITSC) is to promote the use of ITS technologies that enhance the operational efficiency and safety of New York City's multimodal transportation network, increase the efficiency of City services, better serve customers' travel needs, and improve the quality of life in the City.

Urban Security Initiative

In response to the need to address urban security concerns, Polytechnic has established a University-wide interdisciplinary Urban Security Initiative (USI) to address pressing urban security problems through the engineering, scientific, management
and educational capabilities of the University and collaborating nstitutions, industries and public entities. Educationally, USI seeks to create a skilled workforce of urban-security specialists through graduate and undergraduate courses and certificate programs.

Urban Utility Center

During the summer of 1998 an agreement was established among major utilities including Brooklyn Union, Consolidated Edison of New York Inc., US GasTech, Nicor Technologies Inc., New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Societe Anonyme de Gestion des Eaux de Paris (SAGEP), Southern California Gas (SoCalGas), and Polytechnic University to establish the Urban Utility Center and for undertaking the development of R & D Projects and New Technologies Information System.

Weber Wireless Research Institute

The Weber Wireless Research Institute conducts research in wave propagation, advanced antennas, communicatgion system design and simulation, signal processing, radio resouce management and technologies that promote the quality and efficiency of the wireless Internet.

Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology

The marriage of wireless and Internet technologies is a harbinger of the revolutionary changes facing the information technology industry in the coming years. Recognizing the need to research and create technologies and tools to enable businesses and consumers to maximize the use of the wireless Internet, Polytechnic University established the Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT). The center supports several reasearch projects to develop new techniques for data transmission and information delivery.