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Washington State University - 2013

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biological Systems Engineering

Research in processing of agricultural products after harvest, including reduction of impact bruising of fruits and vegetables, the use of nonthermal methods(pulsed electric fields, high hydrostatic pressure, and oscillating magnetic fields) to process foods, the use of microwave and radio frequency energy to process foods, and computer modeling of food processing. Also, substantial research in aquaculture, in precision farming, and in developing a research program in bioengineering in cooperation with other departments in other colleges on campus.

Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering

There are three emphasis areas - bioengineering, environmental engineering, and fuels processing.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The scientific advancement, design, and preservation of our nation's infrastructure, which is the essence of the civil and environmental engineering professions, requires a fundamental grounding in physics, mathematics and chemistry. At Washington State University we offer the following programs of concentration: environmental engineering; geotechnical engineering; hydraulic engineering; materials; structural engineering; transportation engineering; and water resources.

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Research activities in electrical engineering include electrophysics, control systems, communications and signal processing, power systems, and microelectronics. Research emphasis in computer engineering is in VLSI circuit design, computer architecture, and embedded systems. Research activities in computer science emphasize algorithms, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, distributed systems, graphics, human-computer interaction, networking and communication systems, pervasive computing, and software engineering.

Engineering Management


Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Micro-engine development and microfluidics; Thin films and nanowire research; Dislocation and multi-scale modeling of material structure, Functional ceramic materials, x-ray tomography, composite materials, Heat transfer and solidification in microgravity.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Bioengineering Research Center

Areas of research include: Processing and Characterization of Porous Materials, Musculoskeletal Disease and Functional Restoration, Bio-processing, Bio-computing, and Bio-medical Imaging. These interdisciplinary research areas foster research interactions among faculty members from different disciplines.

Center for Design of Analog-Digital Integrated Circuits

This is one of the 50 NSF-sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers designed to link research and development needs of industry with university research capabilities. CDADIC's mission is to advance the state-of-the art for design tools, testing techniques, and circuit design methodologies for analog and analog-digital integrated circuits.

Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO)

Faculty conduct research focused on observing and quantifying the chemical, physical, and biological phenomena that occur at the interfaces between various phase states, and applying this fundamental information to understand larger scale transport, ultimate fate, and bioavailability of environmentally significant species. Approximately 20 faculty from Engineering, Sciences and Agriculture participate in this Center.

Center for Materials Research

Research is carried out on deformation of metals, fracture of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites, fatigue, phase transformations as affected by surfaces, numerical simulation of atomistic processes, thin films ceramic systems.

Composite Materials & Engineering Center

The mission is to provide a program of research and technology transfer to the wood materials and building industries, both domestically and internationally. The mission spans the disciplines from composite materials engineering to structural design.

Engineering Education Research Center

This research center fosters research that catalyzes culture changes in classrooms along the engineering education pipeline, developing interdisciplinary research teams involving industry and academia to bridge knowledge and geographic boundaries. The Center accesses funding, initiates research, and aids faculty development to improve engineering education.

Lab for Atmospheric Research

Research in biogenic gas emissions, measurement of photochemical precursors and products in air and air pollutant transport and dispersion.

Power Systems Engineering Research Center

PSERC is a NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center that conducts research in all aspects of the electric power industry. A consortium of 11 universities and about 40 companies, WSU is one of the sites of this center and specializes in the areas of power grid security, operation, control and protection. PSERC and the associated Power Professorship program provides a forum for close partnership between WSU and the electric power industry in the teaching and research programs.

Transportation Research Center

The TRAC is a cooperative research center with offices at WSU, the Washington State Department of Transportation and the University of Washington. TRAC provides a link among the government, university researchers, and the private sector. Much of our research is funded by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), and TRAC acts as a liaison, connecting those who need applied research at WSDOT with those best suited to conduct it at the universities.