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University of Minnesota -Twin Cities - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics

There are a wide variety of research topics and projects, including nanotechnology, biomechanics of the lung, smart materials, computational and experimental fluid dynamics, formation flying of satellites, air traffic control, and autonomous aerospace vehicles. Since our graduate program concentrates on fundamentals, it is possible for students with undergraduate degrees in mathematics, physics, or other branches of engineering to pursue graduate studies in our Department. Students work in state of the art facilities and our faculty has an outstanding breath and depth of knowledge.

Biomedical Engineering

Research topics include: application of MEMS devices in medicine; tissue engineering; blood/fluid mechanics; soft tissue mechanics; hemodynamics of caediovascular function, structure & instrumentation; design of artificial internal organs; heat and mass transfer in biological tissues; biomaterials and biointerfacial science; biomedical imaging; organ preservation; lung dynamics; pathological pulmonary conditions; biomechnics and electrical stimulation; design of bone and joint prostheses; instrumentation and control devices to correct neurological defects; human factors engg; experimental cardiopulmonary and vascular surgery; biomedical applications in human intensive-carepractices; patient home health monitoring.

Chemical Engineering* & Materials Science

Emphases are available in colloids, interfaces, microelectronic materials, ceramics, polymers, molecular materials, nanostructures & nanocomposites, organic solid state chemistry, catalysis, surface chemistry & physics, chemical kinetics, molecular theory of rate processes, thermodynamics, chemical reactor analysis, control & optimization, fluid & interfacial mechanics, crystal growth, bioengineering, molecular interfaces, interface chemistry and physics, physical & chemical metallurgy, metal physics, electronic properties of materials, electronic structure theory, superconductivity, electrochemistry, corrosion, rheology, structure-property relationships, electron microscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, and atomic force microscopy.

Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering

Research covers the full range of topics in environmental engineering and sustainability, critical infrastructure, transportation systems, structures, fluid systems and mechanics, geo- and rock mechanics.

Computer Science and Engineering

Graduate students can select a program of study and research in all core areas of computer science, or can structure a more interdisciplinary program to match their own special interests. The faculty conduct instruction and research in software engineering, parallel processing, numerical analysis, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, computer-aided design, theory of computation, computer networks, distributed systems, fault-tolerant computing, computer vision, robotics, neural networks, computer security, and computer architecture.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Emphasis includes solid state & physical electronics, sensors, microelectromechanics, nanoelectronics, quantum electronics, plasma physics, automatic controls, power systems, power electronics, communication systems & theory, optics, lasers, fiber optics, magnetic devices & systems, VLSI engineering, signal & image processing, computer vision, analog & mixed signal circuits, low-power electronics, microwave devices, and computer & systems engineering. Interdisciplinary work is also available in bioelectrical sciences, bioengineering, control sciences.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Faculty and students in our program have access to state-of-the-art research facilities including the Enterprise Logistics Laboratory, the Geometric Optimization and Transportation Laboratory, the Stochastic Modeling Laboratory and Supply Chain and Operations Research Laboratory (SCORLAB). Integrating science, engineering, mathematics, and management, our researchers are working in a wide range of industries developing processes that improve quality, productivity and efficiency.

Mechanical Engineering

Research in mechanical engineering includes atmospheric aerosols; applied controls;bioengineering; biomechanics; combustion; composite materials; computer-aided design; computer-aided manufacturing; computer graphics; control systems; design; energy conservation; environmental control; environmental engineering; finite element analysis; fluid mechanics; heat & mass transfer; history of science & technology; human factors engineering; innovative methodologies; integration of structural & environmental systems; manufacturing engineering; manufacturing systems; MEMS; nano technology;new product design; particle technology; plasma chemistry; plasma heat transfer; power, propulsion, & applied thermodynamics; solar energy; solar processing & thermochemistry; statistics; structures; systems dynamics; technology assessment; thermal energy storage; thermal environmental engineering; thermodynamics; transportation; tribology; vibration; and interdisciplinary finite element methodology.

Technological Leadership Institute

Provides professional masters degrees in management of technology, security technologies, and infrastructure engineering systems

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces, and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN)

DARPA-SRC center on spintronics

Center for Sustainable Polymers CSP

NSF center on sustainable polymer research

Center for Transportation Studies

Supports research in intelligent transporation systems and traffic engineering

Characterization Facility

Supports research in characterizing materials. The facility houses numerous advanced microscopes and related instruments.

Charles Babbage Institute (CBI)

Is a center of research and repository of material on the history of computing and information technologies.

CSE Dean's Research

Administration of special college-wide funded initiatives

Digital Technology Center

Broad areas in the development and application of digital technologies are covered, including high performance computing, telecommunication, networking and wireless communications, intelligent storage, digital design and visualization.

Engineering Research Center for Compact & Efficient Fluid Power

New NSF ERC focused on improving the efficiency of systems using fluid power and enabling the design and deployment of new compact devices and systems that utilize such power. University of Minnesota is the lead institution in this center, which has collaborators at University of Illinois, Purdue University, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Vanderbilt, Milwaukee School of Engineering and North Carolina A&T.

Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering

Industry supported research in materials science and engineering.

Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM)

Provides support and organization for research at the interface of engineering and medicine.

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center conducts interdisciplinary research in novel polymers, magnetic heterostructures, emerging materials. It also an outreach program with several four year colleges in the upper Midwest.

Medical Devices Center

Focus is on innovations in the design and commercialization of medical devices for the betterment of human health. The Innovation Fellows Program in the center trains future leaders in medical device innovations.

Minnesota Nano Center (MNC)

Provides expertise and fabrication facilities in micro and nano technologies

St.Anthony Falls Laboratory

Hosts unique research facilities and programs in hydrology and broad areas of applications of fluid mechanics and water, earth and environment dynamics and interactions.