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Michigan Technological University - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

Graduate research in biomedical engineering includes three areas of concentration: biomaterials, tissue engineering and physiological measurement. Included is research in implantable polymer materials that release factors to minimize tissue reaction; wound healing; lymphatic angiogenesis; neural tissue engineering; cellular mechanotransduction; bone mechanics, metabolism and tissue engineering; magnetic-based biomedical sensors; biomedical instrumentation, and applications of biomedical engineering in rural medicine.

Chemical Engineering

Graduate research programs are conducted in several areas of process engineering including design, simulation, control, and safety. Other important areas of research include polymer and materials processing, polymer rheology, physical properties, bio-based products, bio-transport, thermodynamics of materials, and environmental engineering, alternative fuels and fuel cell technology.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Areas of research emphasis include modeling the fate, transport, and impact of pollutants on the environment; civil engineering materials; transportation systems; pavement design; prestressed concrete design; sustainability engineering; pollution prevention, drinking water treatment; biological process modeling, sediment transport modeling; uncertainty analysis and risk assessment; bridge engineering; integrated water resource management; scour: construction systems and management; airport planning and design, railroad engineering, traffic safety; biogeochemical cycles in aquatic and terrestrial systems; remediation of contaminated groundwater systems; and hydrologic frequency analysis. The Master’s International programs allow students to combine graduate course work with Peace Corps service.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research activities include electric power systems (reliability, dynamic behavior, and simulation), renewable energy, power electronics, micro grids and smart grids, cybersecurity, optical sensing and sensors,optical imaging, digital communications, information theory, cognitive radio, radar systems and signal processing, wireless local positioning, digital signal and image processing, computer and communication networks, embedded computer systems, wireless sensor networks, vehicular communications, very large-scale integration (VLSI) circuit design, optical interconnects, electronic materials and devices, nanomaterials, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), chemical vapor sensors, energetic materials, and dielectric metamaterials.


Areas of research include applying personal response systems, flipped classroom design and implementation, visual reasoning in early engineering students, implementation paths for "precepts" of becoming a good learner, design and implementation of robotics activities as an engineering first-year project, instructional applications targeting engineering ethics, and design and implementation of first year engineering integrated curricula.

Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences

Departmental research activities include a wide variety of topics in the areas of geological engineering, mining engineering, geophysics, geology, geostatistical estimation of reserves, mine planning and design, mine systems optimization and simulation, and automation in mine health and safety. The Department has complementary research in: volcanology and hazard mitigation; atmospheric chemistry and impacts on climate, interactions of the atmosphere with the biosphere and hydrosphere; petroleum geology and geophysics; seismology; hydrogeology and groundwater engineering; remote sensing for natural hazards and water resources; and geochronology, plate tectonics, and paleomagnetism.

Materials Science & Engineering

Research in the Material Science and Engineering Department deals with development and application of processing/property/performance relationships for all classes of engineered materials. Active research programs include studies of electronic and magneto-optical materials, structural alloys, and composite materials. These programs focus on synthesis, microstructural control, manufacture and assembly, and failure mechanisms of these materials during engineering applications.

Mechanical Engineering and Engr. Mechanics

High-impact research occurs across different fields of engineering and science. To encourage interdisciplinary research Michigan Tech's Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics Department has a matrix organization that integrates four technical areas: Design and Dynamic Systems, Energy-Thermo-Fluids, Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering, and Solid Mechanics with four research groups: Advanced Power Systems, Engineering Education Innovation, Multi-Scale Sensors & Systems, and Space Systems, and three centers and institutes: Advanced Power Systems Research Center, Agile & Interconnected Microgrids Center, and Multi-Scale Technologies Institute. This organization provides a solid foundation for a diverse curriculum and innovative research. To stay at the forefront of technology, our research groups have funded collaborations across most departments at Michigan Tech and other universities. This ensures our students and faculty develop connections between their focused research and its broader implications while creating high-impact knowledge.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Institute of Materials Processing

The Institute of Materials Processing is a multi-disciplined, industrially oriented research and development center. Staffed by full-time professional engineers and scientists who are dedicated to assisting industry in problem-solving through the use of advanced analytical instruments, modern processing equipment and diverse scientific disciplines. Capabilities to develop new processes beginning with bench top experimentation and culminating in pilot plant production.

Keweenaw Research Center

KRC provides applied research solutions through laboratory based evaluation, computer based modeling and analysis, vehicle testing and evaluation and snow research. KRC has many corporate constituents, both commercial and military.
The full time staff at KRC is composed of engineers and scientists. KRC is continually growing and changing to meet the demanding market of engineering research.

Michigan Tech Research Institute

MTRI is a recognized leader in the research, development and practical application of sensor and information technology to solve critical problems in national security, protecting and evaluating critical infrastructure, bio informatics, earth sciences and environmental processes. The Institute works to establish the pairing of new phenomenological (cause-effect) understandings and the development of mathematical paradigms to extract new knowledge from existing and non-traditional data sources that lets the responsible party make better decisions in the real world. It is the combination of the phenomenological model, and an understanding of the sensing mechanism that pervades the approaches being developed to more accurately and completely reflect the state of the system(s) under observation and the strength of the conclusions reached on the system's purpose and intent (future state).

Michigan Tech Transportation Institute

The Michigan Technological University Transportation Institute conducts transportation and transportation materials research and outreach activities. Within the Transportation Center, there are four active programs which are engaged in projects ranging from transportation related research, training and product development to technology transfer and education. Many civil engineering students and faculty are involved in research programs and projects through the Transportation Center.