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Kansas State University - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Architectural Engr./Construction Sci. & Mgmt.

Structural, mechanical and electrical systems design and analysis for buildings: structural steel, reinforced concrete, reinforced masonry, timbers systems for various loads including seismic; domestic water supply and sanitation systems, fire protection, heating and air-conditioning systems; and lighting and electrical systems, environmental control systems in buildings, acoustics, communication and energy management systems for buildings. Building design and construction: integration of structural, mechanical, and electrical systems in buildings; sustainable building design; and construction. Graduate degree offered only in Architectural Engineering

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Biological Systems Engineering: biobased materials, bioenergy, bioproducts, biofuels, identity preservation in grain handling, livestock and grain systems, value-added bioprocessing; Environmental Engineering: air quality, ecological engineering, environmental applications of nanotechnology, irrigation systems, soil conservation, water quality, watershed modeling; Machinery Systems Engineering: instrumentation and control systems, machinery systems, mechatronics, safety, sensors and controls, robotics, phenotyping.

Chemical Engineering

Vapor phase epitaxy and crystal growth of wide band gap semiconductor; catalysis and reaction engineering: nano-scale catalytic materials for efficient energy production and catalytic hydrogen generation; bioremediation of contaminated soils and wastewater; membrane separations and catalytic membranes; enzymatic catalysis; design and synthesis of nanostructured porous materials; adsorption separation and purification processes; value-added agricultural products and biofuels; solar thermochemical production of ammonia; thermodynamics of ionic liquids; nanostructured materials for electrochemical energy storage, thermal management, and environmental remediation; single molecule spectroscopy; first-principles simulation; molecular modeling; biosensing, and biointerfaces.

Civil Engineering

Water resources engineering: hydraulic and hydrologic modelling; environmental engineering: physical, chemical, and biological processes for water, wastewater, and hazardous waste treatment; geotechnical engineering: physical properties of soil, environmental geotechnology; structural engineering: behavior of steel and concrete members, fracture mechanics of concrete, earthquake engineering; transportation engineering: transportation systems, highway safety, pavement materials, and performance of systems.

Computer Science

Parallel and distributed computing systems: synchronization, concurrency; construction, composition, and verification of distributed systems; algorithms and protocols; high-speed communication systems; operating systems; parallel programming languages and systems; programming languages: compiler construction, denotational and operational semantics, concurrency; database systems; software engineering: environments and tools, specification and verification, testing, large software systems, artificial intelligence, robotics, security, bioinformatics, health information technology, middleware software systems, mobile sensor networks.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Bioengineering: telemedicine, bioinstrumentation; communication systems: detection and estimation, analog/digital/RF circuits, wireless telecommunications; computer networks; computer systems: digital systems testing, computer algorithms, non-contact sensing, rapid prototyping; control systems: mobile autonomous robotics; electromagnetics; instrumentation: microcontroller applications; power systems: stability, distribution automation, power electronics, renewable energy; signal processing: image processing; solid-state electronics: sensors, device and process modeling, computational intelligence.

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Manufacturing processes and systems: machining of difficult-to-machine materials, laser assisted processing, electronics manufacturing, quality control; operations research: mathematical programming, fuzzy and uncertainty reasoning, simulation systems, systems modeling and control, integer programming, network flows, graph theory, logistics; engineering management: project modeling, decision making; ergonomics: human-machine interaction, work design, occupational safety engineering, work environment; health care systems engineering: modeling, optimization and performance improvement of health systems.

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Radiation detection, nuclear reactor analysis and design: neutron activation analysis; X-ray, gamma-ray, and neutron spectroscopy; radiation effects on materials; radiation detection; radiation protection; non-destructive evaluation;Heat and mass transfer; analytical, experimental and computational fluid mechanics; multi-phase flow; aerodynamics; room air diffision; Industrial refrigeration, nano- materials design, fabrication and testing; fracture mechanics; composite materials; control systems: dynamic system modeling, instrumentation, measurements, simulation; noncontact sensing; aircraft navigation and control; HVAC, biothermal modeling, environmental engineering; internal combustion engines; turbulence and transition; flow instability, flow control and microfluidics.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Advanced Manufacturing Institute

The Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI) exists to advance technologies, people, and companies through collaborative engineering and business partnerships. To do so, AMI provides a broad range of services and project management resources to both private industry and University researchers to advance the commercial readiness of new products or technologies. This process begins by gaining an understanding of the technology and the value that it brings to the target market, determining an appropriate intellectual property strategy, engineering design, prototyping, and testing, and if needed, providing assistance in the development and execution of the commercialization plan.

Center for Hazardous Substance Research

The Center for Hazardous Substance Research provides leadership for projects on sustainable development, handling and processing hazardous waste/materials,remediation of contaminated soil, environmental evaluations, brownfields, protection of water supplies,
resource recovery, treatment, disposal, and storage of hazardous materials.

Engineering Extension Programs

Engineering Extension is the leader in technical assistance, training, and outreach for the College of Engineering, disseminating knowledge to citizens of Kansas and the nation in service of the land-grant mission. Extension’s expertise focuses on the issues of pollution prevention, environmental compliance, radon, and energy. The staff at Engineering Extension brings years of education and experience to their work in serving clients’ and citizens’ technical assistance needs. Over ninety percent of the work is funded through grants and contracts with state, federal, foundation, and private entities. A history of successful performance has led to sustained funding of Extension programs, with up to 24 contracts and over $4 million in current sources and training revenues.

Engineering Research and Graduate Programs

The Engineering Research and Graduate Programs (ERGP) office manages basic and applied research programs for the College of Engineering. The College has a tradition of strong multidisciplinary research programs, and funding has grown significantly over the past decade. The College offers outstanding capabilities for performing research in well-equipped state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. The ERGP office also provides support for professional development for faculty, staff and graduate students.

Institute for Environmental Research

The Institute for Environmental Research (IER) is an interdisciplinary research center for the study of the thermal interaction between people and their surroundings. IER was established in 1963, and it occupies 6,500 square feet of laboratory and office space on the Kansas State University campus. Eight computer-controlled environmental chambers are used to simulate indoor conditions as well as extreme arctic and desert conditions. These chambers are supported by instruments for measuring and recording environmental parameters and human physiological responses. In addition, unique thermal devices such as sweating manikins are used to evaluate protective clothing and sleeping bag systems. Over the years, IER has become a world leader in research dealing with indoor environmental engineering and factors affecting the thermal comfort and thermal stress of people. In 2006, IER added a new laboratory off campus " the Aircraft Cabin Environment Research Laboratory (ACERL). This lab is dedicated to experimental research addressing the environment inside commercial airliners. Most of the projects at ACERL are conducted in collaboration with other universities and in support of the air transportation industry. Capabilities include an environmentally controlled, 11-row mock-up of a wide-body aircraft cabin for use in studying air distribution, air quality, contaminant transport, decontamination, and related topics.

National Gas Machinery Laboratory

The National Gas Machinery Laboratory, an institute of Kansas State University helps the natural gas transmission industry move natural gas safely, reliability, and cost-effectively throughout the nation. With thousands of reciprocating engines that power natural gas pipelines across the county, these engines need low cost, advanced technology retrofits to meet today's standards for clean air and efficiency. Through a strong partnership with industry representatives, research at the NGML focuses on meeting these challenges. The NGML also provides the industry with experienced engineers who have a solid grounding in engineering fundamentals. Home to the multiple turbocharger and engine test cells, and a full complement of computational software and hardware, the NGML is well equipped to address industry's experimental and computational needs. Established in 1996, this facility is recognized as the leading university-based turbocharger research facility in the US.