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University of South Florida - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

M.S. and Ph.D. programs emphasize research on renewable energy, material science and biomedical engineering. In material science and engineering, the focus is on nanomaterials science, surface and interfacial engineering, polymeric materials, and engineering for energy applications. There is a significant effort on multi-scale modeling and simulation. In the biomedical area, the emphasis is on sensing of biomarkers, drug and gene delivery, biophotonics, biomechanics and neuroscience and engineering. In the area of energy and environment, the emphasis is on green engineering principles, development of renewable energy sources such as biofuels, fuel cells, solar energy and photocatalysis . The Materials Science and Engineering masters and graduate certificate programs are directed and monitored with a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary collaborative participation.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

M.S. and Ph.D. programs in the areas of civil and environmental engineering, including water supply, wastewater treatment, air quality management, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental risk assessment, sustainability, green engineering; geotechnical engineering; materials engineering, including properties of materials, corrosion, and microscopic and macroscopic properties of concrete; structural engineering and structural mechanics; transportation and pavement engineering; and water resources engineering.

Computer Science and Engineering

The research areas of the Department faculty include artificial intelligence, software security, network security, cybersecurity, computer vision and pattern recognition, cyber-physical systems, computing education research, databases, distributed systems, graphics and visualization, location aware information systems, networks, programming languages, robotics, VLSI, computer architecture, and parallel processing. Graduate students at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels are actively involved in all of these research areas.

Electrical Engineering

The department conducts research in secure and resilient networks, wireless networks, RFID and communications; nano-scale integrated circuit technology, heterogeneous integrated systems, hardware security and 3D integrated circuits; control systems; micro- and mm-wave circuits and applied electromagnetics; photovoltaic devices, alternative energy and energy delivery systems; electronic materials and surface science; MEMS sensors; biomedical engineering including imaging, devices and drug delivery; signal and speech processing; digital and 3D manufacturing.

Industrial and Management Systems Engr.

The department conducts graduate work and research in the areas of mathematical and systems optimization and modeling, statistical optimization and bigdata analytics applications, engineering management, systems engineering, healthcare systems engineering, and manufacturing and service systems. Research interests are related to energy, medical decision making, healthcare delivery, transportation, management and information-based systems.

Mechanical Engineering

Graduate research and course work are available in the areas of Nanomaterials, Materials Characterization, Composite Materials, Tribology, Design, Manufacturing, Rehabilitation Robotics, Dynamic Systems and Controls, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Micro and Nano Sensors and Transducers, Vibrations, Fracture Mechanics, Friction, Fasteners, Engineering Education Research, Mechanics, Microelectronics, Thin Film Technology, Compliant Mechanisms and Biomechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Rehabilitation Engineering, Haptics, Mechanical Properties and Characterization, Energy Systems Design, and Bionomic Engineering.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Applied Research in Medical Devices

The mission of the Center for Applied Research in Medical Devices (CareMed) is to improve the overall effectiveness of the medical devices and equipment industry across its entire value chain and provide the organizational structure to link interdisciplinary researchers, industry organizations, and government regulatory agencies. Research areas include process quality control and assurance, product design, healthcare supply chain, regulatory affairs and public policy. The Center, through the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, also provides a graduate certificate (six graduate courses) in the regulatory affairs area to prepare a qualified engineering workforce for the MDM industry. The Center was established in July 2004 with the help of the Florida Medical Manufacturers' Consortium (FMMC) to support the medical device industry in the State of Florida, which is second to California in the number of FDA registered medical device manufacturers.

Center for Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics Technologies (CARRT)

The purpose of the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology is to develop integrated rehabilitation technology systems that will increase employment of individuals with disabilities. This project provides comprehensive statewide services to include assessment and implementation for all rehabilitation technologies, including assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering. The following are the primary objectives. (1)Conduct rehabilitation technology and engineering assessments by qualified individuals to determine appropriate technology interventions. (2) Design, Fabricate and Coordinate the delivery of and successful implementation of rehabilitation technology and engineering services. (3) Establish and provide appropriate training of rehabilitation professionals, customers, service providers and client advocacy personnel on the benefits of rehabilitation technology services. (4) Prepare technical standards for both products and services to ensure quality and qualifications of vendors for rehabilitation technology.

Center for Communications and Signal Processing

Center focuses on promoting research and development of the transport of intelligent systems, and processing signals, images and video for enhancement, interpretation or efficiency of transmission. Topics that relate to hardware/software realization, such as VLSI design, and frontier concepts such as system-on-a-chip, are also of concern.

Center for Modeling Hydrologic and Aquatic Systems

Formally established by the State of Florida in 1974 as the Center for Mathematical Models (CMM), the center has been a leader in advancing the concept of integrated source water management and modeling and "closed hydrologic cycle" assessment. The center houses models used for engineering design and management of analysis of coastal, estuarine, inland, and upland waterways involving interdependent, hydrologic, hydraulic and aquatic systems.

Center for Molecular Delivery

Research focus is on the application of short term electric fields to enhance gene therapy by making the initial gene delivery predictable and more efficient. Research includes investigation of macromolecules, applicators, and electroporation signatures to characterize the influence on agent delivery and that agent’s impact in therapeutic applications. The center works in collaboration with the USF College of Medicine.

Center for Urban Transportation Research

The research program focuses on a variety of transportation issues, including suburban mobility, public transportation, high-speed rail, intelligent transportation systems, growth management, transportation finance, transportation safety, geographic information systems, paratransit, and public policy.

Clean Energy Research Center

Center develops, evaluates, and promotes commercialization of new environmentally clean energy sources and systems like hydrogen, fuel cells, solar energy conversion and biomass utilization that meet the needs of both electric power and transportation sectors through multi-disciplinary research, technical and infrastructure development and information transfer.

Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research

Discovery, Prevention, Therapeutics. One of the Global Center's main R&D strategies is to combine the knowledge and practices of multiple scientific and clinical research disciplines to attack the highly prevalent, complex communication and biomedical problems of hearing impairment, deafness, age-related hearing loss, communication systems, speech perception, and voice quality. These multiple disciplines include audiology, bioengineering, biochemistry, biomedical imaging, cellular and molecular biology, electrical engineering, electrophysiology, gene therapy, genetics, microsystems engineering, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, psychoacoustics, signal processing, speech science, and voice science.

Nanotechnology Research and Education Center (NREC)

The NNRC is a university-wide user fabrication and metrology center providing state-of-the-art equipment, professional support personnel and infrastructure to enable multidisciplinary research in nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing methods related to fundamental materials science, sensors, actuators, electronics, bio-systems, medical products, optics and integrated nanoscale systems. The Nanotech I facility supports research projects of faculty, graduates students, undergraduates, and industrial researchers. The following objectives are being implemented to carry out the mission: (1) Nurturing and enabling multidisciplinary nano related research projects for all interested faculty in all colleges at the University of South Florida. (2) Providing professionally managed state-of-the-art fabrication facilities, analytical instruments and metrology tools for the characterization of nanomaterials. (3) Providing training programs for all interested faculty and students who wish to use the facility. (4) Providing a facility for industrial users working collaboratively with USF faculty to develop competitive processes and products for commercialization of technology.

National Bus Rapid Transit Institute (NBRTI)

The National BRT Institute serves as a clearinghouse for all current BRT-related information, keeping up-to-date on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) research and the status of BRT projects throughout the country and the world that may have application to the Program. The National BRT Institute conducts new research in areas related to BRT developing "best practices" manuals and tools that assist BRT community members. Topic areas of current research include: the importance of image and perception on BRT ridership, looking into the impacts of BRT on land use, BRT Service Planning Guidelines, BRT and its relationship to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and updating the Characteristics of Bus Rapid Transit resource document. Other activities include developing a BRT curriculum for graduate and undergraduate level public transportation/urban planning course, hosting a BRT Peer-to-Peer (BRT P2P) Program, provide for and summarize Scanning Tours of BRT systems in the US and worldwide, and conduct and/or assist in the evaluation of current and future BRT projects in the U.S.

National Center for Transit Research (NCTR)

NCTR is a federally funded University Transportation Center and is the largest university-based public transportation research center in the United States. It is dedicated to enhancing the performance and relevance of public transit and other forms of alternative transportation, and to the study of managed lanes. Research conducted includes various elements of public transportation systems including management and operations, growth management, finance, safety, Paratransit, and ITS.

USF Center for Wireless & Microwave Information Systems

The Center for Wireless and Microwave Information Systems conducts research across a broad range of technical areas that include device modeling and characterization, RF micro electromechanical systems, advanced materials and nanoscale devices, active antennas, cognitive radio and next generation wireless architectures. Research projects focus on basic scientific development as well as applications such as biomedical sensing, communications, robotics and transportation. Active collaborations are pursued with multiple industry and university partners as well as several centers at the University of South Florida. The WAMI Center typically supports 30-40 graduate student research assistants.