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Santa Clara University - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Applied Mathematics

Linear algebra and matrix theory; Numerical analysis


Imaging; Image and signal analysis; Speech biomechanics; Devices for biomedical applications; Cellular and molecular engineering; Biomaterials and tissue engineering, Protein engineering

Civil Engineering

Environmental engineering; Water and wastewater treatment; Impacts of climate change on water resources; Transportation modeling; Construction management and optimization; Sustainable and earthquake-resistant structural engineering; Geotechnical engineering

Computer Engineering

Data science; Internet of Things (IoT); Trustworthy computing; User experience; Parallel and distributed processing; Video and image compression; Computer architecture; Database theory; Web retrieval; Machine learning; Wireless and mobile networks; Green computing; Sustainable computing

Electrical Engineering

Communications systems; Wireless communication & networks; Analysis of complex systems; Control; Digital design for testability; Signal, image & video processing with applications to multimedia, speech, & medical imaging; Antennas, RF Microwave/mm-wave circuits; Signal/Power Integrity and Electromagnectic Compatibility; Integrated circuit technology; Analog and mixed signal circuits; Nanotechnology; Power generation, transmission and distribution

Engineering Management & Leadership

The primary mission of the Engineering Management and Leadership Department is to provide working engineers with the skills required to advance their careers. Since these engineers work full-time in Silicon Valley companies there is no opportunity to engage in academic research

Mechanical Engineering

Materials Science; Computational materials modeling; Microstructural engineering; Materials characterization, Phase transformations; Physical metallurgy; Fluid dynamics; Biofluids; Nonlinear dynamic systems; Optimal control; Structures and materials; Design; Manufacturing processes; Plastics; Heat transfer; Computer methods for mechanical engineers; Design optimization, autonomous systems, robotic design & control; Applied Mathematics & computational methods; Energy conversion systems; Heat transfer and phase change; Solar energy; Vortex dynamics; Energy/water saving; Solid mechanics and computation

Sustainable Energy

Energy storage and utilization; Energy harvesting.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Bioimaging & Image Analysis Laboratory

The Bio-imaging/Image and Signal Analysis laboratory carries out basic and translational research on voice. Current research in the laboratory includes the development of imaging modalities to study laryngeal dynamics and function, and novel approaches for image-/biosignal-based analysis and assessment of voice pathologies. The lab also supports the development of new detection and analytical methods using optical probes for applications in high-contrast fluorescence imaging in cells and tissues.

Biological Micro/Nanosystems Laboratory

The Biological Micro/Nanosystems Lab supports research and teaching activities in the broad areas of microfluidics/biosensing. Utilizing microfluidic technologies, spectroscopy, and microfabrication techniques, we develop innovative microfluidic platforms for applications in basic biology, diagnostics, and cellular engineering.

Biomaterials Engineering Laboratory

The Biomaterials Engineering Lab focuses on the use of hydrogels to develop in vitro platforms that explore the role of in vivo like microenvironmental cues on controlling protein structure and function and regulating cell fate. The lab also supports the design and characterization of biomaterial nanocomposites for applications in tissue engineering.

Biomolecular Engineering Laboratory

The theme of research in this lab has been "bioengineering towards therapy". The idea is to engineer novel materials (particularly proteins and peptides) and devices and apply them to study basic biological and medical questions that ultimately lead to drug discovery and disease diagnosis.

Center for Light Frame Structural Research

he Center conducts basic and applied component level research in wood, cold-formed steel and other "light emerging materials" construction. The Center's primary focus is applied research that expands the suite of available design options and facilitates efficient innovative structural design.

Center for Nanostructures

The Nanoelectronics Laboratory provides teaching and research facilities for modeling, simulation, and characterization of devices and circuits in the nanoscale. Ongoing research topics include silicon heterostructures, thin dielectrics, high-frequency device and circuit parameter extraction, carbon nanotubes used as electrical and thermal interconnects, and compact modeling of transistors and interconnects for large-scale circuit simulation. This laboratory is part of the campus-wide Center for Nanostructures, established to conduct, promote, and nurture nanoscale science and technology interdisciplinary research and education activities at the University, and to position the University as a national center of innovation in nanoscience education and nanostructures research.

Communication and Microwave Laboratory

The Communications and Microwave Laboratory provides a full range of modern measurement capability from 0-22 GHz, including a number of automatic network analyzers and modern spectrum analyzers. It also has extensive computer-aided design and simulation capability, based largely on modern commercial software running on workstations. Interconnection of hardware measurements and computer simulation is stressed.

Computer-aided Manufacturing and Prototyping Laboratory

The CAM and Prototyping Lab consists of two machine shops and a prototyping area. One machine shop is dedicated for student use for design and research projects. The second is a teaching lab used for undergraduate and graduate instruction. Both are equipped with modern machine tools, such as lathes and milling machines. The teaching lab also houses both 2-axis and 3-axis Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) vertical milling machines. Current CAM software is available for ease of programming. The prototyping area is equipped with a Stratasys FDM 3000 rapid prototyping system that utilizes fused deposition moderling to create plastic prototypes from CAD generated models. Also available are a Cyberware laser scanner and a Microscribe touch scanner for capturing 3D data points to facilitate reverse engineering or data acquisition from existing components.

Concrete Testing Laboratory

The Concrete Testing Laboratory contains facilities for mixing, casting, curing, and testing concrete cylindars and constructing reinforced-concrete test specimens.

Data Science Laboratory

The Intelligent Information Systems (I2S) Laboratory is devoted to the theory, design, and implementation of intelligent systems to manage, retrieve, mine, and use information. The work of I2S covers a wide range of areas including Web search, information retrieval, cloud computing, social media analysis, AI, machine learning, data mining, recommendation systems, NLP, computer vision, biomedical informatics, computational politics, and computer security.

Digital Systems Processing Laboratory

The Digital Systems Laboratory (operated jointly with the Computer Engineering Department) provides complete facilities for experiments and projects ranging in complexity from a few digital integrated circuits to FPGA-based designs. The laboratory also includes a variety of development systems to support embedded systems and digital signal processing.

Electronic Devices Laboratory

The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Laboratory has two Hitachi Instruments Inc. SEMs with Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis capability, and is equipped with Noran Instruments Inc. X-ray Analysis as well as Semicaps Inc. Image Enhancement software tools. The SEMs are used for teaching and research in the areas of characterization of integrated circuits, metals, plastics, and biological specimens.

Engines Laboratory

Contains a variety of internal combustion engines installed on dynamometer stands that can be used for studies of diesel and spark-ignition engines. The facilities include a chassis dynamometer and instrumentation for evaluating engine performance, measuring exhaust gas emissions, and measuring noise. Studies can be conducted using a variety of fuels.

Environmental Laboratory

The Environmental Laboratory is equipped with instrumentation needed for basic chemical and biological characterization of water, wastewater, and air samples. Several pilot-scale treatment systems are also available.

Fluid Dynamics/Thermal Science Laboratory

Research facilities include a constant head flow facility with laser based visualization. The Fluid Dynamics/Thermal Science Lab contains equipment to illustrate the principles of fluid flow and heat transfer, and to familiarize students with hydraulic machines, refrigeration cycles, and their instrumentation. The lab also contains a subsonic wind tunnel equipped with an axial flow fan with adjustable pitch blades to study aerodynamics. Research tools include modern non-intrusive flow measurement systems.

Frugal Innovation Laboratory

The Frugal Innovation Lab offers instruction, innovation and immersion experiense for SCU students to develop appropriate, adaptable, affordable, and accessible technologies, products and solutions to address human needs in emerging markets. The Frugal Innovation Lab fosters collaboration between students, social entrepreneurs, corporate partners and faculty to incubate and scale development projects in areas such as clean energy, global health, mobile technologies, and sustainable livelihood development.

Geology Laboratory

The Geology Laboratory is equipped with extensive rock and mineral samples as well as topographic, geologic, and soil maps.

Green Computing Laboratory

Devoted to energy efficient computing, i.e., the study and analysis of energy consumption in operating systems and networks and the development of energy-aware software.

Human-Centered Computer Laboratory

The research goal of the Human-Centered Computing Lab is to support diverse users through capturing, understanding, and modeling different user characteristics and contexts, as well as developing human-centered and personalized solutions that provide tailored support for each individual person. This research involves techniques and concepts from the fields of User Modeling, User Experience, HCI, Web Science, Information Retrieval, and Machine Learning.

Hydraulics Laboratory

The Hydraulics Laboratory is shared with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and contains a tilting flume that can be fitted with various open-channel fixtures.

Image and Video Processing Laboratory

The Image and Video Processing Laboratory supports graduate student research on algorithms and implementations for image analysis, image reconstruction and super-resolution, and stereo imaging. Laboratory equipment includes cameras for image acquisition and computation resources, including FPGAs and GPUs for real-time testing.

Instrumentation Laboratory

The Instrumentation Lab contains seven computer stations equipped with state-of-the-art PC-based data acquisition hardware and software systems. Also, included area a full set of oscilloscopes, function generators, power supplies, and basic circuits. A variety of experiments, including transducers for making mechanical, thermal, and fluid measurements are part of this lab.

Intelligent Control Laboratory

Provides and experimental environment for students in the area of control and system engineering. It includes a computer-controlled robotic system, several servo-experimenters, and a torsional mechanical control system. The equipment provides a wide range of qualitative and quantitative experiments for learning the utility and versatility of feedback in computer-controlled systems.

Latimer Energy Laboratory

Supports a very wide range of activities relating to photovoltaics. The laboratory focuses on measurment of solar radiation, measurement and characterization of artificial light sources, study of physical characteristics of PV cells, and electrical characteristics, including I-V curves. Instrumentation includes pyranometers, VIS-IR spectrometers, metallurgical microscopes, source meters, and related computers.

Materials Laboratory

In the Materials and Manufacturing Lab, students are exposed to a variety of materials characterization and manufacturing equipment. Manufacturing processes covered are aluminum sand casting, composite laminate manufacture, plastic casting, vacuum forming, and injection molding. Materials test equipment includes tensile, impact, and hardness testers, differential thermal analyzers, and a scanning electron microscope.

Micro-Scale Heat Transfer Laboratory

Current facilities provide the capability to work with different tasks related to heat transfer and fluids, ranging from the common to specialized ones. The available equipment is used for experimentation: micro-boiling; spray cooling; mono-disperse and poly-disperse atomization of different fluids; high speed imagery; Laser Induced Fluorescence (thermometry and visualization); Infrared Thermometry; data processing: Video capture in tape and digital format; stills; image processing; experiment development: building of electronic circuits for equipment control and embedded system programming. These are some applications to date, however, the laboratory can have a broader range of heat transfer and fluids applications due to its versatility.

Multimedia Compression Laboratory

The Multimedia Compression Laboratory supports research in video/audio compression and decompression.

Robotics Systems Laboratory

The Robotic Systems Laboratory is an interdisciplinary laboratory specializing in the design, control, and teleoperation of highly capable robotic systems for scientific discovery, technology validation, and engineering education. Laboratory students develop and operate systems that include spacecraft, underwater robots, aircraft, and land rovers. These projects serve as ideal test beds for learning and conducting research in mechatronic system design, guidance and navigation, command and control systems, and human-machine interfaces.

Signal Processing Research Laboratory

Conducts research into theoretical algorithm development in adaptive/nonlinear signal processing, speech/audio/video signal processing and their applications in communications, biotech, Voice-over-IP networking and related areas. The lab supports student research in algorithms and real-time implementations on digital signal processors (DSPs) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Laboratory equipment includes UNIX workstations, PCs, digital oscilloscopes, video cameras, wireless LAN networking equipment, DSP boards, and FPGA boards.

Simulation and Design Laboratory

The Simulation and Design Laboratory maintains Windows-based personal computers (PCs) that are used in course assignments and design projects. Commercial software packages in all the major areas of civil engineering are available on the systems with user documentation available to students.

SoC Testing Laboratory

The SoC Testing Laboratory (operated jointly with the Department of Computer Engineering) supports research conducted by graduate students from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering departments. Computer-aided testing packages from industry and the public domain are used in such projects as fault modeling and analysis. Design for Test on RTL-level for digital and mixed signal circuits. Design for reliability based on the defect-based testing.

Soil Mechanics Laboratory

The Soil Mechanics Laboratory contains equipment for testing soils in shear, consolidation, and compaction; equipment for other physical and chemical tests; field testing and sampling equipment; and a complete cyclic triaxial testing system with computer controls used for both research and instructional purposes.

Solar Housing

The 2007, 2009 and 2013 Solar Decathlon Houses are highly instrumented testbeds for studies of photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, as well as general home control systems. Projects include development of a carbon meter, investigation of the impact of micro-invertors on performance, and control of a solar thermal driven vapor absorption chiller.

Structural Laboratory Annex

This is a high-bay test facility equipped with a closed-loop hydraulic system, modern data acquisition and control system, dedicated frames for beam and columns tests, and instrumentation for displacement, pressure, strain, temperature, and acceleration measurements. Capable of testing unique building components that incorporate wall/frames and floor systems with heights up to 8.0 meters.

Structures and Materials Testing Laboratory

The Structures and Materials Testing Laboratory is equipped with three universal testing machines and a closed-loop MTS hydraulic system. These machines/systems are used for testing a variety of construction materials and assemblies under both static and dynamic loading. Complementing this equipment are a series of digital and analog instruments, and high-speed data acquisition and control systems.

Surveying Laboratory

The Surveying Laboratory has a wide variety of equipment, including automatic levels, digital theodolites, total stations, and GPS-based surveying instruments available for instructional purposes.

Sustainable Computing Laboratory

Dedicated to research in systems software and data storage technologies. The projects it supports focus on durable, scalable, and efficient solutions to computing problems, and the application of systems software technologies to broader sustainability problems.

Thermal Energy Storage and Harvesting Laboratory

The Thermal Energy Storage and Harvesting Lab explores solutions for energy and water challenges in both developed communities and emerging markets. The primary focus of the lab is to provide/save electricity and potable water as well as heating/cooling solutions from sustainable energy sources, through investigating heat transfer mechanisms at both macro and nano scales. Heat transfer knowledge in nanoscale allows us to develop better materials for energy conversion and storage, while macroscale heat transfer identifies practical issues to integrate an energy system.

Tissue Engineering Laboratory

The Tissue Engineering Lab supports research and teaching activities related to mammalian cell and tissue culture. Activities include but are not limited to 2D and 3D mammalian cell culture, investigation of the role of biophysical cues on cancer cell migration and response to drugs, and genetic manipulation of mammalian cells.

Vibrations and Control Systems Laboratory

The Vibrations and Control Systems Lab is equipped with two flexible test systems. One is capable of single or multi DOF modes, free or forced motion, and adjustable damping. The other is an inverted pendulum. Both systems can be controlled by a wide variety of control algorithms and are fully computer connected for data acquisition and control.

Wireless Networks Laboratory

Shared by Computer and Electrical Engineering. The lab carries out research projects on the lower three layers of wireless networks. Current projects include (1) efficient scheduling of user traffic in cellular networks using smart antennas, (2) algorithms for turn-key base stations in cellular networks, and (3) changes to the MAC protocol in 802.11 based ad-hoc networks.