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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers master's and doctoral degrees. These programs emphasize the application of engineering principles to topics in healthcare, with areas of research specialization including: biomaterials and tissue engineering, biophotonics, bone quality, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiovascular regulation, cellular mechanotransduction, musculoskeletal biomechanics, and neural engineering.

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

The Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering offers graduate programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. The Department has active research programs in Food and Bioprocess Engineering, Machine Systems Automation Engineering, Bioenvironmental Engineering, and Controlled Environment Systems Engineering. Research topics under Food Engineering include; food processing for improving nutrition, food security and identification preservation: topics under Bioprocessing include; biofuels, bioproducts, renewable materials, and value-added renewable resource utilization. Research topics in machine systems automation include; design of machines and systems for precision agriculture, autonomous vehicle control and communication, unmanned aerial systems, and grain harvest logistics: bioenvironmental research topics include: surface water hydrology, water quality, stream restoration, low impact development, animal waste management and mined land reclamation. Controlled environment sytems engineering involves; solar energy systems design, design of environmental control systems, green and sustainable building design for optimal interactions between occupants and environment, energy efficiency, energy auditing in agricultural and industrial facilities, and energy and resource assessment.

Chemical and Materials Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Areas of Research Specialization include:
Biomaterials; Bionanotechnology; Biopharmaceutical Engineering; Ceramics; Computational Materials Science; Drug Delivery; Electronic Materials and Devices; Energy Storage and Battery Technology; Environmental Engineering; Fuel Science; Interfacial Engineering; Materials Synthesis and Nanomaterials; Membrane Science and Technology; Metals and Alloys; Polymer Science and Engineering; Supercritical Fluids Processing; Sustainable Processes; Thin Films; Transport Phenomena.

Civil Engineering

The Department offers programs leading to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Ph.D. degrees. Graduate degree specialization focuses on the following areas: Civil Engineering Materials, Construction Engineering and Project Management, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering. Department strengths include: Construction, Transportation (interdisciplinary), Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure, Global Collaboration and Humanitarian Engineering, Safety and Security, and Railroad Engineering. Research opportunities are experiential and field-oriented.

Computer Science

The Department offers programs leading to the Master of Science and PhD degrees. Areas of research actively pursued by faculty and students in the department include: artificial intelligence, bio-informatics, computer vision, cryptography, database and data mining, design and analysis of algorithms, distributed and parallel computing, knowledge representation and declarative programming, networking, security, software engineering, theory of computation, visualization and graphics.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers programs leading to an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Research focus areas include micro and nano-scale devices and materials, power and energy, computational electromagnetics, computer engineering, and communications and signal processing. The department plays a leading role in several large-scale research centers and institutes, including the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments, the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CeNSE), as well as the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK).

Manufacturing Systems Engineering

The College of Engineering offers a master's degree program in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. It is designed to equip the student for opportunities in modern manufacturing processes and systems. Areas of concentration for research and study are: Sustainable Materials; Sustainable Product Development; Sustainable Manufacturing Processes; Sustainable Manufacturing Systems and Supply Chains; Society, Public Policy, and Regulations; Economic Models for Sustainable Manufacturing; Lean manufacturing.

Mechanical Engineering

• Manufacturing: analytical and numerical modeling, optimization of machining processes and systems, lean manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing, precision manufacturing, and robotics and machine vision.
• Mechanics: dynamic analysis of solids, biomechanics, contact mechanics, system identification of structures, thermal stress and boundary element methods.
• Systems and Design: application of nontraditional materials, finite elements, acoustics, vibration and noise prediction, mechatronic systems, rotating machinery dynamics, engineered surfaces, magnetic bearing technology, and boundary element methods in acoustics.
• Thermal-Fluid Sciences: combustion and fire research, painting technology, nano-technology, computational and experimental fluid dynamics, conduction and convection heat transfer, energy utilization, phase change heat transfer, radiation heat transfer, and optics.

Mining Engineering

Current research areas include the following: rock mechanics and ground control, operations research, mine ventilation, underground construction, surface mining and reclamation, mine environmental engineering, mine power systems, coal preparation, mineral economics, explosives and blasting, geotechnical engineering, ore reserve evaluation, mine health and safety, mine automation and control, minerals processing.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Aluminum Technology

The College of Engineering’s Center for Aluminum Technology was established in September 1999 as a multidisciplinary center providing research and educational services to the aluminum industry in the United States. Aluminum industry leaders, local officials, the University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet collaborated to form the nation’s only aluminum research laboratory supported by such a partnership. One of the ways that the research and educational services are delivered to the Aluminum industry is through Secat, Inc.
The Center supports and conducts research and development, provides technical assistance to the aluminum industry, assists with training and retaining an educated workforce, and promotes and participates in the expanding use of aluminum. The Center provides research opportunities for the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, along with non-degree students from community colleges and technical schools.
Affiliated with the Center are researchers from a variety of disciplines, including materials engineering, chemical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering. The Center is funded through two sources: an endowment established with private contributions from the aluminum industry and matching support from Kentucky’s Research Challenge Trust Fund, and with state and federal grants.

Center for Applied Energy Research

CAER is an energy technology research facility whose broad mission is to conduct basic and applied research designed to generate information on Kentucky energy resources; ascertain the associated environmental impacts; and produce, test and evaluate new technologies. Current activities include coal cleaning, catalysis, emissions control, separation technologies, coal combustion byproducts research, and activated carbon research. CAER's industrial support group works with industry to solve industrial problems through utilization of the center's analytical services expertise and facilities. The Center for Applied Energy Research each year sponsors seminars by distinguished experts on current scientific topics of interest to the academic and research communities.

Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments

With programs in research, education and industrial outreach, the Center brings together researchers with expertise in computer vision and image processing, data acquisition, graphics, human-computer interaction, multimedia, and teleconferencing and is dedicated to research and development of computer-generated immersive environments, ambient environments, dynamic scene acquisition and preservation, advanced telepresence and telecommunications, and visualization applications in areas such as education and training, medicine, manufacturing, security and daily life . Researchers are building state-of-the-art visualization and display environments for different applications. The research includes efficient 3D data acquisition and analysis and computer vision and graphics problems related to model acquisition and tracking of people and objects in order to populate and preserve realistic three-dimensional scenes.

Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing

The Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing (ISM) is a multi-disciplinary research unit within the College of Engineering. The ISM focuses on strategic areas of sustainable manufacturing, and its major activities are: (a)conducting academic research (basic and applied), (b) inventing and commercializing innovative products, processes and technologies, (c) transferring knowledge to industry through extension/outreach, and(d) supporting the graduate and undergraduate educational programs offered by the College and individual departments. Six major research areas of ISM are:
* Sustainable materials
* Sustainable product development
* Sustainable manufacturing processes
* Sustainable manufacturing systems
* Society, public policy and regulatory issues in sustainable manufacturing
* Economic analysis of sustainable products and processes

Institute of Research for Technology Development

The Institute of Research for Technology Development (IR4TD) addresses industry problems, with a goal of technology development, by conducting multi-disciplinary research, drawing on a wide array of technical and scientific fields.
IR4TD directly responds to industry's immediate and long-term needs for solutions to process problems and challenges. It is an outgrowth of the highly successful Painting Technology Consortium (PTC) which joined academic researchers and industrial resources to develop a new generation of energy efficient, environmentally friendly painting technology

Kentucky Transportation Center

Serving as the focal point in the state for interdisciplinary transportation research, the center works closely with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Federal Highway Administration, and various other private and governmental agencies to develop innovative technological advances in transportation. An ongoing technology-transfer program provides services to state and local governmental transportation agencies as well as the private sector through training programs, workshops, conferences, technical publications, and on-site consultation. The center's research capabilities span a wide range of areas with a major focus on applied research and problem solving for the Transportation Cabinet. Their areas of expertise include pavements, materials, structures, traffic/safety, geotech, construction management, environmental analysis, intelligent transportation systems, transportation planning, economics and finance, policy, and multimodal transportation. The center provides a myriad of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to benefit from hands-on experience addressing transportation issues.

Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute

The KWRRI is part of a national network of state water institutes which was created by Congress in 1964. The KWRRI stimulates and supports water research, education, and technology transfer by identifying current and emerging water issues for Kentucky and the nation. Institute research programs include the USGS 104(b) and 104(g) grant programs and the faculty proposal development program. Educational programs include am undergraduate student intern program and Environmental Protection Scholarships which support both undergraduate and graduate students with full scholarships in exchange for employment with the state upon graduation. The institute's technology-transfer activities include short courses, seminars and conferences, and distribution of research results. The KWRRI works closely with several Kentucky water related state agencies and NGOs such as the Kentucky Cabinet for Energy and Environment, the Kentucky River Authority, and the Kentucky Watershed Watch. In 2010, the KWRRI was designated by USEPA as a Center of Excellence for Watershed Management.