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University of Maryland, College Park - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Aerospace Engineering

The department of Aerospace Engineering has significant research programs in space systems; dynamics and control; composite materials and structures; smart structures; rotorcraft aerodynamics, dynamics, structures, and flight mechanics; and hypersonic research for the study of very high speed flight. The department is home to the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center for Excellence in Research and Education which has major projects in helicopter aerodynamics, flight mechanics, computational fluid dynamics, etc. The department also houses the Space System laboratory which is involved in a number of research areas vital to the nation�s space program, including the utilization of robotic repair of the Hubble Space Telescope. The department also has a NASA/Air Force Funded Space Vehicle Technology Institute (SVTI) looking at the next generation of space vehicle technology that would enable NASA's space exploration missions. The newest MURI within the department is aimed at developing the next generation of actuator and sensor materials basedon galfenol, and faculty within department continue to develop revolutionary concepts associated with hovering micro air vehicles and morhing UAV aircraft technologies. Our strong connections with NASA, DoD and industry allow students a variety of opportunities to participate in cutting edge research.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering has significant research programs in aerosol science, biochemical engineering, multiphase flow and mixing, chemical process systems engineering, polymer science and engineering, and thermodynamics and thermo-physical properties. A particular strength of the department is its research program in biochemical engineering, with a focus on bioreactors using a Bioprocess Scale-Up Facility.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil engineering research is often directly transferable to industry and
government, and many of Maryland's research programs provide valuable
service to government and industry. Research projects of national
consequence are being conducted in
transportation systems management, traffic control and congestion
management, freight transportation and logistics, hazardous chemical and
waste disposal, engineering project management and construction automation,
fatigue and fracture mechanics, structural failures, geotechnical and
geoenvironmental engineering, water policy, water resources engineering and management, hydrology, and pavements.

Computer Science

At the graduate level, computer science has seven well established research groups in the areas of: artificial intelligence, computer systems, computer vision/geometric computing, database systems, programming languages/software engineering, scientific computing, theory of computing, and bio-computation.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The department�s research activities can be divided into two broad areas: information sciences and systems and electronic sciences and devices. The former includes communications, signal processing, computer engineering, and controls. The later includes electrophysics, optoelectronics, and microelectronics. The department has added significantly to its research programs in computer engineering, especially in Computer Architectures and in Embedded Systems. In addition, there are strong emphases on nanotechnology and on biological and biologically-inspired systems.

Fire Protection Engineering

Research in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering falls into the following areas: flammability assessment, advanced fire detection and suppression technologies, enclosure fire modeling, smoke management, fire in microgravity, fire gases and the environment, fire codes and standards, and fire safety regulation. For more information, refer to our web site

Fischell Department of Bioengineering

Our objective is to marry the principles and applications embedded
wthin engineering with the sciences of biology, medicine, and health. It is our belief that developments at the interface of biology and engineering will advance the efficacy of health care by developing new paradigms for the diagnosis of disease, and the development and delivery of new therapeutics. Our bioengineering students will gain the knowledge base and skill sets to quantitatively measure, and rationally manipulate cells, tissues, and integrated systems. Bioengineers must bring problem solving skills and design methodologies to the study of biology in an effort to translate the biological sciences into medical practice in an analogous manner to the transformation of chemistry into industrial practice that occurred in
the 20th century.

Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is active in crossdisciplinary materials research addressing emerging technology issues with a particular emphasis on intelligent processing, diagnostics, manufacturing and radiation engineering of materials. The Department investigates the science and processing of a range of materials including electronic materials, organic materials, biomaterials, ceramics and multifunctional materials. Emerging areas of research include plasma processing of materials and combinatorial materials science. Notable centers and laboratories include: the Keck Laboratory for Combinatorial Nanosynthesis and Multiscale Characterization, the Laboratory for Radiation and Polymer Science; the Functional Macromolecular Engineering Laboratory; the Modern Engineering Materials Instructional Lab, the Failure Analysis Laboratory; and the Nanoscale Imaging and Spectroscopy Lab. For more information see the website:

Mechanical Engineering

Research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering falls into four main areas: experimental and computational fluid dynamics, solid mechanics, energy conversion and manufacturing. Additional emphasis is placed on new and emerging technologies such as computer-aided manufacturing, smart structures and advanced vehicle design.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

IREAP, Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics

The Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP) is a joint institute of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. IREAP's mission is to advance modern science through research and educational programs that are interdisciplinary between physical science and engineering. The flow of knowledge between basic science and engineering at IREAP is bidirectional:
we apply our basic science skills to problems of practical importance, and we apply our engineering skills to aid fundamental scientific investigations. IREAP is recognized internationally as a leading university research center in the following areas of research: nonlinear dynamics (chaos), fusion energy, astrophysical plasmas, biophysics, microwave electronics, high brightness charged particle beams, laser-plasma interactions, ion beam microfabrication techniques, and plasma and microwave processing of advanced materials. IREAP houses the Maryland Nanocenter, with a large cleanroom fabrication and characterization facility. Further information can be found on our web site

ISR, Institute for Systems Research

ISR research develops the fundamental knowledge and tools needed for the integrating of heterogeneous systems. Strategic thrusts are in intelligent control systems, intelligent signal processing and global communication, systems integration methodology, manufactoring systems, societal infrastructure and systems engineering methodology and education.

MTECH, Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute

Promotes joint research with industry in all engineering disciplines. Major programs include start- up company formation, research partnerships with industry, industrial extension focused on manufacturers, and technology entrepreneurship instruction for students and faculty.

UMIACS, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

The University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) is a research unit whose mission is to foster interdisciplinary research in computing at the College Park campus. The Institute's research programs are lead by distinguished faculty with joint appointments in the departments of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Linguistics, Business and Management, Philospy and Education.

Major research activities are conducted thru the Center for Automation Research (CfAR), and a number of state-of-the-art laboratories including the Laboratory for Parellel Computation, the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL), Language and Media Processing (LAMP), and the Multimedia Systems Laboratory. The institute's environment is enriched by a strong outreach program that includes partnerships with industry and government laboratories on focused research projects and the organization of seminars and workshops in emerging technology areas.