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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biology & Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering combines the mathematical skills, physical science knowledge, and analytical ability of the engineer with the life scientist's knowledge and understanding of biology. Biomedical engineers apply engineering principles to solve medical and biological problems.

Chemical Engineering

The chemical engineering master's program offers a unique opportunity for an individual to broaden and enhance his or her undergraduate training with concentrated study in a specialized area of research, including interfacial phenomena and materials, process control, biochemical engineering, biomaterials, reactor engineering, petrochemical processes, process systems, thermodynamics, particle technology and separations.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

This program has been designed to build upon a student's undergraduate background and provide additional depth and breadth in the challenging and versatile profession of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Topics for thesis research could come from areas such as structural mechanics and geotechnical engineering (including finite element analysis, concrete crack propagation, sustainable geosystems, and engineering forensics) in civil engineering and water treatment, wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution, and stream restoration in environmental engineering.

Computer Science and Software Engineering

This program is not research based.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Graduate education in electrical engineering combines the mathematical and the physical, engineering, and computer sciences to meet the demands of this highly volatile field. Programs of study are arranged on an individualized basis through joint agreement between student, his/her advisory committee chairperson, and his/her advisory committee. In every case the program seeks to build on the basic foundations established by the undergraduate course of study. The graduate plan may reflect a specialized interest or a desire for a better understanding of the broad underlying theories of the profession.

Engineering Management

Graduate study in Engineering Management provides a venue for students to heighten their talent for developing and driving innovative business solutions as a technical manager. This includes the study of organizational, business, legal and system integration issues within the practice of the engineering profession. The program allows students to build upon an undergraduate STEM education and enables them be technical leaders and decision makers within the organizations they serve.

Mechanical Engineering

Options of study are available in Power/Energy, Applied Mechanics, and Design. In addition to courses in engineering, technical electives may be chosen from a variety offered in mathematics, physics and chemistry. Topics for thesis research could come from areas such as heat transfer, corrosion, thermodynamics, IC engines, robotics, experimental stress analysis, finite element analysis, noise and vibration control, aerodynamics, design optimization, analytical mechanics.

Physics and Optical Engineering

The master's degree in Optical Engineering prepares students for jobs in industry and academia. A bachelor's degree in science or engineering is required for admission to this program. The program of study includes five required courses in optical engineering, four elective courses, a thesis project and a comprehensive oral exam. The thesis topic will address a problem that is of mutual interest to the student, the faculty adviser, and industry in some cases. Normally it takes a student 15 months (four quarters plus a summer) to complete the requirements for the M.S. (optical engineering) degree. Master's students can gain vital experience by assisting with projects at the Center for Applied Optics Studies (CAOS) in topics related to Lasers, Optical Metrology, Biophotonics, Fiber and Integrated Optics, Non-linear Optics, and Nanophotonics, among others.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Applied Optics Studies

The Center serves as a high-technology resource service for business, industry, and government. In a world where optical devices are being used for fiber-optic communications, machine vision, manufacturing, medicine, high-speed devices, variety of sensors, data storage and processing and countless other applications, the Center works to identify and implement new, practical uses for optics. A few of the Center's specialty areas include non-destructive testing, fiber optic component/system testing, surface roughness measurement, computer-aided optical system design, measurements using lasers, image enhancement, remote sensing, sensing devices, optical MEMS, optical interconnects, RF photonics and ultra-short pulse laser applications.

Guidant/Eli Lilly & Co. Applied Life Sciences Research Center

The Center was formed in response to the need for applying advanced new technologies from engineering and the biological sciences in developing tomorrow's effective and efficient health care solutions. The Center assists Rose-Hulman in providing more interdisciplinary opportunities for faculty and students to work together on state-of-the-art projects similar to activities occurring in life science-related industries. ALS Research Center Goals are to introduce undergraduate students to biological and biomedical research; perform high-quality research to prepare graduate students for careers in biological and biomedical engineering; establish new contacts between Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and biomedical and health care industries; and perform high-quality research in cooperation with industry in order to provide solutions to problems requiring time or expertise not available to its permanent staff.

Micro-Nanoscale Devices and Systems (MiNDS) Facility

The focus of micro-nanofabrication at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is to create an interdisciplinary resource for design innovations, fabrication, characterization of micro/nanoscale devices, and to foster interaction, cooperation, and collaboration with industry and academics.
The MiNDS group is truly a multi-disciplinary group having fourteen faculty from six academic departments who are involved in various aspects of MEMS teaching and research. The MiNDS group has several active ongoing research projects. Among these topics are optical MEMS, nanomedicine, plasmonic devices, multiple quantum-well structures, high power VCSELs, optical interconnects, metamaterial-inspired structures, self-assembly of polystyrene spheres, microscale lab-on-a-chip; nanoparticles and nanowires, nanomagnetics, and shape memory alloy based MEMS actuation. The cleanrooms have capabilities that include oxidation and diffusion furnaces, electron-beam evaporator, XeF2 silicon etcher, three-gun sputtering system, wet-etch benches, nanoparticle generator, plasma asher, spinner, critical-point dry, and state-of-the-art photolithography. Our testing and characterization capabilities include an SEM, Micromanipulator probe stations, thin film measurement system, four-point probe, optical microscopes, ellipsometer, and an AFM /STM.

W. M. Keck Foundation Imaging Systems Laboratory

Imaging has numerous applications. For example, it is used to visualize experimental data; to non-invasively explore the human body (e.g. ultrasound, X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging); to measure and reconstruct 3D objects (e.g. buildings); to visually guide autonomous vehicles; and for entertainment (e.g. movies and games). The Imaging Systems Lab provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in all areas of imaging including computer graphics, computer vision, optical imaging and filtering, image processing, and pattern recognition. The laboratory's goals are to provide high quality opportunities for students to work on imaging projects; educate students in the various aspects of imaging; establish links between Rose-Hulman and companies that have a need for imaging-based solutions; and provide industry with solutions to imaging problems.