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University of New Hampshire - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical Engineering

Environmental engineering, bioengineering, corrosion engineering, fluid dynamics, hemorheology, materials engineering, polymers, electroplating, pollution prevention, air polution control, particle formation, radiative heat transfer, energy conservation, biomedical engineering, clean coal technology, nanoengineering.

Civil Engineering

Environmental engineering, structural/materials engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydrology and water resources engineering, systems analysis, engineering educational software.

Computer Science

bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, computer graphics and scientific visualization, database and knowledge base systems, operating systems and computer networks, parallel computing and compiler design, and theoretical computer science.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Our faculty and students work on research programs in computer networking, embedded computing, robotics and vibration control, digital signal processing, microelectronic design and testing, satellite instrumentation design, and biomedical instrumentation. All of these areas call for interdisciplinary approaches. Thus ECE faculty have developed strong ties with researchers in computer science, mechanical engineering, physics, kinesiology, occupational therapy, etc. at UNH and at other institutions.

Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has extensive experimental and computational facilities for graduate student research.
� The THERMAL SCIENCES LABORATORY has a subsonic wind tunnel, numerous circulating-water facilities, an engine testing facility, laser Doppler and hot-wire anemometry capabilities, and a complement of optical and image-processing tools for flow analysis.
� The MECHANICS LABORATORY has a full complement of accelerometers with charge amplifiers, digital strain indicators, switch and balance units, and a signal conditioning system for measuring dynamic strain, an optical vibrometer, a spectrum analyzer, shaker tables, and other tools for experimental mechanics. Digital oscilloscopes and computer data acquisition are also available.
� The MATERIALS LABORATORY has equipment for X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, optical microscopy, a servohydraulic mechanical testing machine, furnaces, metallographic specimen preparation equipment, a scanning probe microscope for the testing of nanoscale phenomena, XPS, and auger electron spectroscope.
� The OPTICS LABORATORY has a variety of lasers and image-processing equipment for field measurement in thermal-fluid sciences and mechanics.
� The DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING LABORATORY has Unix and PC workstations running modern CAD/CAM software,a 5-axis machining center with open architecture control, data acquisition system, and force dynamometer.
. The COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS LABORATORY has 2 SGI and 7 PC-based LINUX workstations, scanners and color printers. Available software includes several general-purpose finite element packages: MARC, ALGOR, Pro/Mechanica.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Biomedical Engineering Center

The Biomedical Engineering Center (BMC) is an umbrella organization that facilitates educational goals for undergraduate and graduate students. Funding through industry, government, and foundations allows students to participate in funded research and at the same time complete senior projects and theses. BMC also permits and facilitates consultation between agencies and faculty. Projects involve biomedical instrumentation, including electrosurgery, rehabilitation and engineering and physiology modeling. BMC also provides short courses and workshops. It is conducted primarily as part of the Electrical Engineering department.

Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping / Joint Hydrographic Center

The Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC) is a new cooperative effort between UNH and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Center will provide graduate, and eventually undergraduate, training in hydrography, leading to international certification useful for NOAA and other national agencies. The Center will also participate in the development of technology to insure data quality, data management, and enhance data visualization. These latter goals are the primary ones for a new UNH effort, the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM). CCOM will explore advanced technologies in mapping the ocean floor, working with industry, government, and other national agencies to provide new techniques for scientific exploration, industrial use, and environmental monitoring and regulation.
Faculty and students from Ocean Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Earth Sciences will join in this activity.

Center for Ocean Engineering

The Center for Ocean Engineering (COE) is an interdisciplinary organization whose members focus on the technology problems associated with working in the marine environment. Presently, the faculty and students are working in open ocean aquaculture, oil spill response technology, marine mammal bio-acoustics and hydrodynamic modeling of estuarine circulation and ocean mapping. COE oversees the undergraduate minor in OE and TECH 797, Undergraduate Ocean Research Projects course. COE is housed in the Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory. MSOE, Engineering Ph.D. Option (pending), MOSE Ocean Mapping Option.

Coastal Response Research Center

The CRRC partnership stimulates innovation in spill preparedness, response, assessment, and implementation of optimum spill recovery strategies. The primary purpose of the Center is to bring together the resources of a research-oriented university and the field expertise of OR&R to conduct and oversee basic and applied research, conduct outreach, and encourage strategic partnerships in spill response, assessment and restoration.

Design and Manufacturing Lab

The DML seeks to achieve excellence in research related to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining processes. Our goal is to create the knowledge infrastructure for a new generation of "Smart Machining Systems" capable of producing high quality machined parts in a reliable, robust and rapid fashion.

Environmental Research Group

The Environmental Research Group (ERG), affiliated with the Department of Civil Engineering, conducts applied and fundamental research in the areas of environmental engineering and environmental science. Particular emphasis is placed on technology development in the three areas of water treatment, groundwater remediation, and waste utilization in engineered systems. The group is made up of faculty members with research interests in biological and physiochemical treatment processes, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental chemistry and microbiology, hydrogeology, technology development, and waste minimization.
Undergraduate education, especially for CiE majors, is a strong component of ERG's mission. Over 125 undergraduates have found part-time work with ERG, which has led to especially well designed projects in the capstone design course, CiE 788.

Recyled Materials Resource Center

The Center has seven thrust areas:
(i) testing and evaluation guidelines and specifications; (ii) material specific research and development; (iii) economics of secondary materials;
(iv) new materials and innovative technologies; (v) field trials of secondary materials; (vi) technical services; and (vii) technology deployment and delivery, and training.

Stormwater Center

The UNH Stormwater Center studies stormwater-related water quality and quantity issues. One unique feature is the field facility to evaluate and verify the performance of stormwater management devices and technologies. Fifteen different management systems are currently undergoing side-by-side comparison testing under strictly controlled conditions.

Technology Transfer Center

The Technology Transfer Center (T2C) was established to provide the latest developments on highway research and technical information to local municipalities. Fundamental research projects deal with design of transportation structures (bridges, roads, composite materials, etc.), analysis of transportation structures, and development of new technologies. T2C is also significantly involved with the diffusion of transportation technology to public and private entities through the use of shortcourses, videos, computer programs, and conferences. It is supported by the Federal Highway Administration and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.
T2C provides CiE undergraduates with "real world" road-related engineering projects. For many students this has been an excellent source for projects in CiE 788, the capstone design course required of all CiE majors.