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Louisiana State University - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biological Engineering

Water Resources, soil erosion, watershed hydrology, structures and environment, climate change, instrumentation, value added processing, computer based decision support systems.

Chemical Engineering

High pressure systems, computer-aided design, control and simulation, reactor engineering, pollution control, optimization of processes for waste minimization, advanced alloy and composite materials, transport phenomena in the environment, separation processes, catalysis, contaminated sediment management, porous media transport and reaction, surface chemistry.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Behavior of materials, hydrologic systems modeling, structural engineering and failure analysis, digital imaging of geomaterials, hurricane engineering, structural performance evaluation, fate and transport of hazardous substances, waste site remediation technology, wave mechanics and fluid-structure interactions, intelligent transportation systems, characterization of transportation materials, wetlands, industrial waste stabilization and reuse, physical-chemical-biological treatment processes, strain behavior of materials, multiphase flow.

Computer Science and Engineering

Theoretical Foundations

Theoretical foundations of Computer Science and Engineering include mathematically provable design of computer systems and methods. Theoretical analysis is important in proving correctness of computer systems.

Systems and Architecture

All aspects of computer systems have seen rapid advances in recent years and are still evolving. This makes major impacts on diverse demanding applications of computers spanning from micro-scale engineering applications to large-scale scientific applications.

Databases and Data Analytics

In today's world, data is multimodal, ubiquitous, and overwhelming. It is a great challenge to go from data to information, then to knowledge and actionable intelligence. The area of databases and data analytics addresses this challenge.


From managing bank transactions to controlling the space shuttle and pacemakers, software is everywhere. Today's software systems need to interact with the physical world, communicate through networks, and make decisions in real time in uncertain environments.

Computational Science

Over the last decade, computational science (aka scientific computing) has taken an increased significance in all areas of science and engineering, and beyond. In fact, computation has grown into an effective and efficient approach, which complements and bridges traditional theoretic and experimental approaches.

Digital Media

In its "Strategy for the Future", noting both global trends and state investments and strengths, Louisiana's Department of Economic Development (LED) identifies next generation digital media / software development as its first of six themes.

Construction Management

Nano-particles to sustainability to hurricane resistant structures.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Signal & image processing, robust control, semiconductors, MEMS, BioMEMs, nanoscale/smart sensors, optical nets, wireless comm., electromechanical energy, network security, computer architecture, low power VLSI, hardened circuits, speech processing.

Engineering Science

The Engineering Science program offers interdiscipinary degrees, both at the MS and the PHD, drawing on any faculty members from the College as well as faculty from outside the college.

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Mechanical Engineering: Laser diagnostics, heat transfer systems, turbine combustion/cooling, robotics, turbomachinery, composite materials, multiphase flow, fluid dynamics and combustion, microstructures and devices, tribology, machinery performance analysis, repair of composite structures, corrosion, nanocomposite materials, interfacial materials, biomechanics, composite piping materials, joining technology, vibration, fracture mechanics, microsensors and microactuators.

Industrial Engineering: Supply Chain, logistics, operations research, human computer interaction, human factors and ergonomics, and information technology.

Petroleum Engineering

Improved gas and oil recovery, reservoir, drilling and production engineering, bit performance, well control, logging technology, petrophysics, well design, reservoir characterization, modeling, environmental aspects, drilling fluids.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Advanced Computational Solid Mechanics Lab

The Computational Solid Mechanics (CSM) Lab promotes research in materials science at LSU and in conjunction with other research facilities and teams around the world. By specializing in numerical analysis and experimentation at the nanoscale, CSM pioneers the advancement of knowledge in this emerging area of science.

Center for GeoInformatics (C4G)

The Center for GeoInformatics focuses on the massive subsidence of Louisiana's coast. Subsidence is the underlying culprit behind significant environmental problems. Subsidence is also disturbing the system of reference markers we use for the elevations of levees, evacuation routes, coastal restoration efforts, etc. To address these problems, the C4G at LSU, in cooperation with NGS, has created the Louisiana Spatial Reference Center (LSRC). LSRC is building a state-wide network of high precision GPS receivers, termed GULFNET, to re-establish the official federal reference system in LA. The system is focused on pinpointing the location of subsidence and measuring exactly how fast the coast is sinking, providing needed information to support coastal restoration efforts. C4G is involved in referencing elevations in and around New Orleans, assisting with proper levels for levee reconstruction following hurricanes in 2005.

Center for Rotating Machinery

The Center for Rotating Machinery (CeRoM) integrates microfabrication, materials, tribology, advanced sensing technology, & mechanical systems analysis to enhance the performance of traditional machine components & systems. One innovation of CeRoM is integration of microfabricated structures into macro-components & macro-machines for superior performance and longevity.

Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency

The Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency addresses the critical need for new methods and technologies in emergency and resilient transportation planning and implementation. Disaster response and evacuation, resiliency, and special event transportation operations are vital to the national interest, and impact the lives and safety of the public. The Center, a collaborative partnership between LSU and the University of New Orleans, utilizes the diverse expertise and resources to solve disaster related situations that confront the Gulf Coast region and Louisiana through theoretical and applied research activities. It is expected that researchers from other areas of the country will also join in these efforts. An immediate goal of the Center is to support innovative research within the collaborating universities while stimulating student interest and involvement in transportation. Long term, it is expected that the knowledge created by Center activities will lead to fundamentally new methods and systems for moving people, vehicles, and goods under normal and adverse conditions.

Hazardous Substance Research Center

The Hazardous Substance Research Center/South and Southwest was established by the U.S. EPA in October, 1991. The Center is a consortium of LSU as the lead, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, University of Texas, and Rice U. Research focuses on the management of hazardous substances in contaminated sediment and dredged material. More information can be found at

Louisiana Transportation Research Center

The Louisiana Transportation Research Center is a cooperative research and technology transfer center jointly sponsored by the Department of Transportation and Development and LSU. The primary focus of the Center is development of research programs in transportation systems and transportation planning. Its faculty and professional staff of approximately forty are currently engaged in research that receives research support in excess of $6 million/year. Direct collaboration with the College of Engineering involves numerous faculty in several departments.

Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute

The Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute addresses priority water resources problem areas including identification & mitigation of non-point source pollution, identification of total maximum daily pollutant loads in water bodies, and development of technologies for treatment of storm water and contaminated groundwater in coastal areas. The Institute is a multidisciplinary center for addressing water issues in the state, drawing on faculty from multiple departments and Universities.

National Center for Advanced Manufacturing

The National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM), located at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, is home to the partnership between NASA, the State of Louisiana, Louisiana State University, the University of New Orleans (UNO) and the UNO Research and Technology Foundation.

NCAM, originally formed in 1999, is a state of the art research and production center focused on applying advanced manufacturing technologies to lightweight composite and metallic materials in support of the NASA space program and adjacent industries.

Turbine Innovation & Energy Research Center

The Turbine Innovation and Energy Research (TIER) Center is dedicated to the development of improved gas turbine systems for military and commercial airplanes, and used for power generation. The primary mission of TIER is to enhance the understanding of flow, heat transfer and combustion in gas turbines, and propose innovative solutions for improved design, performance and reliability. Of specific interest are land-based power generation and co-generation systems using gas turbines, and the development of knowledge base and tools to enable low-cost, low-pollution power for the nation's industries. TIER investigators were recently awarded an NSF IGERT award in Computational Fluid Dynamics.