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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Research is available in the following areas: bioinstrumentation, biomechanics, ergonomics, bioprocessing and bioseparation, food processing and food safety, biological systems modeling, aquacultural engineering, urban stormwater management, agricultural water table management, ground water management, animal waste management, non-point source pollution, power and machinery, irrigation and drainage engineering, structures and environment, post harvest storage and processing, electrical and electronic systems, robotics, and machine vision.

Biomedical Engineering

Research is available in the following areas: biosensors, biomechanics, biomaterials, regenerative medicine, and bioMEMs, medical devices, systems biology, drug delivery, biomedical microdevices, medical imaging, pharmacoengineering, microfluidics and biofluid dynamics, radiation therapy, and rehabilitation engineering.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Graduate research covers a broad range of fundamental and applied topics in both traditional and emerging areas. Research opportunities exist in nearly every aspect of chemical engineering, including advanced electronic materials, biotechnology and biochemical engineering, catalysis, electrochemical engineering, industrial process innovation, polymer science and engineering, process design, statistical thermodynamics, and surface science.

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Currently, our department offers graduate programs with a specialization in Computing and Systems; Construction Engineering, Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering; Mechanics and Materials; Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Transportation Systems and Materials; and Water Resources, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering.

Computer Science

The faculty has broad-ranging research strengths that include Artificial Intelligence and Theory (Intelligent Agents, Machine Learning, Knowledge Representation, Planning, Natural Language Processing, Computational Economics and Management, Algorithms, Theory of Computation); Computational Applications and Analytics (Data Intensive Computing, Data driven discovery, Scientific Computing, Bioinformatics, Data/Text Mining, Information Visualization, HealthCare Information Technology, Data Science); Games, Interaction and Education Informatics (Games, Human-Computer Interaction, Graphics, Intelligent Tutoring, Undergraduate Education in Computing, Deep Learning); Security and Networks (Software, Network and Systems Security, Information Assurance, Privacy, Policies, Compliance, Performance, Cryptology); Software Engineering and Systems (Requirements, Formal Methods, Software and Security Reliability Engineering, Process and Methods, Programming Languages, Computer Architectures and Operating Systems, Databases, Embedded and Real-Time Systems, Parallel and Distributed Systems, High Performance Computing, Cloud Computing).

Dean's Office and Others

College-level research activities include renewable energy, minerals research, improved materials processing methods, engineering education, and educational assessment.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department offers the opportunity for study in a large variety of specialties and cross-disciplines. These include: advanced electronic materials processing, analog and mixed signal circuits, biomedical engineering, computer architecture, compiler optimization, communications, digital systems, lasers and electro-optical systems, micro- and nano-electronics, micromechanical machines, multichip modules, network engineering, computer networking, neural and fuzzy logic, power semiconductor devices, power systems and power electronics, quantum computing, RF, microwave and millimeter wave circuits and applied electromagnetics, signal and image processing, semiconductor device modeling and simulation, solid state devices, wireless communications.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Departmental research focuses on ergonomics, advanced manufacturing, production and service systems/logistics, and analytics/operations research. Research laboratories include the Computation, Health Systems Engineering, Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Systems and Automation, Additive Manufacturing, Metrology, Biomodeling, Medical Implants & Tissue Engineering, Engineering Living Tissue Systems Manufacturing, Biomechanics, Cognitive Ergonomics, Human-Computer Interaction, and Brain-Computer Interaction Laboratories. Additional research opportunities can be found in Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics and the Ergonomics Center of North Carolina, both affiliated with the department.

Integrated Manufacturing Systems

The IMSE Institute provides multidisciplinary graduate-level education and practical training opportunities in the theory and practice of computer integrated manufacturing systems. IMSE Institute focuses on providing a manufacturing presence and a program environment in the College of Engineering where faculty, graduate students, and industry can engage cooperatively in multi-disciplinary graduate education.

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials and materials limitations pervade all of the engineering and high technology fields that are an integral part of our society. Graduate programs in this department focus on understanding the structure, structure modification, processing, and properties of materials and the development of new or improved materials which are critical links between the design and the realization of new systems. Research activities span all classes of materials, including metallurgy, ceramics, polymers, biomaterials and composite materials, in bulk, thin film and nanoscale forms. Research involves high-resolution structural characterization, extensive property and materials behavior measurements, computation, and the synergistic collaborations between them. Material systems of interest encompass electronic, photonic, magnetic, structural and thermal behaviors, as well materials for energy, sensing, medical applications, as well as other key societal needs.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Mechanical Engineering: Master's and doctoral programs include acoustics, aerodynamics, CFD, composites, controls, structural dynamics, and structures, solid mechanics/materials, machine design, manufacturing, CAD, precision engineering and metrology, vibrations, smart structures and controls, robotics, adaptive control systems, energy system analysis, ultrasonic imaging, bio-mechanics, classical fluid mechanics and turbulence, bio-fluid mechanics and particle/fluid systems, porous media, classical heat transfer and combustion, optical diagnostics for combustion and heat transfer, alternative and renewable energy, heat transfer in electronic and semiconductor manufacturing, microscale and two-phase heat transfer.

Aerospace Engineering: Undergraduate and graduate research programs in aeronautics and astronautics. Research areas include subsonic through hypersonic aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, CFD, combustion, transition and turbulence, unmanned aerial systems, vehicle design, space systems, spacecraft dynamics, multifunctional materials, smart structures, composite structures, and autonomous systems. Experimental facilities include subsonic/supersonic wind tunnels, structural and materials testing, runways/fields for flight testing.

Nuclear Engineering

Departmental annual research funding exceeds $10,000,000, and every faculty member is currently associated with an externally funded program of research. Research groups such as Reactor Dynamics and Fuel Modeling Group (RDFMG), RADiation Interactions in Advanced Nuclear Technologies (RADIANT), Radiation Detection Applications in Nuclear Security (RADIANS), etc. are offering an ample opportunity for each graduate student to maintain close and informal association with their faculty advisor. The department's research interests cover a number of areas important for the development of nuclear science and energy including various aspects of fission power reactors, nuclear computational methods, and nuclear materials; radiation detection and its application in various industries; nuclear security; and plasma science and engineering applications. Facilities include the 1 MW PULSTAR reactor, soon to be uprated to 2 MW, radiation detection lab, specialized plasma generation and utilization labs, nuclear materials testing labs, and systems simulation lab with a Generic PWR Simulator. The Consortsium for Engineering Applications of Radioisotopes (CEAR), the local operations of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), and the NNSA-sponsored Consortium for Nonproliferation Capabilities (CNEC) are operated by the department.

Operations Research

Operations Research (OR) analysts are problem-solvers who use advanced techniques like optimization, data analytics, and statistical and mathematical analysis to develop solutions that help businesses and organizations in fields as varied as healthcare, transportation and global logistics, security and military science, and financial management, as well as most engineering disciplines. The Graduate Program in Operations Research offers master's and doctoral degrees and, reflecting the inherent interdisciplinary nature of OR, has faculty from five different Colleges and the Institute of Advanced Analytics.

Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science

The M.S. in textiles with a specialization in textile engineering and science program offers unique educational and research opportunities in fiber science and textile engineering. Fundamentals of physics, engineering, and mathematical sciences are applied to textile-related problems.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST)

The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) will develop and employ nano-enabled energy harvesting, energy storage, nanodevices and sensors to create innovative battery-free, body-powered, and wearable health monitoring systems. This center of excellence has been awarded to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for funding over the next five to ten years.

Use nanotechnology to improve global health by enabling correlation between personal health and personal environment and by empowering patients and doctors to manage wellness and improve quality of life.

The goal of NSF’s Engineering Research Center Program is to create a culture that links scientific discovery to technological innovation through transformational engineered systems research and education to advance technology. These centers make advances in technology and produce engineering graduates who will be creative innovators in a global economy.

NSF Nanosystems Engineering Centers are part of the National Nanotechnology Initiativeâ€" a government-wide activity designed to ensure that investments are made in a coordinated and timely manner and to accelerate the pace of revolutionary nanotechnology discoveries.

BTEC: Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC)

The Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center provides a unique pilot-scale, industry-informed, cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice) environment critical to developing a workforce proficient in the skills needed in the biomanufacturing industry. The mission of BTEC is to fuel prosperity by positioning North Carolina as a global leader in bioprocess education and biomanufacturing workforce development. Specifically, BTEC helps to attract new biomanufacturing companies to North Carolina; assist the development of new technologies for production of value-added biopharmaceuticals, protein-based products and chemicals from organisms, plants, cell cultures and other bio-based systems; and enhance the creation of rural biomanufacturing jobs and new agribusiness opportunities.

Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics (CDP)

The Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics (CDP) is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) that provides international leadership and trains next-generation scientists in the fundamental science and engineering that underpins dielectric and piezoelectric materials. The center supports industries based on capacitor and piezoelectric materials and devices through the development of new materials, processing strategies, electrical testing, nanoscale characterization and modeling methodologies.

Center for Educational Informatics (CoE)

The Center for Educational Informatics (CEI) designs, develops, and evaluates next-generation learning technologies. With a focus on personalized learning for K-12 STEM education, CEI creates adaptive learning technologies for classrooms, homes, and museums.
CEI projects range from foundational research on technology-enabled learning to creating innovative personalized learning technologies and investigating the impact of technology-rich learning at scale. With a portfolio of broadly interdisciplinary projects, CEI’s R&D program has the overarching objective of making transformative advances in technology-rich learning.

Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities and Structures (CNEFS)

The CNEFS is organized in the College of Engineering to perform research, educate students and disseminate knowledge for serving the nuclear power industry and the society world-wide. The Center is supported by member organizations and national labs. Its research and other activities make nuclear power cost effective while improving or maintaining public safety.

Ergonomics Center of North Carolina (The) (TECNC)

The Ergonomics Center of North Carolina (TECNC) is housed in the NC State Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and represents a collaboration with the NC Department of Labor. The primary goals of TECNC are to facilitate ergonomic technology transfer and information exchange between the University and industry and to improve productivity, safety and health of people in all sectors of business and industry, and government worldwide. TECNC emphasizes applied research to address complex industrial ergonomics needs, such as exposure risk root cause analysis. TECNC identifies cost-effective ways to prevent occupational musculoskeletal disorders, optimize human-machine systems design and operations, and maximize human-centric product designs. TECNC also addresses the educational mission of the University by supporting and involving graduate students in applied research projects and contract efforts with a range of clients.

FREEDM Center: Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems Center

The Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Center works to solve core issues related to the widespread adoption of distributed intermittent renewable energy in electric distribution systems to evaluate newly developed solutions and fill in critical gaps through enabling and fundamental research, cutting edge education programs, and industry partnerships. The center has formed several critical demonstration testbeds such as the 1MW/12kV Green Energy Hub, which allows for lab implementation and evaluation of center developed solutions. The testbeds are utilized for demonstrating the connection of renewable electric energy in a network utilizing revolutionary power electronics technologies, and intelligent controls and communications. The infrastructure allows plug and play of any distributed renewable energy resource such as wind, solar, or geothermal generation component, or distributed energy storage devices such as battery storage, fuel cell or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, anywhere and anytime; manage these resources through distributed grid intelligence software; provide a secure and reliable communication infrastructure backbone parallel to the electric energy network infrastructure.

Institute for NEXT Generation IT Systems (ITNG)

The Center's mission is to carry out basic and applied research on fundamental problems with both industrial and academic relevance, to transfer these results to our members, and to provide our students with a unique and challenging educational opportunity. Our research goal is to create concepts, methods, and tools for use in the analysis, design and implementation of advanced Information Technology systems.

North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC)

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center serves as the lead agency in North Carolina responsible for clean energy education, training, technical assistance, research and information. The Center provides a wide variety of workshops, seminars and services to serve the needs of professionals, utilities, government agencies, industry, educators, students and the general public.

Nuclear Reactor Program (NRP)

The mission of the Nuclear Reactor Program (NRP) is to enhance, promote, and utilize the 1-MW PULSTAR research reactor and associated facilities in an exemplary manner, leading to national recognition as a premier reactor dedicated to research, education, and community service. The PULSTAR reactor facility is available for use by students, staff and faculty at academic institutions, governmental organizations and industry in the State of North Carolina and the Nation. Capabilities include neutron activation analysis, radioisotope production, low-level radiation measurements, irradiation materials testing, neutron imaging, neutron scattering, and positron annihilation spectrometry.