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University of Nevada, Reno - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Chemical reactor design, biomedical devices, aerospace, fuel cells, microprocessor design, self-assembling chemicals, renewable energy, biotechnology, groundwater contamination, waste containment, nuclear materials, corrosion, microbial fuels

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Semiconductors, biomaterials, nanotechnology, metal and alloy production, composite materials, aerospace materials, extraction and processing of materials

Civil and Environmental Engineering

structural engineering for extreme events; intelligent transportation systems; geotechnical design and construction; pavement materials, rehabilitation, and maintenance; water treatment, reclamation, and environmental sustainability.

Computer Science and Engineering

Image Processing, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Evolutionary Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Socially Assistive Robots, Software Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Embedded Systems, Accessibility, Games, Serious Games, Virtual Worlds, Human Navigation, Visually Impaired Multimodal Feedback, Haptics, Computer Networks, Complex Networks, Network Security, Network Economics, Free-Space Optical and Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks, Peer-to-Peer, Protocol Design, Social and Biological Networks, Internet Measurements, Parallel Computing, Cortical Simulation, Computer Graphics, Scientific Visualization, Virtual Reality, Theory of Computation, Wireless Networking and Mobile Computing, Dynamic Spectrum Access, Cognitive Radio,

Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

Biosensor, Biomechanics, Biomechanics of Sports Equipment, Biomedical Imaging, Biomedical Instrumentation, Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on biological systems, Image Processing

Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

Electroacoustics, Sensors Telemetry, RF & Microwave Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Power Systems, Signal Processing, Control Systems, Digital Signal Processing, Radar Electronics, Biomedical Instrumentation, Communications and Networks, Optical Sensors, Optical Networks, Optical Communications & Engineering, Photogrammetry, Wireless Sensor Networks, Power Electronics, Electric Drives, Renewable Energy, Distributed Generation, Smart Grid

Mechanical Engineering

Heat trasfer enhancement, Geothermal & solar energy, Energy conservation, Solid mechanics, Composite materials, Electronics packaging, Thermodynamic systems, Biofluid dynamics, Fire safety-Nuclear waste safety, Pulmonary mechanics, Robotics (UAS)

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Advanced Technology in Bridges and Infrastructure

The mission of CATBI is to foster broad mechanism and infrastructure for research, development, adoption, and widespread field implementation of advanced technologies and materials in bridges and other civil infrastructure systems. CATBI accomplishes its mission by conducting and directing research and holding periodic meetings of different stakeholders that include researchers, technology industries, public officials, practicing engineers, and construction industries. The current research projects in the Center are funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), the Federal Highway Administration, the California Department of Transportation, and the Washington State Department of Transportation. The Center website is at

Center for Advanced Transportation Education and Research

The Center for Advanced Transportation Education and Research (CATER) ( was established in 2010. The theme is development of efficient, sustainable, and environmentally friendly transportation systems. The vision is to become a focal research and education center in the desert southwest region (primarily covering Nevada, California, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico) that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration in applied transportation research. The mission is to develop operationally efficient, economically sustainable, and environmentally friendly transportation systems for the state of Nevada, the desert southwest region, and the United States; educate the next-generation of transportation professionals equipped with advanced technical skills and strong professional motivations. CATER also hosts a Tier 1 University Transportation Center funded by the US DOT.

Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research

The mission of the Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research (CCEER), housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the College of Engineering, is to provide an organizational structure for conducting earthquake engineering research and develop and conduct short courses and seminars for the benefit of the earthquake engineering community and public alike. The Center publishes the results of its research in a series of technical reports. Principal research laboratories under the umbrella of the Center include the Advanced Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory and the Large-Scale Structures Laboratory, which is a member of the NSF-funded Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) and a NEES Equipment Site.

Cybersecurity Center

The Cybersecurity Center is a collaborative initiative which was established to bring together faculty from different fields, including the Colleges of Engineering, Business, Liberal Arts, and the School of Journalism, in order to address the cyber-security challenge by following an interdisciplinary approach. The mission of the center is to support and promote cybersecurity education, high quality research, workforce development, and economic development. Among the priorities of the center are to establish an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in cybersecurity and an undergraduate minor in cybersecurity. Currently, there are several educational/research collaborations involving faculty from Computer Science and Engineering, Information Systems, Political Science, Criminal Studies, Psychology, and Journalism. The Center also collaborates with local industry, state agencies and law enforcement in an effort provide real-world opportunities to faculty and students involved in cybersecurity.

Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center

The Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center (NAASIC) at the University of Nevada, Reno focuses on creating unique industry-university partnerships (driven by industry needs and regional and national priorities) that lead to commercialization of technologies in autonomous systems, including industrial robots, advanced manufacturing systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (e.g., “drones”), driver-less road vehicles, and underwater robots. The Center will interface with the Entrepreneurship Program of the University of Nevada, Reno, the Nevada Technology Transfer Office, the Nevada Small Business Development Center, and Nevada Industry Excellence. Key personnel include A Business Director, Technical Director, Administrative Assistant, full-time Engineer, Instrumentation Technician, an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR), a Grant Writer, Office of Sponsored Projects (OSPA) Grant Analyst, and five Thrust Area Leaders. These leaders will come from current University staff and consist of : 1. Controls and Systems Leader 2. Computing, Sensing, and Communications Systems Leader 3. Advanced Manufacturing-3D Printing Leader 4. Applications Leader 5. Educational Leader.

Nevada Institute for Sustainability

NVIS will focus on transforming energy through research, education and industrial partnership. NVIS will include faculty members from various departments at UNR and partner with members from National laboratories, other institutions and industry to ensure that the cutting-edge research and education programs are both relevant and globally-competitive.

Western Regional Superpave Center

The Western Regional Superpave Center (WRSC) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of five centers established by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide technical leadership and assistance to ensure proper implementation of Superpave technology for asphalt pavements ( The WRSC conducts national and regional research and development activities in the area of pavements and materials. The WRSC research is funded by federal and state agencies and private industry. The WRSC is fully equipped with $2.5+ million dollars’ worth of state-of-the-art equipment to evaluate the strength and performance properties of asphalt materials. The WRSC also conduct training workshops to engineers and technicians in materials and pavement engineering. The WRSC activities are conducted by full-time researchers and graduate students at both the Master and Doctoral levels.