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Rochester Institute of Technology - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

A BS/MS program has been proposed in Biomedical Engineering/Science, Technology and Public Policy. There is not a formal graduate program in Biomedical Engineering. Faculty have been pursuing graduate level research by participating in the Doctoral Programs in Microsystems Engineering in the College of Engineering and Imaging Science in the College of Science. Topics of research can be categorized in terms of bioparticle manipulation in microfluidic devices, cell and tissue engineering and differentiation, biomedical signal analysis in the heart and hearing system, magnetic resonance imaging theory, processing algorithms and instrumentation, image assisted surgical guidance, physiological modeling and simulation.

Chemical Engineering

Our department offers a BS/MS degree in Chemical Engineering/Science, Technology, and Public Policy. Currently we do not have a graduate program in either chemical or biomedical engineering programs, but our faculty engage in graduate level research through post-doctoral fellows, the PhD in Engineering, and Microsystems PhD students. Research topics include application of nanotechnology in areas of energy storage, energy transmission, and bioseparations. Additionally, we focus on applications associated with gas hydrates, hydrodynamic stability, the coating of thin liquid films, biomedical and environmental Nanotechnology, self-assembly of nanomaterials, and bio-electrochemical processes.

Computer Engineering

The Computer Engineering Department offers a dual BS/MS degree in computer engineering and an MS degree in computer engineering. Research areas include digital systems design, computer architecture, high performance computing, reconfigurable and embedded systems, wireless networks, computer networks and security, digital image processing, control and computer vision systems.

Computer Science

The Computer Science program offers BS, MS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science. Research areas include vision, CS theory, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, pervasive and mobile computing, networking and distributed systems, and security.

Electrical & Microelectronic Engineering

The Electrical & Microelectronic Engineering Department offers MS and BS/MS degrees in electrical engineering, the MS in microelectronic engineering, and the ME in microelectronics manufacturing engineering. Research areas include digital systems; microprocessors/microcomputers; automated control systems; digital signal, image and video processing; E&M fields; communication systems; information systems; optics and optical systems; fuzzy and intelligent systems; biomedical devices; integrated electronics; CAD for electrical systems; analog and RF IC design; MEMS; robotics; semiconductor devices; semiconductor IC manufacturing; IC design (VLSI & analog); nanolithography; surface analysis; device test and evaluation; materials science.

Industrial & Systems Engineering

The Industrial & Systems Engineering Department offers an MS in industrial & systems engineering and an MS in sustainable engineering. Also offered are ME degrees in industrial & systems engineering, engineering management, and sustainable engineering; BS/MS and BS/ME are also available. Research areas include ergonomics, manufacturing, systems engineering, 3D printing / additive manufacturing, logistics, operations research, simulation, and sustainable design.

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering Department offers the MS, BS/MS, and BS/M Eng. degrees to students with a BS in mechanical engineering or related discipline. The department also offers a BS in MechE with an MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy. Research areas include healthcare systems, energy systems, thermo-fluid systems, microsystems, systems and controls, and transportation systems.

Microsystems Engineering

The Ph.D. program in Microsystems Engineering offers a multidisciplinary Ph.D. degree. Research areas include microsystems integration, micro-optic systems, photonics integrations, system on the chip, RF analog mixed signal microelectronics, microfluidics, microchannels, micropower, microfabrication, nanolithography, materials for microsystems, and Bio-MEMS.

Software Engineering

The Software Engineering Department offer the MS in software engineering, and a BS/MS degree in software engineering. Research areas include empirical software engineering particularly with studies mining software repositories, software testing, engineering of secure software, user-centered design and accessibility, decision support for environmental studies, data science for software engineering, engineering secured software systems, and software process particularly for computational software development.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Additive Manufacturing and Multi-Functional Printing (AMPrint) Center

The AMPrint Center conducts applied research pertaining to additive manufacturing in its different forms which include 3D printing and multi-functional printing. Research is conducted in three basic categories that include (1) design and synthesis of advanced functional materials: (2) development of novel additive manufacturing technologies; and (3) design of innovative devices and products that take advantage of unique capabilities of additive technologies. The Center's research is highly interdisciplinary and pulls together faculty and students from engineering, science, design, and business disciplines. Support for technology transfer and start-up company formation is provided through the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The AMPrint Center is operated under the New York State Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) program, and also receives considerable funding from federal and industry sources.

Center for Imaging Science

Within the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science are research and teaching laboratories dedicated to imaging science and imaging applications, including sensors, digital image processing, remote sensing, vision and perception, biomedical imaging, color science, printing, optics, astronomy, algorithm development, ancient document reconstruction, atmospheric monitoring, evironmental forecasting, disaster response, and nano-imaging. Degrees are offered at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.

Fuel Cell/Micro Channel Research

In this laboratory, fundamental studies on two-phase flow (liquid and gas) and water formation and transport within fuel cell channels are performed. Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells are being pursued by many automotive manufacturers as a viable option to replace the internal combustion engine. PEM fuel cells are supplied with hydrogen and oxygen, which react to form electricity with byproducts of heat and water. The goal in this lab is to gain a better understanding of the water that is formed during this reaction and the mechanisms for its removal from the cell. This work is being performed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The laboratory also engages in fundamental research related to boiling and micochannels. Single-phase and flow boiling in microchannels is investigated to undersatnd the fundamental phenomena at microscale and apply these findings in advanced high heat flux removal from IC chips. The work in the laboratory is funded by industry, state and federal sources. The lab places a heavy emphasis on educating undergraduate and graduate students.

Golisano Institute of Sustainability

The Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies provides technology and workforce development solutions that strengthen our industrial clients' ability to compete in the global marketplace. Our activities are focused on our mission: to increase the competitiveness of manufacturers through applied technology and training. Located on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology, our unique, world-class facility houses six research-focused business centers of excellence: National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, Systems Modernization and Sustainment Center, Center for Sustainable Production, Center for Sustainable Mobility, NYS Pollution Prevention Institute. In addition, CIMS provides outreach, direct assistance; and training with NYS companies though our Industrial Programs includes occupational safety/ergonomics and lean training, and product testing through the Imaging Products Laboratory.

NanoPower Research Lab

The NanoPower Research Labs (NPRL) at RIT are dedicated to the development of new materials and devices for power generation and storage for microelectronic components and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). The NPRL's focus is to develop the materials and devices that are compatible with the current needs of a wide variety of microsystem technologies by exploiting the potential opportunities afforded through nanostructured materials and nanotechnology. Examples of targeted technologies include carbon nanotubes for high-density storage in lithium ion batteries, semiconductor quantum dots for high-efficiency thin film solar cells, and nanotube doped polymeric films for microelectronic PEM fuel cells.