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NYU Tandon School of Engineering - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical and Biological Engineering

To face the demands and challenges in modern industry, the Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Materials Science Departments at Polytechnic University have joined their forces to form a single, multidisciplinary department. We now offer educational and research programs that fulfill the present trends with novel molecules, advanced properties and processes, and high quality optimization. Our programs rely strongly on our reputation in polymeric materials.

Civil Engineering

The Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty actively participate in scholarly research activities. This helps us to be up-to-date in our areas of expertise and to incorporate research in teaching. Through research, we contribute to finding better ways of developing and managing our vital civil infrastructure systems, including transportation, water supply/distribution, and waste disposal.

Research is typically undertaken through the Transportation Research Institute (TRI), the Urban ITS Center (UITSC), the Urban Utilities Center (UUC), and the Center for Construction Management Technology (CCMT). There are opportunities for students to join research teams in all the specialty areas of the Department, and all regular faculty are involved in research.

Computer Science and Engineering

The department faculty is involved in
research at the frontiers of many key areas of computer science. Current research includes the analysis and development of data mining, highly efficient Internet search engines, imaging, very large database systems, security with digital watermarking,
advanced algorithms, interactive
graphics and high performance networks.
Major research foci are in distributed systems, media systems and software engineering. Application of the research is in all business areas such as finance, transportation, education, government, entertainment and telecommunications. Software and the intelligence developed for these areas are growing rapidly and is a major challenge in computer science.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Polytechnic University has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, starting with the inception of the EE programs at

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Mechanical, aerospace, and manufacturing engineers design and build the modern products and processes that the society needs. The wide range of dynamic and continually evolving areas where such engineers are the prime movers include bioengineering, energy systems, aircraft, aerospace, environmental engineering, controls for mechanical systems, mechanical-electrical devices, automobiles, materials engineering, automated manufacturing, structural engineering, robotic systems, fluidic systems and devices, production planning and control, combustion processes and systems, and others too numerous to list. The diversity and multi-dimensionality of this modern engineering profession that designs and manufactures complex modern products requires a sophisticated educational background that spans fundamental understanding of the underlying science, the design methodology, manufacturing processes, methods and techniques, and economic and industrial implications. The department offers a comprehensive array of programs and courses that address each facet of this exciting profession. These are discussed in the following paragraph and in the individual sections related to the mechanical, aerospace, industrial and manufacturing engineering programs.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Applied Dynamics & Optimization Laboratory

The areas of expertise of the Applied Dynamics and Optimization Laboratory include dynamic modeling, optimization, motion generation, and control of multibody systems. The lab's main interest is to analyze the motion and the mechanics of moving systems, to develop the way the systems are designed and controlled, and to realize the physical concepts in the real world. This includes both mechanical (e.g., robots, construction machinery, mechanism components) and biological systems (e.g., humans, animals, insects).

Applied Micro Bioengineering Laboratory

Many exciting topics exist at the interface between biology and micro/nanotechnology. Taking advantage of state-of-art nanotechnologies and fabricating fascinating functional biomaterials and integrated biosystems, we can address numerous important problems in fundamental biology as well as clinical applications in disease diagnosis and treatment. Our research is mainly focusing on interdisciplinary researches that leveraging the engineering advances in biomaterials, microfluidics and advanced manufacturing for new and better solutions for emerging problems in cancer biology, systems immunology, and stem cell-based regenerative medicine.

Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications

The center was created in 1983 as one of the State of New York's four original Centers for Advanced Technology. The CATT continues to maintain as its mission, technology transfer in the areas of telecommunications and distributed information systems. The CATT houses 30 experts who work in cooperation with telecommunication-provider and telecommunication-user businesses in the areas of networking, distributed information systems, imaging and wireless communications.

Center for Construction Management Innovation

The primary mission of the Center is to employ teaching and research to further develop world-class expertise in Fully-Integrated and Automated Project Process 9FIAPP), and to promote the applications of FIAPP to building, process and infrastructure construction projects in the New York region and beyond.

Center for Cyber Security System

The NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to training the next generation of cyber security professionals and to shaping the public discourse and policy landscape on issues of technology and security. The Center is a collaboration among NYU School of Law, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and other NYU schools and departments. The Center has physical locations in New York City and at NYU’s campus in Abu Dhabi, as well as a network of scholars and practitioners in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America.

Center for Urban Science & Progress

For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas; in just a few more decades, the world's population will exceed 9 billion, 70 percent of whom will live in cities. Enabling those cities to deliver services effectively, efficiently, and sustainably while keeping their citizens safe, healthy, prosperous, and well-informed will be among the most important undertakings in this century.
CUSP will tackle these urban challenges and set the research agenda on the science of cities, educating the next generation of engineers in how to apply that research, bringing innovative ideas to a world market, and creating a new, fast-growing, and indispensible industry"along with the many jobs that go with it.

Composite Materials & Mechanics Laboratory

CMML focuses on research related to lightweight highly damage tolerant materials and aims at understanding the fundamental role of porosity in materials. The specialty of the lab is in the area of hollow particle filled composites called syntactic foams and in dynamic characterization of materials. CMML has been working on polymer and metal matrix syntactic foams for civilian and military automotive applications that are exposed to dynamic loading conditions. The other areas of interest to CMML are additive manufacturing and sensors for structural health monitoring. The laboratory is directed by Dr. Nikhil Gupta in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.


CRISSP combines security technology strengths with experts in psychology, law, public policy, and business from NYU. The goal of this center is to build new approaches to security and privacy that recognize that technology alone cannot provide the information security and privacy needed in today’s interconnected world. The center is founded by Anindya Ghose (NYU Stern), Ramesh Karri (NYU Tandon), Nasir Memon (NYU Tandon), Helen Nissenbaum (NYU Steinhardt), and Rae Zimmerman (NYU Wagner).

Dynamical Systems Laboratory

The Dynamical Systems Laboratory conducts fundamental research in the broad field of modeling and control of complex systems with specialized expertise in multiphysics modeling and marine applications of advanced/multifunctional materials. Activities span applied mathematics, design and fabrication of novel hardware, and advanced computation and experimentation.

Future Building Informatics and Visualization Lab

The Future Building Informatics and Visualization Lab (biLAB) is part of the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. It focuses on understanding the operational challenges associated with construction and operation of facilities and infrastructure systems in urban settings.

Game Innovation Lab, MAGNET

The Game Innovation Lab brings together faculty and students from the School of Engineering and the greater NYU community doing research focused on games as an innovation challenge. The Lab's emphasis is on the technical/engineering/science side of games and simulations. Sample projects include user interface innovation (sensor-based tracking, multi-touch), network and video quality research, and research on games for learning.

High Speed Networking Lab

The focus of the High-Speed Networking Laboratory (HSNL) at NYU Tandon School of Engineering is to conduct research and provide education to address the challenging problems that high-speed networking and high-performance computing are facing today. The lab’s research concentrates on developing solutions in the areas of switching and routing, network security, data center, and chip multiprocessor (CMP) with custom VLSI (Very Large Scale Integrated) chips, and FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) chips. The research is sponsored by governmental agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. Army CERDEC, and the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications and Distributed Information Systems (CATT).

Integrated Information Systems Laboratory

The Integrated Information Systems Laboratory performs research in the areas of wireless communications, information theory and communication theory. Projects conducted with affiliated faculty and students include Cooperative Communications, Joint Source and Channel Coding for Wireless Networks, Information Theoretic Security, Power Efficient Multimedia Communications, and Single Carrier FDMA.

Laboratory for Agile and Resilient Complex Systems

Research activities at LARX focuses on the development of fundamental principles and tools for designing secure, resilient and sustainable dynamical systems and networks, with applications to communication networks, cyber-physical systems and modern critical infrastructures.

Laboratory for Mechanobiology & Regenrative Medicine

The Laboratory for Biomechanics, Mechanobiology & Regenerative Medicine studies interactions between mechanobiological cues and musculoskeletal systems with the long-term goal of developing novel biophysical, pharmaceutical, and stem cell-based interventions to improve musculoskeletal health. In vivo and in vitro approaches including engineering tools and analyses, state-of-the-art cell and molecular biology techniques, and translational experimentation are used to identify, characterize, and manipulate key mechanisms by which multipotent stem cells and lineage-determined cells sense and respond to mechanical and biochemical stimuli. Specific tools utilized include genetically engineered model organisms, mechanical force application, biomechanical testing, stem cell transplantation, engineered microfluidic devices, and computational analyses.

Mechatronics Laboratory

The Mechatronics Lab is a synergistic integration of mechanical engineering, control theory, computer science, and electronics to manage complexity, uncertainty, and communication in engineered systems.

MicroParticle PhotoPhysics Laboratory for BioPhotonics

The MicroParticle PhotoPhysics Lab is involved in inventing cutting edge photonic techniques for detecting individual virus particles. It has recently detected single Influenza A virus in vitro, and is pushing its patented Whispering Gallery Mode Biosensor to higher sensitivity in order to detect single HIV virions. By mentoring students from physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering departments, its interdisciplinary fusion forms a unique platform attacking current technological challenges.

Mobile Augmented Reality Lab

NYU’s Mobile Augmented Reality Lab is a research group devoted to pioneering the field of mobile augmented reality with emerging AR technologies. The lab was founded by director Mark Skwarek, professor in the Integrated Digital Media Program.

NYU Wireless

The world’s first academic research center combining Wireless, Computing, and Medical Applications
NYU and NYU-Tandon have created several new faculty positions, have invested $3.5 Million in funding, and are providing an additional $4 Million in world-class research space upgrades to form a new center of excellence, NYU WIRELESS, the first academic center of its kind in the world. NYU WIRELESS is an interdisciplinary research center that is equipped to develop revolutionary circuits and systems for several business sectors, including the wireless industry, the distributed computing and data center industry, and the medical profession. NYU WIRELESS brings together faculty and students with expertise in millimeter wave wireless communications and circuits, distributed networking and computing, and many branches of medicine. Just launched this year, already there are 24 faculty and 100 graduate and undergraduate students participating in this new interdisciplinary center.
NYU WIRELESS conducts about $10 million/year in funded research, and allows its industrial affiliates to maximize the value of their investment by leveraging industrial affiliates funds with large NSF, NIH, and other competitive research programs. NYU WIRELESS affiliates enjoy close and frequent interaction with the center’s faculty and students, who come from NYU-Tandon’s Electrical and Computer engineering department, NYU’s Courant Computer Science department, and many different branches of NYU’s Langone School of Medicine.

Offensive Security, Incident Response and Internet Security (OSIRIS) Laboratory

The Offensive Security, Incident Response and Internet Security Laboratory (OSIRIS Lab) is a security research environment where students analyze and understand how attackers take advantage of real systems. This approach gives students a unique perspective and a proper foundation that allows them to master any area of security at NYU Tandon

Organic Electronics Laboratory

The fundamental properties of electrically conducting polymers pave the way for modern applications. The Organic Electronics Lab maintains its interest in the solution and solid properties for electroactive macromolecules. The novel applications include solar cells and health diagnostics.

Particles, Interface & Fluids Laboratory

Particles, Interface and Fluids Lab focuses on understanding and controlling systems in which particles, interfaces and fluids exhibit complex behaviors due to simple physical interactions between constituents. The rich and unusual behavior of those fluidic systems arises from the presence of mescopic objects that can be fixed to a solid substrate (microtextured surface) or carried by the flow (transport problems), rigid or deformable, spherical or anisotropic.

Power and Power Electronics lab

Research areas include: Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Electric Machines, Electric Drives, Power Electronics, Electromagnetic Propulsion and Design, Distributed Generation and Smart Grid.

In the past 5 years, we have attracted around $5M in external funding (from DOE, Con Edison, Boeing, and Lios Technology), graduated over 20 PhD and 30 MSc students, published over 60 journal papers, received over 2000 citations and produced more than 10 patents.

Shahrjerdi Nanoelectronics Research Lab

The focus of our research is in the areas of flexible electronics and solid-state nanoelectronics. Our aim is to create innovative devices to enable new functionalities and/or enhance performance. We study and engineer the optical and electrical properties of electronic materials such as semiconductor nanowires, compound semiconductors, graphene and other emerging 2D materials, often at extreme physical limits.

Urban Infrastructure Institute

The Urban Infrastructure Institute is a federation of research centers providing an integrated framework for cross-disciplinary research with urban infrastructure agencies, electrical, gas and water utilities and the construction industry. The Institute
is a member of the City Construction
Consortium, established in 1993.

Urban ITS Center

The mission of the Urban ITS Center (UITSC) is to promote the use of ITS technologies that enhance the operational efficiency and safety of New York City's multimodal transportation network, increase the efficiency of City services, better serve customers' travel needs, and improve the quality of life in the City.