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University of Idaho - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biological Engineering

Bionanotechnology: targeting and eradicating tumor cells with nano materials; fast screening of antiviral drugs using virus/nanomaterial hybrids.

Bioprocessing: converting bio-based resources into renewable energy and value-added products; the recovery and purification of byproducts.

Neural Imaging and Modeling: developing and applying advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computational modeling techniques to investigate the pathophysiology of central nervous system (CNS) disorders and therapeutics.

Sustainable Engineering: Life cycle analysis related to agricultural operation, production, and processes; management and treatment of animal wastes and crop production residues for nutrients management and resource recovery.

Tissue Engineering: identifying mechanical factors that regulate cell behavior to guide tendon tissue engineering and regenerative approaches; optimizing growth and harvest of mesenchymal stem cells.

Chemical & Material Engineering

The educational objectives of the Material Science and Engineering are to educate graduates to use mathematics and science background to formulate and solve engineering problems; remain current in modern technology and in tools of engineering practice; demonstrate an understanding of current economic and societal issues associated with engineering projects and their impacts; be able to communicate effectively with engineers and non-engineers while working independently or on teams to develop engineering solutions; demonstrate an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities as engineers and uphold their responsibility to the public and occupational health and safety; and demonstrate the importance of life-long learning and continued professional growth.

Civil Engineering

Advanced biological nutrient removal; biological conversion of organic wastes to thermoplastics; bioremediation of organic contaminants in sediments and ground water; microbial immobilization of heavy metals; ecological restoration and enhancement of river, wetland and estuarine systems; flood management and sediment transport; interactions between flow turbulence, sediment transport and river morphology; hydrologic systems modeling; modeling hydraulic transients in pipelines; design, construction, evaluation and management of highway and airport pavement systems; sustainable construction materials; non-destructive evaluation of infrastructure materials and pavements, microstructure characterization of granular materials; transportation operations and control; traffic signal controller interface development and signal systems; intelligent transportation systems; traffic safety and operations; neighborhood transportation planning and livable communities; travel demand management; bicycle and pedestrian planning; slope stability, soil dynamics, and earthquake engineering; rock flow modeling; utilization of residual energy during secondary fragmentation; structural dynamics and random vibrations; non-linear behavior and modeling of reinforced and prestressed concrete elements; damage modeling of reinforced concrete elements under blast loading; confinement of reinforced concrete bridge columns.

Computer Science

Systematic study of algorithmic processes that describe and transform information: their theory, analysis, design, efficiency, implementation, application, secure and dependable software, and bioinformatics.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Power system analysis, including applications of control theory. Microelectronics research, including VLSI design. Digital Signal Processing.


Studies in subsurface science and nano particles, hydrology, watershed management, evapotranspiration, water quality, precision irrigation, irrigation management, water efficiency, alternative fuels, bio-processing, value-added bioproducts odor abatement, waste management, and direct seeding.

Mechanical Engineering

Prototype development, testing, and experimental studies related to both fundamental and applied research occurs within a comprehensive design suite/machine shop, a modern small engines laboratory, a vehicle realization, a controls laboratory, an energy conversion laboratory, and a fluid mechanics laboratory. Research routinely involves industry-standard solid modeling software, finite element analysis, and high-performance computing related to flow simulation.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Ecohydraulics Research

The Center for Ecohydraulics Research (CER) is a graduate education and research program dedicated to studying links between physical processes and aquatic ecosystems. CER interacts with the university's other water programs.

Center for Secure and Dependable Systems

Focal areas of research are information and network security, including intrusion detection and system survivability; reliable distributed computing systems in hostile environments; and authentication/information assurance. The Center has a strong education mission at both the undergraduate and graduate level with interdisciplinary membership betweeen computer science and business.

NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium

The mission of the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) is to provide easily accessible, flexible programs that focus on current and ongoing NASA initiatives that will benefit researchers, K-university students, teachers, and faculty in STEM fields; industry; the general public; the State of Idaho; and ultimately NASA.

National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology

Investigation and applications of alternative fuels, hybrid electric vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, and power electronics and electric machines.