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North Carolina A&T State University - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical and Bioengineering

The Chemical and Bioengineering Department currently conducts research in the areas of: catalysis and reaction engineering, environmental chemical engineering, biofuels and energy sustainability, advanced oxidation processes and applications in energy and in the environment, sonochemistry and cavitation engineering; the synthesis of biomaterials for tissue engineering; human implant applications; water resources engineering and water management; water use efficiency, infiltration, irrigation and drainage engineering design; membrane separators, fuel cells, computational fluid dynamics, environmental engineering;
computer simulations of molecular processes in biomass gasification reactions, nanodiamond materials, fuels and biofuels; drug delivery, scale up, interspecies drug response variations, fluid compartmental modeling: cardiovascular technologies, surgical instrumentation; biodegradable polymers, molecularly-imprinted polymers, polymeric membranes; computational modeling (FEA), musculoskeletal/orthopaedic biomechanics, kinematic analysis;
natural resources conservation engineering, water quality modeling, and biomimicry in urban landscapes; bioenergy systems, waste-to-energy conversion technologies, biobased products development; fluid mechanics, mixing and biofluids; chemical processes in manufacturing, coatings, chemical production design; bioenergy and energy efficiency technologies, biobased products development, food process engineering and computational process engineering; regenerative medical engineering, biodegradable metals, microfluidics, systems biology, nanomedicine; tissue engineering, cell biology, biotransport, and vascular technology.

Civil Engineering

The Civil, Architectural and Agricultural Engineering Department conducts research in structural and environmental engineering including construction materials, energy and building science, renewable energy and environmental modeling and water resources (including GIS).

Computational Science and Engineering

Computational modeling and simulations have currently become the integral component of engineering and physical sciences. It has now become the third major methodology for analysis, synthesis and design in addition to the traditional analytical and experimental methodologies. Computational Science and Engineering program at North Carolina A&T State University is an interdisciplinary graduate program fostering computationally oriented research in the fields of engineering, science, technology and business to prepare students to work effectively in the current and future work environments.

Computer Science

The Department offers an MS computer science degree with the option of a "General Track" or two specialization tracks: "Artificial Intelligence Track" and "Software Engineering Track". Students interested in Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence can choose one of these specialization tracks whereas students interested in other areas may select General Track and design their curriculum in consultation with their advisor to satisfy all graduation requirements for the MS in CS.

The research activities of the Department include: System and Network Security, Concurrent Systems, and Web Technologies.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical Engineering conducts research activities in the following areas: Microelectronics, Electronic Materials, Electronic Control Subsystems and Monitoring, Information Processing, Energy and Critical Infrastructure and Intelligent Systems.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Department of Industrial Engineering is actively involved with research in the following areas: Hybrid Approach to Direct-Write Based Micro and Nano Manufacturing; Developing Expertise of Minority Students in Managing Threats and Response to Emergency Situations through Interdisciplinary Research Research; Interdisciplinary Research for the Development of a Direct-Write Fabrication Process; Bone Conduction Threshold and Speech Intelligibility Studies for Use in the Development of Military Radio Communication Devices; Center for Human-Centric Command and Control Decision-Making; Performance Analysis of Brain-Computer Interface in Virtual and Real Task Environment; A Virtual Human Agent For Assessing Bias in Novice Therapists; Research 3-D Technology Impacts on Operators; Establishing a Graduate Interdisciplinary Liberal Engineering Ethics Curriculum; Enhancement of Minority Student Participation in the Human-Enterprise Systems Engineering Program; Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power; AMRDEC Logistics Engineering Support; AMRDEC Engineering Division- Logistics Engineering Suppport, and Six Sigma in Public Health Clinics; Improving Health Outcomes.

Mechanical Engineering

The research department is extremely active in research and numerous papers and reports are produced each year. There are four research centers, including The Center for Composite Materials Research, The Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures, the NASA Center for Aerospace Research and the Mars Mission Research Center, a joint center with North Carolina State University.

The Department is involved in research activities in the following areas: Mechanics and Materials, Energy and Thermal Fluid Systems, Mechanical and Manufacturing Systems, Aerospace, Process Control, and Separation and Mass Transport.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

ARL Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences

North Carolina A&T State University has established in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon, Clemson and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington the Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences (CASIS). CASIS, led by Dr. Gerry Dozier at North Carolina A&T, is the first and only National Intelligence Science and Technology Center of Academic Excellence in the United States. A five year $8.93 million grant from the Army Research Laboratory led to the establishment of CASIS. The research in this interdisciplinary center (Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Visual Computing) focuses on advanced biometrics. North Carolina A&T is the lead university in this center.

Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures

CAMSS is an educational and research resource for the State of North Carolina and the nation in the fields of advanced ceramic materials and their composites. Basic research in the technical thrust areas (advanced ceramics, advanced composites, electronic ceramic devices, sensors and smart structures and III-V nitrides, ohmic contracts and devices) drives the Center's research.

Center for Autonomous Control and Information Technology

The areas of concentration are soft computing, multiagent systems, artificial intelligence in general, control theory, genetic algorithms, and energy conservation and power electronics.

The Center conducts interdisciplinary research in demonstrative programs for the application of fuzzy logic-controlled power electronic building block systems in HVAC systems, nonlinear active control of dynamical systems, artificial potential field based motion planning/navigation in two- and three-dimensional dynamic environments, and other relevant topics.

Center for Aviation Safety

The mission of this center is to establish a strong aerospace engineering research and
education program to support NASA’s fundamental aeronautics and aviation safety programs.

Center for Composite Materials Research

Research activities are focused on (a) processing and fabrication of simple to complex composite components (autoclave, compression molding, resin transfer molding, and composite structural components) (b) use of textile fiber architecture in the fabrication of non-trivial light weight composite components (braids, plain weaves, etc.) (c) testing and characterization of composite materials (d) analysis of composite structural components (e) study of cost-effective near net-shaped composite components (f) development of innovative processing techniques with textile fabrics (small ablative nozzles, integrally blade-stiffenend panes, box sections etc.) and (g) training of students and engineers from industry in the fabrication and use of composites.

Center for Cyber Defense

This center serves as the university’s Information Assurance Center and conducts
an integrated education and interdisciplinary research in information assurance. The National Security Agency has designated North Carolina
A&T as a Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Center for Energy Research and Technology

The Center's objective is to improve economic competitiveness while reducing the environmental impact that results from excessive energy consumption.

NSF ERC for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials

The ERC is conducting research in biomedical engineering and nanobio applications. Its goal is to generate revolutionary advances in cardiovascular, orthopedic and craniofacial medicine through the development
of biocompatible and biodegradable implants for reconstruction and regeneration. The award for the center totalled $18 million over five years
with a possible five-year extension. North Carolina A&T is the ERC’s lead institution; partners include the University of Pittsburgh, Universityof Cincinnati, and Hannover Medical School in Germany.