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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Aerospace Engineering

Research areas include aircraft design, aircraft stability and control, automatic flight control, composite structures, computational aerodynamics, flight testing, adaptive structures, smart materials, structural acoustics, propulsion integration, structural design and testing, uninhabited aircraft design, nozzle aerodynamics, spacecraft mission design.


Research is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on the development of new or improved physical and mathematical concepts and techniques which may be applied to problems in medicine and biology. Specific research foci include biomaterials and tissue engineering; biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology; biomechanical and neural engineering; biomedical product design and development; bioimaging; and bioinformatics.

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Research areas include enhanced oil recovery, including gelled polymer technology and carbon dioxide miscible processes; characterization, adaptation for drug-delivery systems; thermodynamics; phase equilibria, tissue engineering; natural gas reservoir engineering, including mathematical and physical modeling; reservoir engineering, including characterization of porous media; kinetics and catalysis; process engineering; process intensification; controlled release processes; biocatalysis; and protein engineering.

Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering

Research areas include structural design and analysis, analysis and design of steel and reinforced concrete members, fatigue and fracture, bridge design, structural health monitoring, smart sensors, structural dynamics, finite element analysis, natural hazards and extreme loading, earthquake engineering, building structural-system design; concrete materials, corrosion, durability of structures, timber structures, community resiliency, high performance materials, structural stability, multi-physics constitutive modeling of materials, and micro-mechanical simulations; geotechnical engineering, geosynthetic materials, soil-structure interaction, asphalt concrete pavements, and reinforced earth; hydrology and reservoir sedimentation modeling, hydrologic prediction, land-atmosphere interactions, remote sensing of the water cycle, and drought mechanisms; transportation engineering, intelligent engineering systems for roadways, transportation system efficiency, traffic flow, highway capacity, driver behavior, and highway geometry design; environmental engineering and science with emphasis in water quality, wastewater treatment, biological processes, chemical processes, drinking water treatment, air quality, air pollution control, air pollution source emissions monitoring, bio-remediation, wastewater treatment, water, wetlands mitigation, and solid and hazardous waste treatment; building environmental systems, building thermal systems, interior and exterior lighting design, building power systems, hvac building-systems design, indoor air quality, energy management, active and passive solar systems, sustainability, and building acoustics; construction engineering and management, alternative procurement, risk management, project delivery, performance measurement; building construction, cost estimating, planning, scheduling, project management, and site engineering.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Research areas include radar and remote sensing, signal processing, communications, networking, system resiliency, security and trust, formal synthesis and verification, computer languages and compilers, computer architecture, data analytics, bioinformatics, optical communication, electromagnetic compatibility, embedded systems, high-assurance systems, telemetering, machine learning, graphics and human computer interaction, computer-aided learning, computer-aided design, high-performance computing, graph algorithms, and computation theory.

Engineering Administration

This includes the dean's office staff in Research & Graduate Programs and all expenditure data relating to the School of Engineering as a whole.

Engineering Management

The Engineering Management (EMGT) program offers these emphasis areas: consulting engineering services, manufacturing/process engineering and systems and information technology.

The Project Management (PMGT) program will help fill the rising demand for project management expertise in science, information technology, manufacturing, business, construction and engineering.

Mechanical Engineering

Research areas include biomechanics(bone, joint, spine, back, extremities, gait, balance, control, vibration); computer-integrated manufacturing and behavior of materials; computational mechanics and finite-element analysis; robotics and control systems; mechanical system design and analysis; thermal-fluid sciences (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transfer); biomaterials; and applications such as (transportation systems, air conditioning and building energy systems, energy conversion and storage, and aspects of environmental changes).

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

BioIntel Lab

Biomimetic Nanotransporters: Nanonmedicine inspired by Nature; Regenerative Tissue Engineering: Engineering Stem Cells with Biomaterials to restore tissue functions; Therapeutic Medical Implants: Translational research bridging Bioengineering with Medicine

Bioengineering Research Center

The vision of the BERC is to solve seemingly intractable problems impacting the health and well-being of our society. With a growing understanding of molecular processes, the BERC will merge biological engineering approaches with computational technologies to develop solutions for challenges in engineering design and applications. The mission of the BERC: to develop solutions to improve the lives of people; to create materials, devices and technologies that will reduce human suffering; to design platforms for biological engineering of materials & systems; to educate leaders in bioengineering; and to enable people with vision to be successful.

Bioinformatics and Computational Life-Sciences Lab

The Bioinformatics and Computational Life-Sciences Laboratory (BCLSL) works on knowledge discovery and data mining and analysis from large-scale biological research projects. Life-sciences research will lead to improvements in people's health, longevity, and productivity. Much of this research is dependent on information technology to process, analyze, and present biological data in new, meaningful and efficient ways. BCLSL advances key bioinformatics methods and tools for genomics and proteomics data analysis and other life-sciences-related research.

Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis

The vision of CEBC is to systematically develop environmentally beneficial and inherently safe catalytic processes that are also economically viable. These represent urgent technological needs facing the U.S. chemical industry. The Center's vision includes the education of future engineers and scientists who will be uniquely trained in the engineering and optimization of environmentally beneficial catalytic processes. Specifically, CEBC produces novel, highly effective catalytic processes using a select assembly of diverse investigators. Examples of innovations include novel catalysts and catalyst configurations for selective oxidations, solid-acid catalysis that replace liquid acids, selective hydrogenations and hydroformylations, exploiting novel media and modes of catalyst delivery such as dense carbon dioxide, aqueous solution, vesicles, and templated polymer supports. These innovations will impact a wide cross-section of the chemical industry including agriculture, fine and specialty chemicals, consumer products, petroleum and petrochemical processes, and pharmaceuticals.

Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets

The National Science Foundation Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), a Science and Technology Center led by the University of Kansas, conducts and fosters multi-disciplinary research that results in technology, new datasets, and models necessary to achieve a better understanding of the mass balance of the polar ice sheets (e.g., Greenland and Antarctica) and their contributions to sea level rise. CReSIS develops innovative radar systems and seismic sensors to collect data from the polar ice sheets, and compiles and analyzes the data to characterize ongoing rapid changes in those regions. The Center also develops computational models that explain and predict ice-sheet interactions with climate and sea level. KU's partners in the Center are Elizabeth City State University (North Carolina), Haskell Indian Nations University, The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Maine.

Center on Aging

The mission of the research component of the Landon Center on Aging is to encourage, promote, and carry out research that is relevant to older adults in Kansas and around the country. Our goal is to build aging-relevant research programs, including collaborations within the University of Kansas Medical Center, and in the wider metropolitan community.

Communications and Signal Processing Lab

The Communications and Networking Systems Laboratory advances knowledge of systems interconnected via radio and other technologies. It also seeks to increase the performance and protection of Internet-based systems. It is developing technologies to deliver reliable information to support end-user applications independent of the access technology.

Computer Systems Design Lab

The Computer Systems Design Laboratory (CSDL) improves the design of computing systems, ranging from small, embedded elements to large, and distributed computing environments. Research addresses all aspects of a system's life cycle, including specification and synthesis. This includes attention to system verification, design, and implementation of development and implementation platforms for real-time and embedded computing.

e-Learning Design Lab

The e-learning Design Laboratory (eDL) creates new solutions to the challenges and opportunities in online education. eDL studies and develops new learning environments and tools for students of all ages. This includes the study, development, and research of new designs, principles, practices, and policies.

Flight Research Lab

The KU-FRL conducts basic and applied research to advance the state-of-the-art in aerospace vehicles, ranging from spacecraft to aircraft and uninhabited air vehicles. Research is conducted in aircraft, UAV and spacecraft design, computational fluid dynamics, applied aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, flight dynamics, flight testing, adaptive structures, structural composites, structural acoustics and structural dynamics.

Flight Test Center

The center supports the KU Aerospace Engineering educational mission, conducts flight test research and provides flight testing expertise and facilities to Kansas industry and university research.

Fuel Cells Research Lab

Explore and Develop Electrochemical Reactions and Systems for Electricity Generation & Storage for Renewable Energy Sources.

Specific Areas:
Reversible Multi-Phase Hydrogen-Bromine, Hydrogen-Iodine and Hydrogen-Vanadium Fuel Cells for Power Generations and Energy Storage; Interfacial and Multi-Phase Transport in Porous Electrodes; Design, Synthesis and Engineering of nano-structured electrodes and electrocatalysts; Mathematical Modeling of Electrochemical Processes and Systems.

Hill Research and Development Center

Researchers in this laboratory are investigating the impact of biofuels and green fuels on engine performance, efficiency, and emissions. This work involves understanding the complete pathway of fuel creation through exhaust aftertreatment devices. In addition, synergistic projects are working towards the optimization of the mechanical and electrical connections involving hybrids and plug-in hybrids. This includes research into battery chemistry and fundamental phenomena related to the next generation of electrochemical technologies. This follows the Department of Energy's strategic approach to transportation energy security by creating a fuel (bio/green) and energy (electricity) neutral program that can adapt to changing world economics and technological developments.

Hoglund Brain Imaging Center

The Hoglund Brain Imaging Center (HBIC) brings together a unique combination of neuroimaging technologies under one roof. By providing an environment where basic and clinical neuroscientists can work together to integrate structural and functional approaches to the assessment of the brain in both health and disease, HBIC functions as a regional resource engaged in activities at the forefront of neuroscientific endeavors. HBIC brings together scientists from diverse disciplines such as Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, Physiology, Psychiatry, Psychology, Physics, Engineering, Computing, Biochemistry, and Anatomy together in a highly collaborative and integrative environment to exploit new technologies for the study of the central nervous system.

Information and Telecommunication Technology Center

The Center performs advanced research, development and transfer of new technologies through several laboratories that fall under the umbrella of ITTC. These include the Networking and Wireless Systems Laboratory, the Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory, the Photonics Technology Laboratory, the Computer Systems Design Laboratory, the Intelligent Systems Laboratory, the Bioinformatics and Computational Life-Sciences Laboratory, and the e-Learning Design Laboratory.

Information Assurance Lab

The Information Assurance Laboratory (IAL) focuses on developing, verifying and fielding high-assurance information systems. Its purpose is to provide a University-wide focal point for those involved in information assurance research, education and implementation. IAL faculty and students perform research including theoretical modeling, high-assurance system synthesis and verification, security modeling and analysis, network security, and database security. IAL faculty manage and implement the MSIT program in information security as well as teach information assurance principles throughout the University. Finally, IAL staff affiliates are responsible for developing and implementing information security across the University.

Infrastructure Research Institute

The efforts of the Institute cover basic and applied research, development, and technology transfer in the fields of engineering, architecture, urban planning, economics, finance, political science, public administration, and law as they impact the global infrastructure.

Molecular Engineering & Interfacial Nanomedicine Lab

Interfacial phenomenon in biological systems; Interfacial microrheology; Lipid-protein interactions; Protein aggregation diseases

Molecular Simulation Research Lab

Use of high-performance computers to solve optimization problems in product design, process design and bioinformatics

Network Systems Lab

The Networking Systems Laboratory investigates all aspects of information processing and transport. Faculty and graduate students in NSL work on high-capacity networks, optical systems, agile and software defined radios, innovative transmitter and receiver design, and reliable and robust mobile networks. The laboratory integrates leading edge research with practical implementation and applications. The focus of NSL is to efficiently deliver reliable communications services across a wide range of challenging mediums to user applications. Recent projects involve radio design, Bluetooth and RFID evaluation, optical sensors for biology, and radio spectrum measurement and management.

Plasma Research Lab

microfabrication, plasma processing, and catalytic reforming

Process Intensification Research Lab

Green Engineering Theme
Intensification of Liquid-Liquid processes;
Electrically enhanced processes; Catalysis in the presence of electrical fields; Fluid dynamics and finite element modeling
Biologically enhanced ion exchange

Radar Systems & Remote Sensing Lab

The Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) applies microwave remote sensing to improve our understanding of the ocean, atmosphere, sea ice, polar ice, vegetation, snow, soil moisture, and subsurface features. Activities include sensor development, data collection, analysis and modeling, and data dissemination. Recent projects focusing on polar ice sheet characterization support global climate change and sea-level rise studies as well as interplanetary missions.

Renewable Fuels Research Lab

The Renewable Fuels Lab studies two types of fuels from different raw materials. First the KU Biodiesel Initiative (KUBI) converts waste food oil from the campus dining center fryers to biodiesel using a well-known, commercially-practiced technique. The other is a petroleum-substitute, biocrude, oil produced from algae. The graduate-level research is highly collaborative and works closely with Environmental Engineers who study how algae can be used to clean and treat sewage water while Chemical Engineers research how to convert the algae to commercially valuable products such as oil and fertilizers.

Structural Engineering and Materials Laboratory

The high-bay lab has a structural floor against which structures are tested. This lab has a 20-ton overhead crane to move research materials from place to place. It also has several structural testing frames and load cells.

Tertiary Oil Recovery Program

The Project performs research on improved oil recovery processes that are applied to Kansas reservoirs, such as gelled polymer processes, water flooding and carbon dioxide flooding. The Project has a strong technology transfer program to assist petroleum operators.

Transportation Center

Research areas include statewide plan development, statewide planning, rural applications, automatic collision notification (Mayday Systems), Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS), and Advanced Traveler Information Systems

Unconventional Resources Lab

Fracture Conductivity Setup for Hydraulic Fracturing and Acid Fracturing Studies; Amott Imbibition Cells; Coreflooding Setup for EOR, Formation Damage and Matrix Acidizing; Dynamic and Static Fluid Loss Systems with Two Shear Loops; Dean Stark Distillation for Water-Oil Extraction from Whole Core Samples; HPHT CO2-Foam Flooding Setup; HPHT Interfacial Tension and Contact Angle Measurement Setup; HPHT Rheometer for Fracturing Fluids, EOR Fluids and Foam Studies; HPHT Rotating Disc Acid Reaction and Corrosion System