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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical Engineering

Research areas in the Department of Chemical Engineering include: Alternative energy; Applied thermodynamics; Biomass conversion; Biomaterials; Biotechnology; Computational fluid dynamics; Control Systems; Drug delivery; Environmental science; Fermentation; Fluid mechanics; Heat transfer; Nanomaterials; Process modeling; Supercritical fluids; Surface science; Sustainable engineering; Systems Biology; Thermal management of electronics; Waste water treatment; Advanced catalysis; Design and optimization of biopharmaceutical facilities, processes and products

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research areas in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering include: Aquatic ecology; Antibiotic resistance in wastewater; Sources of indicator organisms; Effectiveness of urban wetlands as best management practices; Engineering management; Environmental engineering; Fluid mechanics; Genomics; Geotechnical engineering; Hazardous & industrial wastes; Hydraulic engineering; Mathematical modeling; Physical/chemical environmental engineering processes; Microbial source tracking; River behavior; Sludge solidification and stabilization; Structural analysis; Structural engineering; Transportation engineering; Urban planning; Waste & wastewater treatment; Water resources: water quality; Water resources: hydraulics & hydrology.

College of Engineering Graduate

The College of Engineering Ph.D. Program is a comprehensive doctoral program offering the degree in all of the College’s departments and programs. Doctoral research is currently being conducted in the following research areas: Thermal Fluid Science, Non-Linear Dynamics and Controls, Water and Environmental Engineering, Energy, Advanced Wireless and Digital Communications, and Electronic, Photonic, and Computer Engineering. The new MS in Sustainable Engineering offers research opportunities in energy, materials utilization, and life-cycle costing. Other emerging research topics such as Bioengineering and Nanoengineering are fully available as candidate research areas.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research areas in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering include: Artificial intelligence; Automatic modulation recognition; Battery management and state-of-charge estimation; Computer networking; Computer-aided analysis of analog & switch-mode circuits; Cybersecurity; Database systems; Electric vehicle design; High speed pulse transmissionin computer systems; Implementation of higher-order statistics; Information processing; Intelligent systems; Interactive matrix calculator language design; Machine diagnostics; Mapping of algorithms to VLSI hardware; Modeling of tandem solar cells; Neural network; Optic flow & motion estimation; Power system protection; Reactive loading; Robust processing; Sensor & data fusion; Signal processing techniques; Wavelet applications.

Mechanical Engineering

Research areas in the Department of Mechanical Engineering include: Advanced and multi-body dynamics; Alternative energy; Applied thermodynamics; Biomaterials; Biomechanics; Biotechnology; Composite materials; Computational fluid dynamics; Computer-aided manufacturing and design; Controls; Design & design optimization; Dynamic analysis; Elasticity; Energy conversion; Finite elements; Flow visualization; Fluid dynamics & mechanics; Fracture mechanics & fatigue; Heat transfer; Manufacturing processes; Materials & materials processing; Mobile robotics; Nanomaterials; Numerical methods; Optimal design; Robotics; Rotor dynamics; Solar energy systems; Solid mechanics; Thermal management of electronics; Thermodynamics; Vibrations; Virtual reality.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Advanced Communications

The Center for Advanced Communications (CAC) pursues extensive and rigorous research and development in the broad areas of Wireless and Digital Communications, Wireless Networking, High Resolution Radar Imaging, Acoustics and Ultrasound, Smart Antennas and Space-Time Processing, Interference Mitigation in Broadband Communication Platforms, Innovative Antenna Design, Computational Electromagnetics, Microwave and RF Microelectroanics, and Satellite Navigation.

Center for Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering

The Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering (VCASE) seeks to protect and restore our environment through research on the integration of sustainability principles in engineering practice. To meet “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”* mandates an inclusive, interdisciplinary, systems approach to research using the campus infrastructure as a test bed. Focus areas include alternative and renewable energy, biomass resources and conversion technologies, environmental, sustainable infrastructure and materials, and stormwater. VCASE follows Villanova's Sustainability Policy of supporting the concepts of sustainability in its curriculum, research, and activities, to contribute to an environmentally sound and socially just society. (*Bruntland Commission 1987)

Center for Analytics of Dynamic Systems

The focus of the Center for Analytics of Dynamic Systems (VCADS) is the development of new tools and techniques for analytics of dynamic systems with applications in engineering, medicine and finance. Our increasingly interconnected and sensor-filled world generates a profusion of big data. VCADS was formed to determine how best to make use of this data to divine the underlying dynamics for analysis, diagnostics, prognostics and health management.

Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems

The Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2) is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) established to develop methodologies, tools and systems that will maximize energy efficiency for the operation of electronic systems, including data centers, "from the chip to the cooling tower." This is done through: 1) SMART allocation and distribution if IT load; 2) SMART integration of controlled on-demand cooling; and 3) SMART elimination of energy waste and inefficiencies. This holistic approach to the development and design of energy-smart electronic systems could translate into millions of dollars in savings and a 'greener' industry.

Center for Nonlinear Dynamics & Control

The Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Control is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Engineering with a focus on applying advanced nonlinear theoretical, numerical and experimental techniques to solve practical real-world problems. The Center's main application areas are in automotive powertrain control, robotics, modeling and diagnostics in biomedical systems, image-based control, and nonlinear control, and nonlinear stochastic dynamical systems. Experimental facilities include an engine test cell equipped with fast-response gas analysis equipment, an unmanned and underwater vehicle laboratory, an autonomous systems laboratory, and a scanning probe microscopy facility.