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University of California, Merced - 2016

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Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department


Tissue Engineering (including Biomaterials) is defined as the application of engineering principles to building/repairing tissues like blood vessels, heart muscle, nerves, cartilage, and bone. It is one of the largest growing areas of biomedical engineering. Concepts and discoveries from the fields of molecular and cell biology, including stem cell biology, physiology and immunology are also readily incorporated into research activities for tissue engineering.

Biomedical Imaging is a significant research and education area in biomedical engineering emphasizing biomedical imaging instrumentation development, biomedical imaging algorithms improvement, and biomedical biomarkers synthesis.

Biomolecular Engineering is a broader thematic area, but brings together tissue, cellular and molecular engineering, synthetic biology, bio-nanotechnology and biological computation capacity within UCM campus. The major directions are: 1) to implement a general strategy for the development of nano-biosensors based on rheostatic protein conformational changes and develop important/critical applications in biomedicine (e.g. valley fever) and the environment (pollutant detection, etc.), 2) to develop small, simplified-optimized versions of proteins - of particular interest to biomedical or biotechnological/commercial communities - so that they can be efficiently produced, synthesized and employed at the industrial and/or pharmaceutical applications.

Microfabrication technologies originate from the microelectronics industry, the earliest microfabrication processes were used for integrated circuit fabrication. Microfabrication is actually a collection of technologies (microlithography, doping, thin films, etching, bonding, and polishing) which are utilized in making microdevices. We are most interested in using these technologies for small-scale studies like “lab-on-a-chip” and bio-micro-mechanical-systems (BIOEMEMS).

Nanotechnology is an integrated field to address previously untouchable issues in medicine such as building artificial organs and unique biosensing capacities. The ability to control molecular and nanoscale arrangement will allow tuning phonon, photo and electron properties and thus rationally engineering optical, electrical and thermal property accordingly. This research thrust will emphasize the creation of novel platforms that integrate/incorporate unique properties of nanoscale materials for directing cell shape and facilitating cell-materials interactions on the nano-scale.

Computer Science and Engineering

Graduate studies in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers individualized, strongly research-oriented courses of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The EECS graduate emphasis area is organized to allow students to pursue cutting edge research in modern fields of electrical engineering and computer science, emphasizing research and preparing students for leadership positions in industrial labs, government or academia.

Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Systems graduate program trains students to tackle the most challenging problems facing our planet " water, soil, climate, energy and resources. Through understanding the Earth as an integrated system of atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere that intersects human society, ES students are uniquely poised to address critical research needs of the environment and its sustainability. Graduates are prepared for careers in academia, research, government and industry that integrate expertise from across engineering, natural sciences and social sciences. UC Merced’s unique geographical location, its relationship with neighboring institutions and its seamless integration of science and engineering render the ES program distinct from similar programs in California and elsewhere.
Environmental Systems faculty members are affiliated with the schools of Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. A diverse group, our faculty members, graduate students and research scholars share interests in trans-disciplinary research of natural and human-impacted environmental systems involving:

water, soil, air and climate science and engineering
ecology, ecosystems and biodiversity
sustainable energy and resource economics
natural resource science, policy and management

Mechanical Engineering

The ME faculty members strive to provide students with a comprehensive research experience based on the latest developments of the analytical, numerical and experimental tools available in the field. Mechanical Engineering includes a broad spectrum of research activities that are based on well-defined scientific principles. Judicious application of the fundamental principles of Mechanics allows specialized Mechanical Engineers to impact virtually all fields of science and technology. The goal of the ME emphasis at UC Merced is to provide its graduate students with a very solid foundation in Mechanical Sciences and a strong and comprehensive exposure to modern research techniques.

Courses are designed to provide the mathematical and scientific principles underlying the foundations of Applied Mechanics, with emphasis on applications and novel research developments in diverse topics such as Advanced Dynamics, Modern Control Systems, Continuum Mechanics, Design and Manufacturing, Viscous Flows, Tribology, Radiative Transfer, etc. The ME graduate program provides a seamless transition for undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate studies in these areas.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)

Sustainable Infrastructures

The Sustainable Infrastructures Initiative pursues information technology research in energy, water, and transportation as parts of the cyber-infrastructure of a sustainable society.
Connected Communities

The CITRIS Connected Communities Initiative supports collaborative discovery, design, and governance through new technologies that enhance education, creative work, and public engagement.
People and Robots

Cloud Robotics, Deep Learning, Human-Centric Automation, and Bio-Inspired Robotics are among the primary research themes in the new CITRIS People and Robots Initiative that focuses on new theory, benchmarks, software, and approaches that address challenges in the interest of society.

Improving health outcomes and access to cost-effective care through the development and integration of innovative technology in telehealth, sensors, analytics and mobile devices.

Sierra Nevada Research Institute

The mission of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) at UC Merced is to discover and disseminate new knowledge that contributes to sustaining natural resources and promoting social well-being in the Sierra Nevada-Central Valley region, and related regions worldwide. SNRI accomplishes its mission by:

Fostering interdisciplinary research that focuses on the Sierra Nevada eco-region, including the Central Valley and other adjacent areas.
Facilitating synergistic links between science, the arts, education and natural resource management.


The University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar) is a multi-campus research institute made up of faculty from the University of California’s Merced, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, Davis, San Diego, Riverside, Santa Cruz, Irvine and Los Angeles campuses. UC Solar was established by a grant from the University of California Office of Research and officially launched in 2010. Headquartered at UC Merced, UC Solar creates technologies that make solar energy systems more efficient, more affordable, and the best choice for the people of California and the world. In addition, UC solar educates and develops tomorrow’s solar energy leaders and entrepreneurs.

Current UC Solar research areas include: developing state-of-the-art solar energy generation technologies; facilitating system integration at the residential, community and utility scale; and examining solar energy economics and policy.


The UC WATER Security and Sustainability Research Initiative is focused on strategic research to build the knowledge base for better water resources management.

We apply innovative science, technology, and implementation strategy to real-world problems of surface and ground water management.

In 2015, the University of California linked together multiple campuses and established UC Water. We have grown to 42 researchers who approach water from three perspectives: information, institutions and infrastructure.

UC Water is developing innovative, quantitative water accounting and analysis methods, and introducing modern information systems into California’s aging infrastructure. Current water policy lacks salient, credible, and legitimate water information forcing policymakers to rely on century-old technology and analysis techniques.
UC Water is weaving legal and policy research into our findings. Our research will help facilitate more integrated water management institutions in California and aid in the development of the capacity to adapt to 21st-century stressors.
UC Water is improving our understanding of how water is extracted, conveyed and stored in built and natural infrastructure. This initiative also contributes to research by developing understanding of landcover changes on source-water areas, and tools and techniques for better groundwater management.