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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Research programs include aerodynamics, hypersonics, rarefied gas dynamics, plasma physics and applications, microgravity fluid mechanics, high performance computing in thermal fluids, control and tracking, UAS and its control, control of distributed systems, air traffic control, networked dynamical systems with uncertainty, intelligent systems, flight and orbit mechanics, trajectory design and optimization, GNSS-R for Earth remote sensing, orbital infrastructure in the Earth-Moon neighborhood, space situation awareness, design and operation of space systems, aeroassist technologies, turbulent combustion, combustion instabilities, airbreathing and rocket engine combustors, thermal management, laser diagnostics, rocket propellants, structures and materials, impact science, structural optimization, inverse methods, nondestructive evaluation and health monitoring, multi scale modeling and simulation, certification by simulation, composite material analysis and manufacturing, interface physics, multifunctional structures, smart structures, aircraft and airport operations, systems engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Research focuses on the application of engineering principles to agricultural and biological systems including food processing, bioprocessing, bioenergy, machine systems, fluid power, environmental and natural resources, water resources, and air quality.

Biomedical Engineering

Research programs range from fundamental studies of biological structures to applied medical device design.

Chemical Engineering

Areas of research emphasis include biochemical and biomolecular engineering, polymers and materials, nano-scale science and engineering, catalysis and reaction engineering, and product and process system engineering.

Civil Engineering

Basic and applied research focuses on the safety, sustainability, resilience and reliability of infrastructure and environmental engineering systems.

Computer Science

Research focuses on all aspects of computer science, including databases and data mining, distributed systems, graphics, visualization, and modeling, information security and assurance, machine learning and information retrieval, networking and operating systems, programming languages and compilers, scientific computing and bioinformatics, software engineering, and theory of computing and algorithms.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of research include automatic control, biomedical imaging and sensing, communications, networking, signal and image processing, computer engineering, electromagnetic fields, nanophotonics, optics, microelectronics, nanotechnology, power and energy devices and systems, and VLSI circuits and systems.

Engineering Administration

Organization provides administrative and executive leadership to Purdue's College of Engineering.

Engineering Education

Research focuses on transforming engineering education practice based on theory and empirical evidence, preparing engineering education researchers and future education leaders for careers in formal and informal learning environments ranging from PreK-12, to college level and learning in industry and pioneering new learning innovations in very large first-year classes. Educates multi-disciplinary engineers who are agile, integrators and life-long learners suited for a rapidly changing world of engineering.

Engineering Professional Education

EPE provides non-thesis educational opportunities to professionals with careers in progress as well as multi-disciplinary programs aimed at engineers seeking leadership roles in industry.

Environmental and Ecological Engineering

New approaches and technological advancements are needed to address the environmental challenges created by industrialization, global economic development and population growth, and limited natural resources. Environmental and Ecological Engineering employs an interdisciplinary approach that is focused on addressing traditional environmental engineering with its emphasis on controlling, treating, and mitigating waste streams, but also considers a new paradigm that calls for the systemic design of engineered systems that preserves ecological system services, protects the environment, and exists in harmony with natural resource constraints.

Industrial Engineering

One of the nation’s leading programs, the IE research activity includes products and services design and manufacturing; planning, scheduling, control and simulation of systems; operations research; and human factors.

Materials Engineering

Research covers the four cornerstones of the field: structures, properties, processing, and performance in all classes of materials.

Mechanical Engineering

Comprehensive research is conducted in acoustics, applied optics, combustion, controls, design, energy, materials processing, manufacturing, mechatronics, thermofluid systems, and turbomachinery.

Nuclear Engineering

NE research is focused on nuclear reactor physics, thermal hydraulics and reactor safety, nuclear systems simulations, material and waste management, applied intelligent systems, fusion, and nuclear medicine.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Agricultural Safety and Health

Various delivery techniques are used to address the safety and occupational health education needs of Indiana farm families, agricultural workers, and rural residents. Research activities have addressed a wide range of topics unique to agricultural workplaces including fires on agricultural equipment, entrapments in agricultural confined spaces, prevention of secondary injuries, and preventing child-related farm injuries. Extension publications have been made available along with development of a website. Major farm shows are utilized to demonstrate and disseminate information on safe agricultural work practices. In order to reduce the impact of farm-related injuries, training activities have been carried out across the state with emergency rescue and medical personnel. Training materials have been developed and instructor workshops held to multiply the efforts of the Purdue program. Topics include extrication from farm machinery, entrapments in flowing grain, silo fires, and agricultural chemical spills.

Bindley BioScience Center

Bindley Bioscience Center in Discovery Park blends life sciences and engineering research to cultivate and support innovative, multi-investigator, interdisciplinary research teams at Purdue University, and whose research and development efforts, in parallel, foster external engagement activities that promote economic development initiatives in the life sciences.

Birck Nanotechnology Center

A Discovery Park center that provides scientific equipment, specialized laboratories, a nanofabrication cleanroom, offices, technical staff, and administrative support for nanotechnology research.

Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center

The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship is Purdue University’s hub for entrepreneurial activities. The center connects faculty, staff, and students from all of Purdue’s academic programs with the Purdue Research Park and the Office of Technology Commercialization. The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship is part of Purdue’s Discovery Park, a cluster of innovative, interdisciplinary research centers. The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship provides training, access to information and networks, and resources to faculty, staff, and students who are interested in commercialization and innovation.

Center for Advanced Cement-based Materials

ACBM was established in 1989 as a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center, dedicated to the cement and concrete industries. By focusing on research, education, and technology transfer, ACBM has contributed major advances in the knowledge of cement and concrete materials and their behavior.

Center for Catalyst Design

The Center for Catalyst Design (CCD) at Purdue University is focused on the development of new catalysts for a variety of chemical processes. The CCD is a cross-disciplinary team of searchers with broad expertise in catalysis, surface science, inorganic chemistry, materials science, molecular and process modeling, process systems engineering, and modern informatics methods. The CCD houses facilities for catalyst preparation, characterization, and an infrastructure for data archiving, information management, large scale computing, data visualization.

Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio)

Center will investigate methods to directly convert plant lignocellulosic biomass, the bulk of the plant, to biofuels and other bio-based products currently derived from oil by the use of new chemical catalysts and thermal treatments.

Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance, Security and Privacy (CERIAS)

To advance the knowledge and practice of information assurance and security through world-class research, the highest quality education, and by serving as an unbiased source of information.

Center for Environment

Center’s mission is to facilitate and promote interdisciplinary, problem-driven research, teaching, and outreach focused on important environmental challenges.

Center for Food Safety Engineering

The Center for Food Safety Engineering is a five-school multidisciplinary effort that focuses on developing detection technology and control measures for food borne pathogens.

Center for Materials Processing & Tribology

The Center conducts research and development activities in Advanced Manufacturing, Nanostructured Materials for Structural and Mechanical Applications, Micro-Systems and Friction and Wear Phenomena.

Center for Materials Under Extreme Environments

Center for Materials under extreme environments (CMUXE) is a research unit at Purdue University aimed at promoting nuclear, material science, plasma research and education. Members of CMUXE perform basic and applied research in wide variety of interdisciplinary fields. The major thrust area is the interactions of high-intensity, modulated energy beams: electromagnetic radiation, plasma, electrons, ions and other particle sources (i.e. clusters, molecules) with matter. The CMUXE combines both advanced integrated computational tools, i.e., HEIGHTS simulation package and state-of-the art experimental devices. Following are major areas of CMUXE research: High Energy Interaction with General Heterogeneous Target Systems (HEIGHTS) simulation package; The Interaction of Materials with Particles and Components Testing (IMPACT); Laser-Matter and Laser-Plasma Interactions; Discharged Produced Plasmas; Ion Channel Protein.

Center for Predictive Materials and Devices (c-PRIMED)

The Center and its focus on modeling for materials engineering dovetails with the national Materials Genome Initiative announced in 2011. This federal initiative will concentrate on developing methods to double the speed and halve the cost of creating new advanced materials.

Center for Road Safety

The Center for Road Safety (CRS), affiliated with the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University, conducts research and develops engineering tools in the area of road safety, including driver, vehicle, and roadway-related characteristics. CRS has extensive expertise in identification of factors that affect safety, development and design of safety databases, and development and implementation of computer-based tools to assist transportation agencies in all aspects of safety management and planning. CRS's research is sponsored by Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Police, and Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Federal Highway Administration, National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, and others.

Center for Sensing Science and Technology

The purpose of this center is for academic research, reference, and education in sensing science and technology focused on the identification of hazardous materials. The goals are: to develop and support world-class research in sensing science and technology: to create educational resources and materials: to provide a focal point for agencies, universities, and groups working to advance sensing science and technology; and to encourage and enhance cross-disciplinary research.

Center of Excellence for Laser-Based Manufacturing

The mission of the Center is to become a focal point for developing critical or novel technologies in laser-based manufacturing and materials processing, and help private companies in the U.S. to implement new laser applications by transferring developed technologies and pursuing commercialization.

Center of Excellence on Aircraft Noise and Aviation Emissions Mitigation

This center focuses on research activities related to noise perception and compatible land-use management. This FAA-sponsored center is a collaboration of eight universities, industry, and government laboratories.

Computing Research Institute

The CRI promotes and seeds disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that has a strong computational component. In close collaboration with Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), the CRI helps to develop policies for high-end computing resources and to articulate strategic directions for evolving computing infrastructure for use in research and education.

Cooling Technologies Research Center (CTRC)

A National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center investigating compact, high-performance cooling technologies.

Cyber Center

The Cyber Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park harnesses the explosion of information technology-related discoveries and applies them in a focused manner to discovery, learning, and engagement by providing a venue and personnel for IT-related research, software, hardware, and staffing. By providing resources and technology to disciplines that have not yet realized the full potential of cyber infrastructure supported research, we help to accelerate discovery, learning, and exploration of new avenues of research. Our location and shared research objectives are powerful drivers in the development of new technology, new discoveries, and new businesses for Purdue and the State of Indiana.

Digital Enterprise Center (DEC)

DEC is focused on applied research and education efforts relative to product lifecycle management (PLM) and model-based enterprise methodologies.

Discovery Learning Research Center

Discovery Learning Research Center seeks innovative ways to translate research into education by helping teams develop large-scale interdisciplinary projects that impact learning and the science of learning.

Discovery Park

Discovery Park provides Purdue University with facilities and leadership systems that transcend traditional academic boundaries fostering an innovative interdisciplinary environment for learning, discovery, and engagement that leads to intellectual excitement, scientific achievement, new technologies, commerdialization and economic growth.

Energy Center

Purdue's Energy Center is a multi-disciplinary academic community of over 150 researchers drawn from the Colleges of Agriculture, Consumer and Family Sciences, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Science, Technology, and the School of Management. We are dedicated to developing a portfolio of clean, cost effective energy solutions for our society as we prepare for the eventual transition from fossil fuels to other energy sources.

Envision Center for Data Perceptualization

Envision is an interdisciplinary, high-performance visualization facility to support research and teaching at Purdue University. This facility allows Purdue the opportunity to advance the scientific fields of visualization and perceptualization through research and development of computer graphics hardware and software.

Herrick Laboratories

The Laboratories, established in 1958, is an institution dedicated to graduate education and engineering research with emphasis on technology transfer to industry. The three main research areas are: Thermal Systems, Noise and Vibration Control, and Electromechanical Systems which includes advanced engine controls. Research is focused on increasing energy efficiency, development of environmentally friendly technology, and reducing the negative impacts of technology on people.

Indiana Center for Database Systems

ICDS takes an interdisciplinary approach to both fundamental research and moving research toward practice in a wide variety of topics including multimedia databases, data mining, data streaming and sensors, database security and privacy, knowledge bases, web services, data integration, data uncertainty, bioinformatics, and medical informatics. Several large-scale, multi-year efforts bring research from ICDS and elsewhere to bear on real-world problems giving students training in data management techniques in much greater depth than is possible in the classroom.

Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning(INSPIRE)

INSPIRE is a synergistic research and learning institute established to investigate how students and teachers learn engineering, how parents and children engage with engineering in informal ways, how to instill a desire in students to learn about engineering, and how to increase the ability and interest of a diverse group of young people to become engineers. INSPIRE will provide a platform for strong dynamic partnerships that will support a vigorous and comprehensive effort to address the full spectrum of P-12 education pathways needed to create successful engineers. INSPIRE does research in four thrusts: (1) Teacher Research, (2) Student Learning Research, (3) Informal Learning Environment Research and (4) Assessment Research. INSPIRE is host of the Assessment Center for STEM with a particular focus in engineering.

Institute of Thermal-hydraulics

The institute is sponsored by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and focuses on research related challenges to nuclear-energy production.

Joint Transportation Research Program

Conducts research on planning, financing, design, construction, maintenance and operation of highways, including intelligent transportation systems and other issues related to the transportation infrastructure.

Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering

LORRE has provided leadership by adapting modern biotechnology, bioprocess engineering, and bioseparations to the transformation of renewable resources, agricultural commodities, and other bio-based materials into valuable products.

Maha Fluid Power Research Center

Research activities focus on two major areas - energy saving hydraulic drive and actuation systems and the development and optimization of pumps and motors by multi-domain computer simulation. Current activities in the system area include projects on new circuit solutions, hydraulic hybrid drives and power trains, mathematical modeling and simulation, advanced actuator and drive line control concepts as well as methods for online prognostics and condition monitoring for agricultural and other mobile machines.

National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center on Structured Organic Particulate Systems

Objectives are: Develop scientific foundation for optimal design of structured organic composite products for pharmaceutical, nutraceutical & agrochemical industries;Develop science and engineering methods for designing, scaling, optimizing and controlling relevant manufacturing processes; Demonstrate developed fundamentals on novel test beds. The ERC has four thrust areas: Materials formation & characterization, Design of Materials structuring operations, Structural characterization and modeling, and Integrated systems science.

Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN)

The Network for Computational Nanotechnology is a multi-university center sponsored by the National Science Foundation to develop models and simulation tools to predict behavior at the device, circuit, and system level for nanoelectronics, nanoelectromechanics, and nanobio systems. NCN's mission is to support and further the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) by designing, constructing, deploying, and operating a national cyber-resource for nanotechnology theory, modeling and simulation. To that end, NCN's mission is embodied in and driven by pioneering research, education, outreach, and support for nanotechnology community formation and growth. Each year over 240,000 people use


The mission of the center is to advance U.S. technology and expertise in the many disciplines comprising transportation through the mechanisms of education, research, and technology transfer. The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) has established one University Transportation Center (UTC) in each of the ten standard federal regions.

North Central Superpave Center

One of five Federal Highway Administration centers to specify, design and evaluate asphalt mixtures.

Oncological Sciences Center

Mission: to seek new opportunities, forge new partnerships, and nurture new relationships to advance cancer research beyond the laboratory.

Perception Based Engineering

Engineers are continuing to gain better understanding and control over the functionalities and features of systems and environments they design and manufacture.  As a result, perceptual quality and consistency are becoming necessities for engineered systems and environments.  The center is focused on developing methodology and tools to design and fabricate engineered systems/environments that exploit the modality of human perception to improve the overall system performance, quality and consistency.

PRISM: Production, Robotics and Integration Software for Manufacturing & Management

The general mission of the PRISM Center is the investigation, development, and experimentation of computer intelligence and information technologies to most effectively improve the performance and quality for distributed and collaborative production and service systems. PGRN (Purdue Global Research Network) integrates collaborative projects with affiliated PRISM labs and centers in four continents.

Purdue Agricultural Air Quality Lab

PAAQL specializes in odor assessment using olfactometry, chemical analyses using GC-MS-O, GC-ECD, GC-FID, and continuous emissions monitoring of ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, methane, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, and particulate matter. Our capabilities include state-of-the-art analytical equipment for samples to be analyzed on the premises, an environmentally controlled laboratory in which quality research can be performed under specific controlled settings, and mobile laboratories that allow on-site monitoring. We also collaborate with Animal Sciences on research at a 12-room swine environmental research building with full air quality monitoring and testing capabilities.

Purdue Center for Metal Casting Research

PCMC conducts interdisciplinary research and education programs to advance commercial metal casting practice and develop new commercial solidification processes. The Center couples a broad spectrum of experimental capabilities with advanced computational modeling of microstructure development during solidification. Strong emphasis is placed on the education of students and industry partners.

Purdue Homeland Security Institute

Aggressively grow interdisciplinary research to develop future leaders and inform policy that will enhance Homeland Security.

Purdue Institute for Competitive Manufacturing (PICM)

This center provides the infrastructure to facilitate the relationships between fundamental research, technology efforts, and start-up companies in multi-disciplinary manufacturing engineering areas.

Purdue University Rendering & Perceptualization Lab (PURPL)

PURPL develops techniques to effectively convey data through visual and other perceptual mechanisms to enable more effective engineering, discovery, and decision making.

Purdue Visualization and Analytics Center (PURVAC)

The Purdue Visualization and Analytics Center (PURVAC) objectives are to assist the Department of Homeland Security to develop visual analytics tools to increase the security and safety of our nation. PURVAC provides both research expertise and training and education programs. Our center will create educational programs with academia and industry to develop highly interdisciplinary skills that are essential to visual analytics research and development. In the programs, faculty and students become more effective contributors to the visual analytics research agenda through our network of international collaborators.

Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering

The Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering conducts research to catalyze the transformation of healthcare delivery systems by applying the principles of engineering, management, and science to healthcare system challenges. The Regenstrief Foundation provides core research funding, supporting the legacy of Sam Regenstrief’s vision: The continued improvement of the healthcare delivery system.

Rolls Royce University Technology Center in High Mach Propulsion

The center works on technologies pertinent to gas turbine propulsion systems required for high-speed flight. Fuel thermal management, fuel/air heat exchangers, endothermic fuels, and supercritical fuel injection are current areas of emphasis.

Security and Software Engineering Research Center

The mission of this center is to conduct a program of applied and basic research on software technology problems of interest to its members, and to provide a way for industry and non-NSF government agencies to give relatively small grants to researchers with low administrative overhead.

State Utility Forecasting Group

SUFG provides technical and policy analysis research related to electric power use and utility regulation.

Technical Assistance Program

The mission of the Purdue Technical Assistance Program (TAP) is to advance economic prosperity, health, and quality of life in Indiana and beyond. TAP provides technical assistance, performance improvement, and technology adoption through programs and services that utilize faculty, students, and staff in nine statewide offices. Employers served include companies, hospitals, health departments, and governmental units throughout the state. Impacts are considerable, and since 1986 TAP programs and services have assisted over 15,000 organizations, trained over 47,000 employees, created or retained over $1 billion in sales, increased capital investments by $325 million, contributed to cost savings of $140 million, and created or retained over 14,000 jobs in the state, according to the organizations that were assisted.

VACCINE - Visual Analytics for Command, Control, and Interoperability Environments

Our center develops new methods to aid homeland security personnel in the preparation, prevention, detection, response, and recovery efforts related to terrorist attacks as well as natural and manmade disasters. We specialize in turning the sea of digital data into effective information for action and decision making through the development of interactive visualization and analytical environments. VACCINE works closely with law enforcement agencies, emergency management agencies, first responders, and national government agencies, including the US Coast Guard, TSA and FEMA. VACCINE is a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence consisting of a network of twenty-nine universities headquartered at Purdue University.

Water Resources Research Center

This center funds research and serves as a resource and education center for water resource issues.

Zucrow Laboratories

Zucrow Labs has facilities for research in large-scale turbomachinery, basic fluid dynamics, atomization, and gas-turbine and rocket combustion at full-scale uni-element test conditions. Specialized facilities exist to support research in compressors, turbines, gas turbine combustors, atomization, water tunnels, rocket propulsion, and various propulsion applications.