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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

Multidisciplinary analysis and design of advanced aircraft configurations including HSCT. Research in aircraft guidance, control, handling qualities, and human pilot modeling. High speed flow research involving computer simulations and supersonic injection and mixing for scramjets. Wind-tunnel experiments involving wing-tip vortices and wing-body junctures. Computer-aided design of large ocean stuctures, ships, submarines, and semi-submersibles.

Biological Systems Engineering

BSE emphasizes research in two areas - Land and Water Resource Engineering and Bioprocess Engineering. Land and Water Resource Engineering deals with the development and use of computer simulation models, geographic information systems, and field monitoring techniques for understanding hydrologic and water quality processes. Bioprocess Engineering deals with the develpoment and use of processes to convert renewable resources into food and nonfood products.

Biomedical Engineering & Mechanical Science

Faculty research focuses on the improvement of human and animal health through cooperative advancement in engineering, science and medicine.

Chemical Engineering

The production of therapeutic proteins using transgenic animals and the subsequent purification of the proteins. The design synthesis and characterization of catalysts for environmental applications. The development of polymeric membranes for novel separations. Ultrahigh Vacuum surface science studies of the catalytic chemistry of transition metal compound surfaces. The applications of non-Newtonian fluid mechanics to the processing of polymeric systems. And more.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research focuses on the disciplines of construction engineering and management; environmental engineering; geodetic positioning systems; geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; hydraulics and water resources; infrastructure assessment and management; advanced civil engineering materials; structural engineering, and advanced traffic planning and management, including both highway and air transportation systems.

Computer Science

Opportunities exist to pursue research with faculty working in the following areas: algorithms, bioinformatics, computer-aided education, digital libraries, grid computing, high performance computing, human-computer interaction, simulation, software engineering, and virtual environments.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research in the EE department is ongoing in the following areas: optical fiber communications, mobile and portable radio, signal processing, computer architecture and networks, computer vision, knowledge based systems, VLSI and fault-tolerance, VDHL, control theory, robotics, motor drives, vibration and acoustic supression, antennas and propogation, optical information processing, fiber and electro-optics, time domain measurement, materials characterization, radio physics, radar, and more.

Engineering Education

Faculty conduct cutting-edge research and scholarship, primarily in the emerging discipline of Engineering Education, simultaneously developing and delivering meaningful and memorable learning experiences for future engineers and educators.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Engineering related research focuses on: materials handling; robotics and automation; flexible manufacturing; manufacturing processes; pollution prevention and waste minimization; human/machine interfacing; vehicle-based driver status/performance monitoring; speech recognition technology in automotive controls; human/computer interaction; evaluation of hearing protectors, andcommunication devices; safety engineering; visual and auditory displays; wheelchair power assist design; etc.

Materials Science and Engineering

Faculty in the MSE Department conduct engineering and science related research on the development, processing, fabrication, and characterization of metals, ceramics, polymers, biomaterials, composite materials of all types, and electronic and optical materials for applications such as functional or structural elements in engineered systems such as microelectronics, computer memory chips, automotive metal replacements, diesel and internal combustion engine components, fiber optics, etc.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering research encompasses many activities related to energy, design, and application of materials. Faculty of the Department currently have programs in vibrations and acoustics, intelligent materials, combustion, energy management including HVAC, heat transfer, atmospheric science and engineering, tribology, modal analysis, laser vibrometry and FEM, computer aided design, rapid prototyping and manufacturing, alternate fuel and hybrid automobiles, fuel cell technology, controls and mechatronics, robotics, microwave processing, rotor dynamics including magnetic bearings, and turbomachinery design and system modeling.

Mining and Minerals Engineering

Engineering related research focuses on computer modeling and simulation of mining systems, evaluation of rock mass characteristics for mine design, prediction and control of hazardous ground control conditions, design of jet fans, prevention of underground explosions and mine fires, application of flotation techniques in plant design, design and control of communication systems, mine waste minimization, expert systems in environmental management.

Myers-Lawson School of Construction

Faculty research in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction strives to lead the change towards facilities that produce a net contribution to our environment and society. This includes integrating elements related to livability, safety, performance, energy consumption, sustainability, operation, and salvage. The school's research is designed to take a leading role in growing a construction community that will address the interface issues that are critical to the long term success of the built environment and our industry.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Institute for Critical Technologies and Applied Sciences

The Institute for Critical Technologies and Applied Sciences research focuses on the areas of nanotechnology, sustainability, cognition and communication, and cellular and molecular biology.

Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory

The Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory is pursuing an advanced research and development program for interaction-based modeling, simulation, and associated analysis, experimental design, and decision support tools for understanding large biological, information, social, and technological systems.