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University of Notre Dame - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Research is conducted in the broad fields of aerospace sciences, mechanical systems, and the solid, thermal and fluid sciences. Specific topics include flow control, aero-optics, aero-acoustics, design optimization, orthopaedic implants and biomaterials, control of nonlinear systems, robotics, tribology, manufacturing, surface characterization, mechatronics, solid mechanics and vision-based control.

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Research is conducted in the broad fields of advanced ceramic materials, multiphase fluid dynamics, catalysis, reaction engineering, nonlinear dynamics, process control dynamics, molecular simulation, environmentally benign processing, biomaterials engineering and supercritical fluids.

Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

The department conducts research in the areas of structural dynamics and structural control, environmental engineering, mineralogy, biological waste treatment, numerical modeling and analysis, petrology, geochemistry,paleontology, wind and earthquake engineering, offshore mechanics and natural hazard mitigation and water resources.

Computer Science and Engineering

Research areas include biometrics, computer architecture, hardware/software co-design, VLSI design and test, computer vision, computer networks and systems, data mining, algorithms and theory of computation, high-performance computing, AI and robotics, bioinformatics, www services and technologies, and computer security.

Computer Science and Engineering

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Electrical Engineering

Research includes digital communication and coding theory, intelligent and embedded control systems, signal and image processing, microelectronics, nanoelectronics, microwave electronics, optoelectronic materials and devices MEMS, and wireless communications.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics

An interdisciplinary research initiative focused on developing diagnostic and therapeutic technologies for commercialization. AD&T researchers discover, design, and test micro- and nano-scale devices for precision medicine and environmental monitoring. These systems can capture and detect a few distinct molecules, providing more accurate information for medical diagnoses or environmental assessments.

Center for Environmental Science and Technology

As a cooperative effort between the Colleges of Engineering and Science, the center fosters interdisciplinary environmental research and education by providing cutting edge analytical technologies needed to address environmental problems.

Center for Flow Physics and Control

The center builds on existing funded research and historical precedent of the original Aero-lab and Hessert Center, while consolidating common core interests and abilities to address larger focussed efforts. The overarching theme is flow diagnostics, prediction and control, that involves a process loop of computation, experiment and modeling. There is a strong emphasis on industry partnerships to identify flow control applications that can have an immediate impact, be technologically viable, and of economic interest. Core areas consist of aero-acoustics, aero-optics, fluid-structure interactions, multi-phase flows, and intelligent flow control.

Center for Low Energy Systems Technology

The Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST) is a microelectronics research center funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support the continued growth and leadership of the U.S. semiconductor industry. Its research mission is to develop low-voltage and steep subthreshold swing components for beyond-CMOS electronic systems.

Center for Microfluidics and Medical Diagnostics

The Center for Microfluidics and Medical Diagnostics facilitates the transfer of ideas created at the University of Notre Dame in the areas of environmental sensors, medical diagnostics, and drug delivery to industrial partners.
Researchers are also developing new techniques for the preparation and delivery of therapeutic treatments of the future.

Center for Nanoscience and Technology

The Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) explores new device concepts and associated architectures that are enabled by novel phenomena on the nanometer scale. The Center catalyzes multidisciplinary research and education in nanoelectronics, molecular electronics, nano-bio and bio-fluidic microstructures, circuits, and architectures. The Center facilitates collaborations between participating faculty from the departments of electrical engineering, computer science and engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry and biochemistry and physics.

Center for Shock Wave Processing of Advanced Reactive Materials

The Center for Shock Wave Processing of Advanced Reactive Materials aims to predict the behavior of heterogeneous materials, specifically the dynamics of their shock induced chemo-thermo-mechanical transformations and resulting material properties. The center's full system demonstration problem is to simulate the shock-induced synthesis of a nickel-aluminum composite in a Taylor impact experiment. Moreover, through the adaptive Exascale simulations, center faculty aspire to predict conditions for synthesis of novel materials-by-design and provide prognoses of non-equilibrium structures that will form under shock wave processing. In particular, center faculty plan to identify conditions under which researchers can synthesize cubic boron nitride (c-BN). c-BN is not found in nature and therefore can only be produced synthetically. The hardness of c-BN is inferior only to diamond, but its thermal and chemical stability is superior. Because of these properties, c-BN surpasses diamond in high temperature mechanical applications. Shock synthesis of c-BN enabled by Exascale predictive computations with V&V/UQ will be a significant scientific achievement.

Center for the Materials Science of Actinides

One of the 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers established in 2009 by the Department of Energy Office of Science, the Center for the Materials Science of Actinides at the University of Notre Dame is composed of five universities and three national laboratories. Research in the center is focused on actinide-based materials and the properties of these materials in extreme environments, with a particular emphasis on energy-related issues.

Notre Dame Center for Sustainable Energy

The Center is a new initiative that unites researchers devoted to developing new energy technologies to meet a compelling national and international challenge. The work includes the study of energy efficiency in the internal combustion cycle, safe nuclear waste storage, clean coal utilization, CO2 separation, storage and usage and the use of renewable resources in newer ways.

Wireless Institute

Engages faculty from the departments of electrical engineering, computer science and engineering, sociology, and finance. A total of 12 faculty, more than 35 graduate students and post-doctoral researchers and two technical and administrative staff share $2 million in annual research funding, 4,000 square feet of laboratory space and $4 million in laboratory equipment. They will be studying the economic, social, and regulatory aspects of widespread wireless usage, as well as the significant demand for creating new technologies that make more efficient use of the radio spectrum.