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Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

The department conducts research in the following major areas: Aeronautics; Astronautics; Theoretical and Applied Mechanics; Computational Engineering and Science, and Applied Mathematics. For more information about this department and for links to affiliated research centers, visit website: .

Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is a leading unit in internationally known research and education in the biomedical field. This research impacts on treatment of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, eye and neurological diseases and others, thus improving the quality of life of our patients. For more information about this department and for links to affiliated research centers, visit website: .

Chemical Engineering

Students are trained by world-class faculty engaged in research addressing major societal challenges in energy, human health, manufacturing and sustainability-research that is used in practice and creates start-up companies and jobs. The department conducts research in the areas of advanced materials, polymers & nanotechnology; biotechnology; energy; environmental engineering; modeling & simulation; and process engineering. For more information about this department and for links to affiliated research centers, visit website: .

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

The department conducts research in the following major areas:
Structural engineering; Geotechnical engineering; Construction engineering and project management; Environmental and water resources engineering; Transportation engineering; Building energy and environments; Mechanics, uncertainty, and simulation in engineering; and Infrastructure materials engineering. Major thrust areas include energy (conservation, infrastructure, renewables, links to water), water (hydrology, resource management, treatment, reuse, links to energy), and cities (growth, infrastructure, and connections to water and energy).For more information about this department and for links to affiliated research centers, visit website: and follow on twitter @UT_CAEE.

Computer Science

The department is strong in many research areas of Computer Science, including Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; Model Driven Engineering; Computer Architecture; Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Natural Computation; Formal Methods; Graphics and Visualization; Operating Systems, Distributed Systems, and Networking; Programming Languages and Implementation; Scientific Computing; Security; and Theoretical Computer Science. For more information, please visit the website:

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The department conducts research in the following major areas:
Integrated circuit and system design, including digital, analog, mixed-signal, and RF CMOS ICs for a variety of applications, verification and testing techniques for analog, digital and RF ICs, CAD tools for design and analysis, and biochips; Computer engineering, including computer architecture and embedded processors--the interface between the hardware and software in computer systems, ranging from supercomputers to servers to desktop computers to notebooks to handheld computers--and software engineering and systems, including architecting, designing, building, testing, analyzing, evaluating, deploying, maintaining and evolving software systems; energy systems, including the production, distribution, and use of electric energy; Decision, Information, & Communications Engineering, including networking, communications, signal, Image and video processing, computer vision, machine learning, big data, controls and systems; Plasma, quantum electronics, and optics, including plasma dynamics, quantum-optic and photonic devices, and plasma processing of semiconductors; and Microelectronics, including the development and improvement of electronic, optoelectronic and micro- and nano-electromechanical devices for a variety of applications. For more information about this department and for links to affiliated research centers, visit website: .


Interdisciplinary programs include the Biomedical Engineering Program (see Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Materials Science and Engineering (see Mechanical Engineering).

Mechanical Engineering

The department conducts research in the following major areas:
Dynamic Systems and Control; Manufacturing and Design, Materials Science and Engineering; Thermal/fluid Systems; Nuclear and Radiation Engineering; Operations Research and Industrial Engineering; and Biomechanical engineering. Some of the major mechanical engineering-based interdisciplinary research areas include: Clean Energy Technology, Nano and Microscale Systems, Robotics and Intelligent Mechanical Systems, Biomedicine Engineering, Computational Engineering, Combustion and Thermal Transport Phenomena, Theoretical and Applied Acoustics, Analytics and Probabilistic Modeling, and Engineering Education. For more information about this department and for links to affiliated research centers, visit website: .

Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

The department conducts research in the following major areas:
Reservoir engineering and Improved Oil Recovery; Unconventional and Conventional Natural Gas Engineering; Drilling and Completions; Remote Control and Automation of Drilling Operations; Formation Evaluation and Petrophysics; Production Engineering; CO2 Sequestration; Engineering Geology and Hydrology. For more information about this department and for links to affiliated research centers, visit website:

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Applied Research Laboratories

Applied Research Laboratories (ARL) is a research unit that has been associated with the university since 1945, Throughout its history, ARL has been engaged in a sponsored research program dedicated to improving our national security through applications of acoustics, electromagnetics, and information sciences. Areas of research include: Sonar system development, advanced signal processing, sonar performance analysis, biomedical & industrial applications, global positioning system, ionospheric research, high precision positioning, high frequency radio, data mining, network security, information assurance, and modeling and simulation. For more information please visit website:

Bureau of Economic Geology

In addition to functioning as the State Geological Survey of Texas, the Bureau conducts research focusing on the intersection of energy, the environment, and the economy, where significant advances are being made tackling tough problems globally. The Bureau partners with federal, state, and local agencies, academic institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, and foundations to conduct high-quality research and disseminate the results to the scientific and engineering communities as well as to the broad public. Bureau researchers spearhead basic and applied research projects around the world; among them, research in energy resources and economics, coastal and environmental studies, land resources and use, geologic and mineral mapping, hydrogeology, geochemistry, and subsurface nanotechnology. For further information, please visit website:

Bureau of Engineering Research

BER provides administrative support and oversees research within the Cockrell School of Engineering. The Bureau promotes scholarly faculty research completed either independently or within organized research centers in the school. The Bureau supports and fosters multi-disciplinary research in the areas of Reinventing Human Health through Engineering; Leading Revolution in Manufacturing; Innovating for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability; Advancing Intelligent Systems and Man-Machine Symbiosis. For more information please visit website: .

Center for Electromechanics

The mission of the Center for Electromechanics is to perform leading edge basic and applied research in electrical and mechanical engineering, with a special emphasis on applied engineering leading to prototype development in electromechanical devices and systems with high specific power, force, and/or energy storage or other unique attributes. Imbedded in this mission is educating and developing students and CEM staff members into engineering leaders of tomorrow. For more information please visit website: .

Center for Energy & Environmental Resources

Areas of research include: Indoor and ambient air quality monitoring and modeling; Solutions to energy and environmental challenges; and Improvement in chemical separations technologies. Research programs include: Air Resources Engineering; Process energetics; Process Science & technology; Air quality and atmospheric chemistry; and the Texas Institute for the Indoor Environment. For more information please visit website: .

Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures & Materials

Areas of research include: Material characterization of solid propellants; Material characterization of shape memory alloys; Superplasticity; Mechanics of Ice; Viscoelastic and Hydroelastic Behavior of Composites; Interfacial Fracture; Crack Growth Mechanisms; Hydraulic Fracture for Enhancement of Oil Recovery; Forming Problems in Aluminum Extrusions for Automotive Applications; Mechanical Characterization of Particulate Composites; Mechanical Behavior of Metals at High Temperatures; Viscoelasticity and the Mechanical Behavior of Elastomers; Cyclic Plasticity and the Degradation of Structures Under Cyclic Load Faculty. For more information please visit website: .

Center for Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering

As listed on , the current areas of research are 1. Drilling and Well Completions, 2. Environmental engineering, 3. Fundamental Processes, 4. Integrated Reservoir Characterization, 5. Natural Gas Engineering, 6. Nanoparticle Engineering for Subsurface Processes, 7. Production Engineering, 8. Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery, 9. Formation Evaluation, 10. Geological CO2 Storage, 11. Reservoir Simulation, 12. Hydraulic Fracturing and Sand Control, 13. Improved Heavy Oil Recovery, 14. Well Deliverability in Gas Condensate Reservoirs, 15. Gas Flooding.

Center for Space Research

The Center conducts research on the design of satellites, sensors, actuators, and payload instruments used to explore the Earth and planets; mission design and satellite operation, including autonomous operations and control of pico-satellite clusters. Develops and applies satellite data analysis systems for precision orbit determination and predictions, spacecraft guidance and targeting, and space geodesy applications. Utilizes laser ranging, satellite laser and radar altimeters, GPS and other radiometric and optical ranging techniques for navigation and precision orbit determination applications and to study the geophysical properties of Earth and the planets. Uses near real-time satellite remote sensing to study the Earth's oceans, ice and land surface changes and to support emergency response and recovery operations during natural and man-made disasters. Use of satellite data to map the Earth's gravity field and to understand the temporal changes in the context of Earth system dynamics. For more information please visit website: or .

Center for Transportation Research

Areas of research expertise include: Transportation Economics; MultiModal Systems; Traffic Congestion Relief; Transportation Policy; Freight & Rail; Transportation Materials; Bridges & Structures; Public Transit; Environmental Impacts; Driver Behavior; Accessibility. For more information please visit website: .

Center for Water and the Environment

Areas of research include: Water sustainablity and watershed management; Water and energy systems; Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and water allocation research; Landscape dynamics; Groundwater surface water interactions; Water quality research; Fate and transport of hazardous and radioactive wastes; Assess, track and manage environmental pollution; Methods of treating drinking water and analyzing sublethal toxins; Treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater, wastes, and sludges; Enhanced biore mediation and physico-chemical remediation techniques. CWE also contains the new established Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management, which will develop and improve open source water infrastructure models and share tools and research findings to assist local communities and stakeholders. For more information please visit website:

Construction Industry Institute

Areas of research include: Creating Standards for Industry-wide Quality Metrics; PDRI Toll for Small Infrastructure Projects; Safety Performance through Operational Discipline; Definition and Measurement of Engineering/Design Deliverable Quality; Using Precursor Analysis to Prevent Low-frequency High-impact Events, including Fatalities; Improving Project Progress and Performance Assessment; Finding Leading Indicators to Prevent Premature Starts, and Assuring Uninterrupted Construction; Future Construction Needs of Virtual Design Models; Best Practices for Succession Planning; Maximizing Virtual Team Performance in the Construction Industry; The Role of Frontline Supervision in Improving Construction Productivity and Performance; Assessing the Maturity and Accuracy of FEED to Support Phase-gate Approvals; Measuring the Productivity of Model-based Engineering; Transition Management Between Construction Completion, Pre-commissioning, Commissioning and Operations; Best Practices for Preventing Out-of-sequence Construction Activities and Minimizing their Impacts; Improving the U.S. Workforce Development System; Corporate Best Practices for Successful Productivity Improvement Programs; Integrated Project Delivery for Industrial Projects, and Improved Integration of the Supply Chain in Materials Planning and Work Packaging. For more information please visit CII's website: .

Institute for Computational Engineering & Sciences

ICES is an organized research unit created to foster the development of interdisciplinary programs in computational sciences and engineering, mathematical modeling, applied mathematics, software, engineering, and computational visualization. Research focuses on solving Grand Challenge problems that could potentially impact the quality of life and well-being of every person in the United States. For more information please visit website: .

Microelectronics Research Center

Areas of research include: New device & integrated circuit structures; Studies of hot electron transport in small geometry devices & physics of scaled devices; Device processing including diffusion, lithography, rapid thermal processing, plasma etching, remote plasma and thermal chemical vapor deposition of silicon and related film; Advanced crystal growth of compound semiconductor materials; New device structures for optoelectronic and photonic applications and for microwave and millimeter wave devices; New approaches to device packaging and interconnects including optical interconnects. For more information please visit website:

Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies

The Center (NASCENT) develops high throughput, reliable and versatile nanomanufacturing systems and associated processes through transformative research, education of leaders and global and industrial engagement that will revolutionize future generations of mobile computing and energy devices. Research thrusts include: Patterning -- top-down fabrication of nano-scale structures with exquisite control of feature size and shape; Functional Materials -- processable materials for devices and machines, including directed self-assembly of block co-polymers and nanoparticles; Metrology & Yield Enhancement -- sub-wavelength optical nanometrology for real-time nanomanufacturing feedback and fault diagnostics, validated uncertainty quantification models for scale-up and process control. For further information, see website:

Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory

Areas of research include: Radiation effects on materials; Neutron and prompt gamma activation analysis; Radioisotope production; Nuclear non-proliferation and international security; Nuclear fuel cycle; Nuclear Forensics; Environmental chemistry; Nuclear instrumentation; Neutron imaging; Neutron depth profiling; Radioactive waste management; Health physics applications; Modeling of environmental pathways. For more information please visit website: .

Phil M. Ferguson Structural Engineering Lab

The Ferguson Laboratory's activities include sponsored structural engineering research in traditional and innovative areas. Results from physical testing, combined with state-of-the-art analytical models, are used to evaluate the behavior and design of concrete, steel, timber, masonry, and composite structures. Special applications include the performance of buildings, bridges, nuclear power plants, and offshore structures, and the repair and rehabilitation of structures. The Ferguson Laboratory is an integral part of the Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering Department. Each year, FSEL employs approximately 60 graduate and undergraduate research assistants. The research results are translated into practice by the active participation of the faculty in code and specification committees. For more information please visit website:

Texas Institute of Drug & Diagnostics Development

Texas Institute of Drug & Diagnostics Development (TI-3D) facilitates and provides coordination of the translational medical therapeutic and diagnostic research efforts between education institutions and industrial companies. Researchers collaborate closely at the institutional level with medical researchs at the forefront of medical science and interface with the commercial sector at an early stage of research to foster the speedy development of breakthroughs into products that will help patients. For more information, please see .

Texas Materials Institute

Areas of research include: Metals, ceramics, and polymers; energy materials; nanomaterials, structural materials, electronic materials, magnetic materials, and photonic materials; solar cells, fuel cells, batteries, and thermoelectrics; computational materials science; ceramic, solution-based, and high-pressure syntheses; thin films and electronic packaging; X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, surface characterization, spectroscopy, and mechanical property measurement. For more information please visit website: