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West Virginia University - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical Engineering

Fundamental research in areas including, biomedical engineering, bionanotechnology, stem cells, systems biology, proteomics. Modeling of integrated gasification combined cycle plants, catalysis, materials, fluidization, polymers, reaction engineering and tissue engineering. Applied research in preparation of high-temperature sensors, biosensors, and opto-electronic devices; production of commodity chemicals, foam, fuels, and pitch from coal; nanocomposites; and characterization of composite materials, flowing solid particles, and natural-gas hydrates. Plant cell culture and renewable bioresource technology. Fuel cells. Production of synthesis gas and reactions with systhesis gas. Removal of toxic elements from coal.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research is being conducted in composite materials for infrastructure,
transportation planning, design, transportation operations, pavement
modeling, and environmental treatment. Engineering of existing treatment processes; enhanced sludge management; novel treatment and/or use of treated waters towards value-added applications advanced materials such as: fiber reinforced plastics for bridge decks and reinforcements for concrete and wood, high performance concrete/steel and manufacturing issues; structural systems including innovative bridge designs using high performance materials and concepts, nondestructive testing; and infrastructure instrumentation; pavement modeling; highway safety; pedestrian and bicycle facilities; truck parking and classification; numerical methods in geomechanics; flow through porous media; buried pipes and reinforced pavements.

Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Basic applied research is conducted in the areas of signal and image processing, information assurance, computer forensics, biometric systems, algorithms and computing systems, software engineering, control and power systems, electro-mechanical systems, wireless communications, wireless sensor networks, electronic and photonic micro/nano devices, computer forensics and virtual environments.

Industrial and Management Systems Engineering

Research is conducted in areas including production planning and control, quality, reliability, operations research, ergonomics, ventilation, worker exposure assessment, safety, data mining, CAD/CAM, robotics, logistics, supply chain management, and transportation planning.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Fundamental and applied research is conducted in energy systems, alternative fuels, aerodynamics, biomedical engineering, fluid dynamics, combustion, metallurgy, mechanical design, solid mechanics, structures, materials science and engineering. Engine emission studies are world class.

Mining Engineering

Research conducted includes the control of surface subsidence damage due to longwall mining, computer modeling of coal pillar stability and methods for coal pillar recovery.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Fundamental and applied research is conducted in fluid flow in porous media, reservoir characterization, application of artificial intelligence to enhance stimulation design, predicting the performance of gas reservoirs and storage fields performance.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Advanced Power Engineering Research Center

Research focuses on optimization of power networks to enhance efficiency, economy and reliability.

Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions

Research includes studies of engines, vehicles, fuels and emissions to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions of harmful pollutants.

Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development

Research includes issues of productivity, management, training and team building to assist organizations to operate more effectively.

Center for Identification Technology Research

Research focuses on the development of biometric identification technology and associated information assurance Techniques.

Center for Industrial Research Applications

Develop new technology, merge diverse technology into new solutions, and develop new applications for emerging technologies.

Coal and Energy Research Bureau

Development of new, safer and more economical ways to mine and transport coal. Evaluate environmental problems created through the use and production of coal. Develop new uses and markets for coal, other energy fuels and allied minerals. Develop greater efficiency and conservation in the mining and mineral industries, and make such tests and investigations as may be required by the Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training in the prosecution of its work. Conduct such experiments, tests and activities as will promote the development of the mineral industries in the state.

Computational Fluid Dynamics and Applied Multi-Physics Center

The Center was established to promote research at WVU in the field of fluid mechanics with emphasis on turbulent flows, combustion and multiphase turbulent flows, using high performance computing.

Constructed Facilities Center

Research on composite materials for infrastructure and nondestructive testing is conducted.

Energy Materials Science and Engineering

Energy Materials are materials for energy conversion, storage, utilization, saving, efficiency and environment protection.

Harley O. Staggers National Transportation Center

Research includes pavement modeling and design, transportation planning, design and operations, infrastructure management, and aviation operations and safety.

Industrial Assessment Center

Focuses on assisting manufacturers to reduce energy usage, and educating students on energy efficiency.

Local Transportation Assistance Program

Focus on assisting local road agencies by training workers and others in current methods and procedures dealing with maintenance and safety.

Microelectronic Systems Research Center

Research focuses on defining, improving, and incorporating emerging microelectronic and photonic technologies within advanced systems.