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California Institute of Technology - 2016

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Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department


The programs emphasize the fundamentals underlying aerospace. Major groups include staff and graduate students interested in fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and applied aerodynamics, with a close interrelationship with the programs of the Jet Propulsion Center, Applied Mathematics, and Applied Mechanics. Facilities consist of wind tunnels with velocities ranging from the very slow to hypersonic speeds, shock tubes, a free-surface and high-speed water tunnel, and instrumentation/equipment for experimentation in structures and solid mechanics related to fracture/failure of composites and metals.

Applied Physics and Materials Science - APh

Research opportunities are offered in a wide variety of fields, such as solid-state physics, lasers and integrated optics, photonics, metals and alloys, plasma physics, fluid dynamics, electronic materials, computer simulation of materials, and biophysics. The program is intended for students with a strong interest in fundamental physics having technological applications.

Applied Physics and Materials Science -MS

Research is oriented toward fundamental phenomena that underlie the structure and properties of engineering materials. Emphasis is on the study of nonequilibrium metals, ceramics, and composites, but studies of other materials are encouraged through faculty members in other departments. Modern facilities for the preparation of materials include equipment for rapid quenching, physical vapor deposition, ion-beam bombardment, and shock-wave consolidation. Facilities for the characterization of materials include a 300 keV transmission electron microscope, a wide variety of X-ray diffraction equipment, Mossbauer spectrometers, and modern calorimetry equipment. Facilities for measuring the mechanical, magnetic, and electrical properties of materials are available.

Chemical Engineering

Research programs are conducted in air pollution and aerosol science, catalysis, zeolite synthesis, inorganic membranes, ceramics and electronic materials processing, statistical mechanics, dynamics of complex fluids, polymer rheology and polymer physics, biochemical engineering, multiphase flow, dynamics of gas-surface interactions, and nanoscale structures.

Computing and Mathematical Sciences - ACM

The program in applied mathematics emphasizes interdisciplinary studies and reflects the breadth of activity in applied mathematics at Caltech. In addition to basic and advanced study offered by the applied mathematics faculty, broad selections are available in mathematics, physics, engineering, and other such areas. Strong research programs cover nonlinear waves, perturbation theory, numerical analysis, fluid dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, scientific computation, computational materials science, and other areas.

Computing and Mathematical Sciences - CDS

In this interdisciplinary graduate program, theoretical research is conducted in all aspects of control and dynamical systems, with emphasis on robustness, multivariable and nonlinear systems, optimal control, decentralized control, modeling, and system identification for robust control. Applications areas include large flexible structures; mixing and transport processes in fluids; turbomachines and complex combustion systems; global bifurcation analysis and control of nonlinear systems, including strongly nonlinear and chaotic dynamics and mechanics; nonlinear flight dynamics for highly maneuverable aircraft; and robotic manipulation.

Computing and Mathematical Sciences - CS

Research emphases are in algorithms; communication protocols and concurrent computation; graphics and human-computer interaction; novel computational substrates, including quantum mechanical computers and molecular computers; VLSI systems, with a specific emphasis on asynchronous and analog VLSI; high-confidence systems, including fault tolerance, program verification and security; information theory; learning theory; and computer vision. Projects frequently involve connections with other disciplines such as Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Mechanics, Control and Dynamical Systems, and Electrical Engineering. Ph.D. students only.

Electrical Engineering - Computation & Neural Systems

This integrated approach to graduate study is designed to promote a broad knowledge of relevant aspects of molecular biology, biophysics, neurophysiology, and cellular and neuronal modeling; computational devices; CMOS integrated circuits; information theory; learning systems; neural networks; robotics; artificial like and complex systems. The program encourages interdisciplinary approaches to problems in biology, engineering and information theory that share a common deep structure at the computational level. This approach to information processing is combined with an appropriate depth of knowledge in the particular field of thesis research. Students take classes in biology, electrical engineering, and relevant mathematics. Ph.D. students only.

Electrical Engineering - Electrical

Electrical Engineering at Caltech emphasizes both electronics and systems. Closely allied with Computation and Neural Systems, Applied Physics, Computer Science, and Control and Dynamical Systems, it offers students the opportunity for study and research, both theoretical and experimental, in a wide variety of subjects, including wireless systems, quantum electronics, modern optics, lasers and guided waves, solid-state materials and devices, power electronics, control theory, learning systems, computational finance, signal processing, data compression, communications, parallel and distributed computing, fault-tolerant computing, and computational vision.

Environmental Science & Engineering

Research and instruction emphasize basic studies that underlie new solutions to challenging environmental problems, such as urban, regional, and global air quality; global change; ozone depletion; geochemistry; geophysics; water supply and water quality control; effective management of hazardous substances in the environment; and maintenance of stable ecosystems. Among the academic disciplines central to the program are atmospheric and aquatic chemistry, environmental fluid mechanics, microbiology, chemical engineering and aerosol physics and chemistry. Extensive laboratories and modern instrumentation are available in all areas. Graduate students from a variety of backgroungds, including undergraduate majors in biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and physics, among others, enter this program.

Mechanical and Civil Engineering - AM

Advanced work is offered in elasticity, plasticity, dynamics, and vibrations. Research areas include linear and nonlinear dynamical systems; random vibrations; structural dynamics and control; fluid-structure interaction; wave propagation in solids; problems of large deformation and material instability in solids; phase transformation in solids; fracture mechanics, including elastic, viscoelastic, and plastic fracture; failure of composite materials; and finite-element analysis.

Mechanical and Civil Engineering - CE

Advanced work is offered in structural engineering, earthquake engineering, hydrology, and coastal engineering. Research areas include the analysis of structures subjected to dynamic loadings, especially earthquake motions; the use of finite-element methods for structural analysis; seismic risk analysis and earthquake ground motion studies; system identification and control of structures; sediment transportation in streams; dispersion in turbulent shear flows; problems related to density-stratified fluids; generation, propagation, and coastal effects of tsunamis; pollutant transport in porous media; water reclamation; and the disposal of waste in the ocean.

Mechanical and Civil Engineering - ME

Graduate study emphasizes a broad coverage of such basic subjects as heat and energy transfer, thermodynamics, solid and fluid mechanics, kinematics, and dynamics, as well as interdisciplinary subjects, including engineering design, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and robotic systems. . Typical research projects have been concerned with convective heat transfer in complex fluid-solid systems, turbulent flows, aeroacoustics, numerical methods for fluid dynamics, turbomachines, cavitation, hydrofoils in unsteady flow, two-phase flows, aerosols, combustion, synthesis of thinfilm materials, development of computer-aided engineering design (CAED) theory and methodologies, microspacecraft propulsion systems, design of manipulator terminal devices, autonomous robotic systems, and control of mechanical systems.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Institute for Quantum Information

The Institute for Quantum Information (IQI) was founded to catalyze and stimulate research in Quantum Information Science (QIS). IQI sponsors a vigorous visiting scholars program, develops and teaches novel QIS-based courses, holds regular interdisciplinary seminars and workshops, mentors Ph.D. thesis research, and supports undergraduate research internships.

Jacobs Institute

The Jacobs Institute for Molecular Engineering for Medicine has been established to pursue biomedical research based on molecular engineering to invent the next generation of medicines and medical devices. The establishment of the Jacobs Institute, with the innovative research it undertakes, creates the potential to apply to medical problems the molecular techniques of modern chemical engineering, with the goal of creating therapeutic techniques and devices which can be produced in practical time frame.

Keck Institute for Space Studies

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) was established at Caltech in January 2008. The Institute is a "think and do tank," whose primary purpose is to bring together a broad spectrum of scientists and engineers for sustained technical interaction aimed at developing new space mission concepts and technology. The primary purpose of the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) is to develop new planetary, Earth, and astrophysics space mission concepts and technology by bringing together a broad spectrum of scientists and engineers for sustained scientific and technical interaction. This unique organization links the study elements of a think tank with the implementation elements of designing and developing prototypes. The Institute is centered on the intellectual, instrumentation, and research strengths of Caltech and JPL " and augments those strengths by inviting external experts from academia, government, and industry to engage in its programs.

The Kavli Nanoscience Institute of Technology (KNI)

The Information Science and Technology (IST) initiative a Institute-wide intellectual and educational activity that focuses on information as a core discipline. Building on an interdisciplinary foundation, IST combines research and teaching activities ranging from the fundamental theoretical underpinnings of information to the science and engineering of novel information substrates, biological circuits, and complex social systems.

The Resnick Institute for Science, Energy and Sustainability

The mission of the Resnick Institute is to foster transformational advances in energy science and technology through research, education and communications.

The Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Global Environmental Science

The Rosen Center for Bioengineering was established in 2008 to
advance both basic scientific exploration and development of
engineering analysis and synthetic approaches. Innovations in these areas are resulting in rugged and inexpensive diagnostic devices, in new insights into the functioning of the heart, and in the engineering of molecular devices capable of recognizing and responding to disease processes in individual cells.

The Rosen Center for Bioengineering

The Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Global Environmental Science was founded in 2008 to address the complex issue of global climate change from a wide range of disciplines. The Center unites faculty from chemistry, engineering, geology, environmental science, and other fields. Many of the faculty members associated with the center teach and research in Caltech's Environmental Science and Engineering Department - a multidivisional program of graduate and undergraduate study.