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The University of Alabama in Huntsville - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical and Materials Engineering

There are two main areas of research in the department: Materials engineering and Biotechnology. Materials engineering includes research in ceramics, development of materials in space, deposition of ultra-thin films for micro- and nano-technology, and the development of bio-compatible coatings for implants. Biotechnology includes research on enzymatic reactions, bioseparations, protein behavior at interfaces, biosensors, adhesion promoters on metallic surfaces for bio-compatible materials. There is also a strong component of research in multi phase flow systems, both theoretically and experimentally.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The faculties performs research in a variety of areas, including water quality management, high speed impact analysis, advanced composite materials/structures, hazardous waste treatment, traffic engineering, structural repair and rehabilitation, earthquake engineering, waste resources planning and management, bridge analysis and design and advanced concrete technology.

Computer Science

Image, audio, video, and volume data processing and visualization are core areas of expertise in the department. We especially focus on real and simulation data for various production areas. In Modeling and Simulation research Human behavior modeling, Combat modeling and modeling of engineering systems are areas of specific interest. Significant work is also being done in the areas of Software metrics, conceptual graphs, and formal methods.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering related: Advanced Computer Architectures and Systems, Distributed Computing, Fault Tolerant Computing and Verification, High Performance Computing, Informational Assurance, Network Computing and Security, Parallel Processing, Safety Critical Systems, Real-time Physiological Monitoring, and Software Engineering. Electrical Engineering related: Biometrics, Computational Electro-Magnetics, Controls and Dynamic Systems, Digital Signal and Image Processing, Radar Systems, Nano-electronics, Micro Electro-Mechanical (MEMs) Systems, Wireless and Ultra-Wideband Communications, and Nanofabrication. Optical Engineering related: Advanced Optical Fabrication Technology, Bioâ€"photonics, Computational Imaging, Nano-photonics and Plasmonics, Nonlinear Optics, Optical Testing, Liquid Crystal Technology, Space-based Laser Systems, and Ultra-fast Optic Systems

Industrial and Systems Engineering & Engineering Management

Areas of research interests and projects include manufacturing systems analysis (simulation, ergonomics, facility layout), organization culture assessment and change, composite material design and processing for industrial applications, and cost estimation simulation of chemical weapons destruction.


Interdisciplinary research areas in materials cross link several department in College of Sciences including Chemistry, Biology and Physics. The range of research covers surface characterization, bio-fuel characterization, inter-facial phenomena, opto-electronic materials, energetic materials, polymer synthesis/engineering, and micro fluid based bio-sensing.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The range of research interests of the faculty include fluid and solid mechanics, heat transfer, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, applied optics, experimental mechanics, space plasma, controls, combustion, and propulsion.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Applied Optics

The Center for Applied Optics (CAO) advances optical science and engineering research and development in support of high technology educational, industrial and government interests and requirements. The center includes eleven faculty and staff, with twenty-three affiliated faculty and staff from UAHuntsville's academic departments. The CAO provides optical and optomechanical design and analysis, optical fabrication including diamond turning and both standard and CNC polishing, optical metrology, holography, and testing and prototyping of state-of-the-art optical components and systems. Center researchers are exploring unique applications of optics for numerous space, military and industrial uses. Experienced research personnel and extensive laboratory resources make the CAO uniquely qualified to perform state-of-the-art research.

Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education

The UAH Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education (CCRE) provides solutions to difficult cybersecurity research problems for government, industry, and academia. The CCRE also launches academic efforts to develop and teach cybersecurity education courses, provide workforce development for students, and support cybersecurity scholarships for both Army reservists and CyberCorps students. The CCRE achieves its activities through collaborations with NSA, NIST, NSF, U.S. Army, and small businesses in Huntsville.

Center for Management and Economic Research

The UAHuntsville Center for Management and Economic Research provides customized sustainable solutions and offers training or implementation by utilizing lean enterprise, sustainable manufacturing & energy conservation best practices, innovation support, six sigma, and quality systems through our partnership with Alabama Technology Network (UAH-ATN).The Alabama Technology Network is Alabama’s affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), which provides hands-on assistance and training to smaller companies.

Center for Modeling, Simulation & Analysis

The Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis (CMSA) is a research and development center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. CMSA’s work centers on modeling and simulation and systems engineering. CMSA has broad capabilities in both of those disciplines, with special expertise in the areas of Modeling and Simulation (Physics-based modeling, Model validation methodologies, Spacecraft propulsion modeling, Simulation interoperability and composability, Discrete event simulation, Mathematical modeling and analysis, Finite element modeling and computational fluid dynamics, and Modeling and simulation education) and Systems Engineering (System-level modeling for design analysis and trade studies, Using modeling and simulation in the systems engineering process, Systems engineering methods, Technical team performance, and Systems-level spacecraft propulsion system design). The projects have been sponsored by NASA, the U. S. Army, the U. S. Navy, DARPA, and others.

Center for Space Plasma & Aeronomic Research

The Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) explores the role plasma plays in the universe and galaxy, stars, in space, and in planetary atmospheres. We used advanced theory, modeling and computation, observations and experiments to explore topics as diverse as cosmic and terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, the physics of the solar wind, the local interstellar medium, solar physics, and energetic particles. CSPAR has instrument development programs for both space-based and in-situ observations.

Earth System Science Center

UAH's Earth System Science Center (ESSC) was created to encourage interdisciplinary study of the Earth as an integrated system across traditional boundaries. It has a diverse scientific staff, including atmospheric scientists, biologists, geologists, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists. The ESSC is involved in several areas of Earth System research focusing on the basic science of the earth-atmosphere system. Scientists are involved in the evaluation of global-scale climate models, regional studies of the coupled atmosphere/ocean/ice systems, regional severe weather detection and prediction, measuring the local and global impact of the aerosols and pollutants, detecting lightning from space and the general development of remotely-sensed data bases. A cross-cutting strength of ESSC scientists is the application of remote sensing data, both space and ground-based, to the myriad of questions related to the Earth System.

Information Technology & Systems Center

The Information Technology and Systems Center (ITSC) conducts multidisciplinary research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in many facets of information technology. Basic and applied research is performed to develop new techniques and systems that ultimately solve real-world problems by the transfer of innovative technologies and knowledge. Students, faculty and research scientists are involved in all aspects of the center. ITSC serves as the focal point for UAH research endeavors in information technology and systems and provides leadership in applications of information technology for multiple disciplines and computational environments.
The center is actively involved in local, state, regional, national and international information technology activities and serves as a catalyst in innovative pursuits in information technology. In support of these activities, the center is currently performing research and development in the areas of distributed information systems, next generation internet, data mining and knowledge discovery, information system interoperability, image processing and data security.

Propulsion Research Center

The Propulsion Research Center is nationally recognized resource for fundamental and applied research, with state-of-the-art test facilities. The capabilities of the Propulsion Research Center are classified into the following research areas: Systems Engineering (Launch vehicle architectures, Missile design, and Propulsion technology gap analysis), Advanced Propulsion(Electric, Solar, and other advanced technologies), Classic Propulsion(Solid, Liquid, and Hybrid components and systems), Modeling and Simulation(Advanced analysis and CFD code development and applications), and Propulsion Education(Support for college courses, Short courses, and Outreach events).

Research Institute

Research Institute, including the subordinate Aerophysics Research Center, carries out applied research and engineering programs, principally to meet the needs of Department of Defense customers, but with significant related work for NASA and private industry. Many Research Institute efforts are carried out in close cooperation with customers, on site at government laboratories, The Institute staff has expertise in technologies related to system development and acquisition. These include systems engineering and project management, technical risk assessment and software engineering. In addition, the Research Institute staff has expertise in the development and management of international projects and in organisational design and the management of technical professionals. The Institute operates a laboratory for studying the interactions of a vehicle with its environment at high velocity and has the capability to measure high velocity impact phenomena.
The Aerophysics Research Center (ARC) operates three two-stage light gas gun systems which provide a variety of capabilities to investigate the interactions of a high speed vehicle and its environment. The two major areas of application for this facility are in phenomenology related to hypervelocity impact (speeds at or greater than 2500 meters/sec or 8200 feet/sec ) and hypersonic flight (speeds at or greater than Mach 5) in variable atmospheres. The gun systems utilize a fully enclosed flight range and are operated in a large high bay which provides for an all weather test capability.

Rotocraft Systems Engineering & Simulation

The Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center (RSESC) is a multifaceted research center focused on applied engineering and the Systems Engineering techniques to enhance project success. RSESC brings proven, unparalleled capabilities in systems engineering, rapid prototyping, system analysis, integration and fabrication. RSESC skills include: system design and development, analytical analysis in CFD and mechanical fields, reverse engineering, data analysis, trade studies, systems engineering, systems integration, non-destructive testing and independent verification, analysis and review.The personnel of this center have been designing, manufacturing, testing and creating the necessary documentation for atmospheric and space flight and laboratory hardware. RSESC has developed high quality systems to meet the needs of the many Department of Defense (DoD) and National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) customers. The center’s past experience in systems implementation and materials research has allowed the RSESC to provide support to the Army and NASA in the areas of product development, analysis and testing all engineering fields.
Center Capabilities IncludeFlight Payload Development, Materials Research and Development, Product Development and Optimization, Propulsion Design, Space Mission Analysis, Design, and Fabrication, Statistical Analysis/Design Analysis, and Systems and Payloads Safety Analysis.

Systems Management & Production Center

The UAH SMAP Center provides expertise, leadership, and support to the Army, NASA, other government agencies, and private sector organizations. The center serves the Army by not only providing knowledge to resolve current issues, but also as a critical link between local university students and the future roles they will eventually fill. The capabilities of the SMAP Center include Students Working at the Army in Parallel (SWAP) Program (Collaborative Engineering training and support, and Technical workshop administration), Homeland Defense/Security applications(Threat evaluation and sensor systems and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) support), Engineering analysis(Computer networking administration and support & Web-based and database application development), and Advanced modeling, visualization and animation (Unmanned systems integration & Military testing and logistics support).