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Virginia Commonwealth University - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program offers both the Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Engineering. Students pursue courses and research in a variety of areas that include regenerative medicine, rehabilitation engineering, musculoskeletal biomechanics, cell and matrix biomechanics and tissue engineering, nanomedicine, artificial heart technologies, medical imaging, speech recognition, and bioacoustics. This experience is important for future career goals in research or in industry. Each Master of Science student must successfully complete a thesis describing his or her individualized research project. The student must then undergo an examination by his or her advisory committee of the research, thesis documentation, and underlying educational foundation necessary to have successfully completed the research. Each Doctor of Philosophy student must successfully complete written and comprehensive exams in the department, defend his or her proposed individualized research project, and complete a dissertation on the research project. The student must then undergo an examination by his or her advisory committee of the research, dissertation documentation, and underlying educational foundation necessary to have successfully completed the research.

Chemical and Life Science Engineering

The Chemical and Life Science Engineering track is designed for students who are interested in applying engineering principles toward contemporary topics including process design, metabolic engineering, stem cell engineering, systems biology, pharmaceutical engineering, nanotechnology and functional materials, the design, processing and characterization of high-performance polymers, energy conversion and environmental sustainability.
Major emphasis is placed on chemical engineering fundamentals with additional emphasis on applied chemistry and life sciences.

Computer Science

The Computer Science track is designed primarily for students interested in advanced research related to big data, cybersecurity, bio-inspired sensor networks, cognitive sensor networks, computational biology, neuroinformatics, data mining, machine learning, natural language processing, quantum computing, security and privacy in social networks, cloud computing, and smart grids. The track coursework covers foundational aspects of computer science theory with emphasis on topics concerning privacy and security of computing and networking platforms, and issues related to data science.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical Engineering track is designed to prepare students for practice, research and/or teaching of electrical engineering at the advanced level. The track provides intensive preparation for professional practice in the microelectronics, nanoelectronics, computer engineering and controls and communications aspects of electrical engineering. At the advanced level, this track prepares individuals to perform original, leading edge research in the broad areas of microelectronics, nanoelectronics, controls and communications and computer engineering.

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

The Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering track is designed primarily for students who have an interest in pursuing research in the advanced and emerging technologies in mechanical and nuclear engineering. Those include but are not limited to thermal sciences, materials, design and manufacturing, and computational mechanics. Mechanical engineers design and analyze machines of all types, including automobiles, airplanes, submarines, power generation systems, biomedical instrumentation, robots, manufacturing systems, household appliances and many, many more. Emphasis is placed on modern research areas such as smart materials, microporous and corrosion materials, solar and nuclear energy, flow controls, pulmonary drug delivery, nuclear energy and radial imaging, microelectro mechanicals systems (MEMS), nanotechnology and biomechanics.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Institute of Engineering and Medicine

The Institute for Engineering and Medicine, constructed in 2009 as an addition to West Hall, houses labs that foster collaborative programs between the VCU School of Engineering, VCU Life Sciences and the VCU School of Medicine. The state-of-the-art collaborative research environment is one of the largest configurable research spaces in the U.S. It features:
--Two stories and 25,000 square feet of flexible lab space
--Nanomaterials Core Characterization Facility
--Scanning electron microscope
--Collaborative research among engineering and other disciplines

Nanomaterial Core Characterization Center

The NCC is a research core facility of the VCU Office of Research and located in the Institute for Engineering and Medicine. The NCC is also a partnership between the VCU School of Engineering and the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. As a core research facility, resources and services are available by contract to not only university faculty but industry as well.

The NCC offers technologies that benefit multi-disciplinary industrial and scholarly research in a broad range of sciences to modify, manipulate or tailor the surface, size, or shape of a particular material.

With the NCC you gain access to over $11 million in sophisticated materials characterization equipment and analytical services unique to the mid-Atlantic region

The C. Kenneth and Dianne Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center

This is an integrative research and education enterprise focused on Semiconductor Materials, MEMS and Nano Technology..

The C. Kenneth and Dianne Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center features a 7,500-square-foot Class-1000 cleanroom for the fabrication and development of a wide array of micro- and nanofabricated devices, as well as state-of-the-art materials.

Device fabrication includes high-speed solid-state electronic devices, optical devices, silicon MOS transistors, micro-electro-mechanical systems, solar cells, microfluidic components, surface acoustic wave devices, biochips, and other state-of-the-art microsensors and systems. Devices are fabricated on materials ranging from MOCVD- and MBE-grown semiconductors, wide bandgap semiconductors and III-V semiconductors to conventional silicon and dielectric materials.

The center is divided into two separate facilities, the first floor 4,500-square-foot Class-1000 Interdisciplinary Cleanroom as well as the 3,000-square-foot Class-1000 Microelectronics Materials and Device Laboratory.

VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation

A collaboration among VCU’s School of the Arts and the schools of Business and Engineering, the da Vinci Center for Innovation is a unique collegiate model that advances interdisciplinary innovation and technology-based entrepreneurship. Within the da Vinci Center, students from the three schools work together on team-based projects for corporate affiliates.