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University of Alaska Fairbanks - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty in CEE conduct research through the Institute of Northern Engineering (INE). Three research centers: The AK Center of Energy and Power, the AK University Transportation Center, and the Water & Environmental Research Center serve as focus areas for projects.

Computer Science

Research interests in computer science include computer graphics, volume visualization, parallel and distributed computing, databases, software design, simulation, systems programming, computer forensics, and robotics.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research areas in electrical engineering at UAF emphasize high latitude problems and include data communications, telecommunications, electromagnetic wave propagation, satellite communications, electric energy systems analyses, electric power quality improvement, system identification and simulation, digital signal processing, unmanned aerial vehicles, power and control theory, and embedded systems.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering research at UAF focuses on problems encountered in cold regions. Current research topics include remote power generation, waste heat recovery, frozen ground engineering, thermal performance of buildings, finite element modeling, materials science and engineering, cold regions and geotechnical heat transfer, the design of mechanisms, analytical and computational vibrations, nonlinear dynamics, and controls. The Mechanical Engineering department has the following facilities available for research needs: the Industrial Process Laboratory, the Heat Transfer Laboratory, the Machine Design Laboratory, the Materials Laboratory, the Cold Room, the Experimental Mechanics Laboratory and computing facilities, including the Cray Supercomputer.

Mining and Geological Engineering

The Department of Mining and Geological Engineering offers well-equipped modern laboratories for research and class studies. Facilities include a computer laboratory, a computerized rock mechanics laboratory, a remote sensing laboratory, a rock drilling and rock core preparation laboratory, an ore microscopy laboratory, a subsurface hydrology laboratory, a geophysical exploration laboratory, an atomic absorption unit, X-ray diffraction and fluorescent units, a mineral preparation laboratory, a mine ventilation laboratory and a mine survey laboratory. In addition, the department operates the Silver Fox Mine, an off-campus underground experimental mine. This unique feature provides students with hands-on opportunities to practice their mining skills. The access to many campus-wide laboratories is also readily available.

Petroleum Engineering

1. OPTIMIZING FIELD DEVELOPMENT WITH ENGINEERED WELL BORES The research program focuses on simulation studies on the production performance of vertical, highly deviated and horizontal wells using numerical models. This is with a view to developing guidelines for the development of new fields, evaluating infill drilling in existing fields, and optimizing reservoir management strategies. 2. GAS UTILIZATION STUDIES This research program focuses on reservoir mechanisms for Natural Gas Utilization, including reinjection for enhanced oil recovery and export. 3. DRILLING TECHNOLOGY The development of oil and gas resources in Alaska requires drilling and well completion technology appropriate for subsurface and subsea permafrost. 4. WELLBORE INTEGRITY WHILE DRILLING This research effort is directed towards improving drilling efficiency through stabilization of wellbores while drilling, particularly horizontal or high angle wells in unconsolidated or incompetent formations.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Alaska Center for Energy and Power

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) is an applied energy research program based at the University of Alaska. ACEP was formed in January, 2008 with the goal of meeting Alaska’s unique energy research needs. Alaska has the potential for long-term sustainable energy production through development of its natural gas, coal, oil, hydropower, tidal, geothermal and wind resources to meet the energy needs of the state and beyond.

Alaska University Transportation Center

The Transportation Research Center develops information on technology related to roads, bridges, airports, seaports, railroads and public transportation. TRC provides research and technology transfer to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Institute of Northern Engineering

The Institute of Northern Engineering (INE) was formed in 1981 and became an independent research unit of the University of Alaska in 1996. INE provides research opportunities and facilities to University of Alaska faculty and students. INE members conduct research in electrical, environmental, mechanical, civil and transportation engineering, as well as areas such as atmospheric studies, water resources and several areas of subarctic research.

Mineral Industry Research Laboratory

The Mineral Industry Research Laboratory (MIRL) was established by the 1963 Alaska Legislature for the purpose of conducting basic and applied research to aid in the development of Alaska's mineral and energy resources. MIRL conducts studies concerning beneficiation and hydrometallurgy of Alaskan ores, geology and mineral deposits of the state, placer mining and gold recovery, mining related problems in frozen ground, feasibility studies on mineral deposits, and environmental studies related to mining activities.

Petroleum Development Laboratory

The Petroleum Development Laboratory (PDL) was established in 1984 to engage in practical research to develop and improve technology that will maximize the recovery of Alaska's petroleum and natural gas resources. The work conducted will assist industry and state agencies in their effort to effect additional recovery of these resources.

Water and Environmental Research Center

The mission of the University of Alaska Fairbanks is to serve as the premier university in arctic and subarctic research and teaching. The Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC) fills that role in scientific and engineering studies related to water resources and environmental quality. WERC's mission is to perform basic and applied research related to water and environmental resources, to train graduate students at master's and PhD levels in this field, and to disseminate pertinent research information to the public. Graduate education is acquired through student participation in various research projects. Funding is obtained from state and federal agencies as well as from private companies and foundations. Research disciplines at WERC include environmental engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, oceanography, limnology, hydrology, microbiology, geochemistry, and hydraulics.