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Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering has advanced modern medicine into new realms so far considered only imaginable. Intravascular stents that open clogged arteries and tissue engineering are just two examples that emphasize the influence of biomedical research on patients� life expectancy and well being.

The Biomedical Engineering program at FIU, in its short history, has successfully implemented an elaborate curriculum that emphasizes neuroscience and cardiovascular engineering research and education at the graduate level, while gaining an un-equivalent reputation within the biomedical industry in South Florida in training future engineers.

A diverse mix of large national biomedical industry leaders like Cordis' and Boston Scientific and entrepreneurial companies such as Bioheart Inc. and Innovia combine with leading clinical institutions such as Miami Children's Hospital and Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute has been instrumental in creating FIU's Biomedical Engineering Partnership Program. This program is dedicated to fostering excellence in biomedical education and promoting biomedical innovation and research in South Florida.

With the implementation of the Bachelor of Science program in Fall 2002, BME is strengthening its mechanics and image signal processing foundations while exploring the promising fields of cytomics, nuclear medicine, and tissue engineering, which will dominate future biomedical research.

The BME program allows graduates to better prepare for their futures in the biomedical engineering field or a career in medicine or medical research.

Research Highlights:
Mechanics, materials, and devices
Instrumentation and image/signal processing
Drug delivery/tissue engineering
Medical Physics/nuclear medicine
Cardiovascular engineering
Neuroscience engineering
Nanotechnology engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Every day, tens of thousands of cars pass on each of South Floridas highways and bridges; people are dependent on traffic lights to guide them through busy intersections in rush hour; and thousands of workers trust their safety in the hands of those who plan their office buildings in a safe manner. Have you ever asked yourself who design these systems and structures? Civil engineers do!

At the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, the home of the fastest growing transportation engineering program in the country, we train future engineers to plan, design, construct, operate, and manage buildings, bridges, highways, mass transit systems, airports, seaports, and treatment facilities with the sight of future technologies, environmental responsibility, and the globalization of markets in our eyes.

Close proximity to the active markets in South America and the booming South Florida economy, and individual interaction between our faculty and students have helped us graduate more Hispanic civil engineers than any other program.

Interagency agreements with Miami-Dade County to improve traffic problems that hit the congested arteries of South Florida have proved themselves vital in the development of highly skilled professionals.

Our student chapters are continually ranked at the top in national and international competitions; most recently, our student chapter was awarded the 2001 International Best Student Chapter Award at the ITE annual meeting in Tampa, Florida.

In future years, through the vision, dedication, and cooperation of our students, staff, and faculty, we will make one step at a time toward becoming the best civil engineering department in the country.

Computing and Information Sciences

The School of Computing and Information Sciences houses state-of-the-art computing and networking equipment, such as enterprise blade and storage servers, SMP and Beowulf clusters, and a local and wide-area gigabit network designed to support the activities of its four research centers, the High Performance Database Research Center, the Center for Advanced Distributed Systems Engineering, the Center for Emerging Technologies for Advanced Information Processing and High-Confidence Systems, and the IBM Center for Grid and Autonomous Computing, as well as several focused laboratories, such as the Distributed Multimedia Information Systems Lab and the Bioinformatics Research Lab.
The School is a lead institution in the Latin America Grid (LA Grid). Sponsored by IBM, LA Grid is an international partnership with ten institutional partners in the United States, Latin America, and Spain, which offers faculty members and students access to world-class supercomputers and a large-scale grid computing facility, as well as collaborative research and development. The School has a first-class faculty leading well funded and cutting edge research programs in broad areas of computing and information sciences sponsored by various federal agencies, e.g., NSF, DoD, NASA, EoE, as well as by industry.
The library has more than 8,000 volumes in the mathematical and computer sciences and receives more than 125 periodicals.

Research Highlights:
DBMS, data mining, visualization, animation, multi-modal information retrieval, knowledge discovery
Software engineering & modeling, architecture, design, verification and
testing, component technology and middleware operating systems
High Performance Computing and Networking
Large Scale Modeling Simulation
Grid Computing
Mobile Computing
Programming languages
Software Security
Informatics and bioinformatics

Construction Management

The mission of the School of Construction is to provide enlightened leadership to the construction industry through its graduates; to increase and improve the body of working knowledge; and to promote the interdisciplinary transfer of technology. The School will continue to strive to produce professional construction managers who are informed and participating citizens with a sense of duty and responsibility, whose actions express high moral and ethical standards, and who understand the impact of their work on society.
The School continues to serve the needs of south Florida, the nation, and the world through high-quality teaching, research, and professional involvement through the following goals:
Provide effective education to students and prepare them to enter the construction profession.
Utilize available technology to enhance teaching and learning.
Broaden access to construction management education through distance learning opportunities.
Conduct and disseminate research in the construction area.
Foster and create opportunities for student-industry interaction.
Create the environment and provide adequate resources for the professional growth of the faculty.
Encourage, promote and support vibrant student organizations and an active alumni association.
Be the preeminent source of construction knowledge for industry and the community at large.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) shapes the future of its students by providing them with a solid educational/research foundation for lifelong learning, self-direction, and continued professional development in an evolving, dynamic world.

The ECE department takes pride in exposing undergraduates to the merit of research early in their career, strengthening the students' academic experience all the way to the doctoral level. Meritorious students are provided Federal and College funds to excel in their graduate studies and publish their work in notable journals.

Our main objectives are to: elicit an understanding of engineering methods that provide students the potential for reasoning and critical thinking; instill in students an understanding of social, and ethical considerations as they shape in themselves a sense of professional responsibility and provide the student with the necessary equipment and tools for analysis, simulation, modeling and system design with capabilities for experimental verification.

- National Science Foundation
- US department of Defense: Office of Naval Research, US Air Force, Wright Patterson Laboratory
- US department of Education
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Industry: IBM, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Motorola, Lucent Technologies, Beckman-Coulter Inc., Caterpillar, FP&L and PPG Glass.
- Cryoelectronics and Device Fabrication for Future Aerospace Science & Technology
- Data Communications and Distributed Networks
- Electro-magnetic/ Energy/Power Systems
- Human-Machine Interfaces and Neuroscience Research Applications
- Image and Signal Processing
- Neural Networks
- Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Thin Films
- Solid State Electronics, Electronic Devices, and Materials
- Telecommunications and Networking with Wireless and Mobile Modalities
- Web technology
- Antennas
- Radar Technology

Engineering Management

A term you’ll hear in management circles these days is “interdisciplinary.” Companies have realized the importance of integrating coursework from connected fields " in this case, business and engineering. Strong leaders know that collaboration is key to successful projects.
The management program develops technical management skills by combining qualitative approaches and quantitative skills in a balanced curriculum. The practical and systematic educational programs prepare future managers of engineering and technology to be technically competent and business-practice oriented.

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

The creativity and research of the mechanical engineering profession impact health, exploration, manufacturing and high technology industries throughout the world. Mechanical engineering is, and will be, critical in areas as diverse as space exploration, environmental control and bioengineering.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Materials Science and Engineering. Its esteemed faculty has earned much national and international recognition and serves on many editorial boards. One of the ME faculty has established and directs the largest research center at FIU, the Hemispheric Center for Environmental Technology, (HCET). The Mechanical Engineering faculty and students work closely with the Biomedical Engineering Institute, the Cardio Vascular Engineering Center (CVEC) and the Center for the Study of Materials under Extreme Conditions (CeSMEC), the Manufacturing Research Center (MRC) and HCET.

The development of advanced materials such as optical and wireless communication components, and a host of sensors have largely made recent economic growth possible. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is establishing a world-class Center for Materials Science and Engineering, which will emphasize interdisciplinary integration of fields ranging from physics and chemistry, to metallurgy.

Research Highlights

- Micro and nano-technology
- Study of Materials at extreme conditions
- Electronic materials and ceramics
- Electronic packaging
- Thermal-fluid science
- Macro and micro modeling of processes and systems
- Laser-based measurement and systems processing
- Manufacturing and robotics
- Heating ventilation and air-conditioning
- Computational fluid dynamics
- Vibrations
- Advanced materials processing
- Biomedical engineering
- Hazardous Waste Management

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center

Recognizing the need for a dedicated center for ABC, a group of renowned U.S. bridge engineering professionals gathered at FIU in Miami, Florida in November 2010. The group established " on a voluntary basis, without external funding and supported entirely by just $50,000 of seed funding from FIU " the Center for Accelerated Bridge Construction (, with the objective of helping the bridge profession. The ABC Center at FIU officially commenced its activities in January of 2011, with a concentration on technology transfer of existing knowledge.
In the span of just two short years, the ABC Center at FIU has been a great success. Beginning in March of 2011, the ABC Center at FIU offered free webinars on a monthly basis to engineers and other bridge professionals. These webinars attracted an average of 4,000 participants each month.
The ABC-UTC allows the founders of the ABC Center at FIU to dive further into their mission of aiding the bridge profession by embarking on ABC-related research with emphasis on state of good repair, working to improve ABC workforce development, undertaking various educational activities and expanding the Center’s technology transfer activities. The existing ABC Center at FIU created a sturdy foundation on which to build the first UTC devoted solely to ABC, focusing on efficient bridge rehabilitation and rapid bridge replacement.

Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute

The Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute (AMERI) provides an open access equipment infrastructure to support materials research and engineering over a broad range of technology and capabilities. The institute provides analytical instrumentation, materials characterization, and micro/nano process and device development laboratories to support faculty and industry in the development and characterization of new materials over the continuum from the nanoscale to bulk materials.
Materials Sciences and Engineering is a dynamic field involved in the synthesis, structure, properties and performance of materials. Advanced materials are the foundation of manufactured products and many of the technological advances of this century were enabled by the development of new materials. Materials Science and Engineering is a graduate program only, with undergraduate electives offered in the Mechanical Engineering curriculum to prepare the student for a graduate education in materials science and engineering. The academic program offers specialization in metallurgy, ceramics, electronic materials and polymers, and Biomaterials. There is an increasing demand for graduates of materials science and engineering, with high technology industries leading the need for graduates. In fact, many companies needing materials scientist and engineers did not exist 20 years ago. Because everything is made of materials and new materials, such as NanoMaterials, are rapidly being developed, materials science and engineering is a growth field in engineering.
The Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory contains a field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), a 200 kev Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), X-ray diffraction, thermal (DSC, TGA, DMA, dilatometer flush diffusion, and mechanical testing (uniaxial/biaxial Instron, creep). Process Development laboratories for ceramic processing (sol-gel, tape casting, milling), polymer processing, metal processing, and arc melting, thermal processing (air, vacuum, hydrogen, controlled atmosphere furnaces) are available to support faculty and student researchers.
The Institute contains the Motorola Nanofabrication Research Facility, which is supported by a class 100 clean room and nanofabrication capabilities including e-beam lithography and optical photolithography. Fabrication of nano/micro electromechanical systems (N/MEMS) can be accomplished by a combination of nanolithography, deep reactive ion etching, and thin film deposition by a variety of techniques (e-beam, sputtering, filament evaporation, cvd).
In addition to supporting research within the graduate program in materials science within the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, the Institute supports faculty across all departments (physics, chemistry, geology, biology, electrical & computer engineering, and biomedical engineering) in materials based research.
Materials Sciences and Engineering is a dynamic field involved in the synthesis, structure, properties and performance of materials. Advanced materials are the foundation of manufactured products and many of the technological advances of this century were enabled by the development of new materials. Materials Science and Engineering is a graduate program only, with undergraduate electives offered in the Mechanical Engineering curriculum to prepare the student for graduate education in materials science and engineering. The academic program offers specialization in metallurgy, ceramics, electronic materials and polymers and Biomaterials. There is an increasing demand for graduates of materials science and engineering, with high technology industries leading the need for graduates. In fact, many companies needing materials scientist and engineers did not exist 20 years ago. Because everything is made of materials and new materials, such as NanoMaterials, are rapidly being developed, materials science and engineering is a growth field in engineering.

Applied Research Center

In order to fully harness Florida International University 's expanding applied research and technology base, the University has established a stand-alone, university-wide Applied Research Center. The Center's focus is to solve real-world problems through multi-disciplinary research collaborations within the University's increasingly talented applied and basic research units. The Applied Research Center will be uniquely structured and staffed to allow for free-flowing exchange of ideas between the University's applied researchers, academia, government, private sector and industry partners.
ARC’s mission is to solve complex issues in environmental stewardship, energy, and defense through innovative, cooperative research and entrepreneurship. In carrying out this mission, the Applied Research Center is committed to providing training opportunities to the University's uniquely diverse student body under the mentorship of the Center's experienced engineers and scientists.

Center for Advanced Techonology and Education

The core facility at the CATE center continues to serve as a resource infrastructure for research and education with a strong foundation in computing, information processing, and the biosciences. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) since 1993, the CATE center has two major research thrusts: (1) brain research with neuroscience applications, and (2) assistive technology research with a focus on visual impairment and motor disability. In the areas of image and signal processing, our research focus continues to be in the development of techniques that are directly applicable to real-world problems just as we continue to expand their related computational and theoretical frameworks. Specific efforts are devoted to image modality co-registration, noise filtering, enhancing the application of the principal and independent component analyses, design of novel neural networks, and creating new pattern recognition paradigms.

Center for the Study of Matter at Extreme Conditions

CeSMEC is engaged in fundamental research related to the environment, focusing on using Engineering methods for alternative energy, Carbon capture and high-pressure science. Actively engaging students in research and the pursuit of excellence has always been a guiding principle for CeSMEC.
CeSMEC’s mission is to study the behavior of materials at high pressures and temperatures. The range of research activities includes the study of planetary interiors and of matter at extreme industrial conditions. CeSMEC is one of few facilities in the country where pressures are created to many million atmospheres and temperatures to several thousand degrees; the material is studied under such condition with x-ray and electroscopic techniques.

Engineering Information Center

The ENGINEERING INFORMATION CENTER serves the teaching, learning, research and academic communities of the College of Engineering and Computing. As its core mission, EIC is responsible for developing and implementing the College’s Information Systems strategy. This includes the evolution of the underlying computational technologies as well as the communications infrastructure that serve the Center’s diverse set of constituencies. The infrastructure has played a key role in the continual growth of the College’s research and instructional programs.
Additionally, the Center is charged with the management of information systems, hardware, software, and human resources associated with the ENGINEERING INFORMATION NETWORK (EINET). Included are departmental computer resources (both hardware and software), and the technical support provided to faculty, staff, and students in the College of Engineering and Computing. The Center manages an array of Novell, Windows, and LINUX network servers. These servers provide PC’s and LINUX workstations with application services, data storage facilities, and network information services.
The ENGINEERING INFORMATION CENTER provides service in software development, computer consulting, systems design, system integration, telecommunication, networking, solid modeling, visualization, simulations, multimedia, graphic design, web development and computer training to other departments throughout the university and also to outside businesses from our local private industry sector.
EIC helps faculty, scientists, researchers, and students to conduct cutting edge research and work on system designs, networking, scientific visualization, 3D Modeling, simulations, virtual reality, computer animation, and other computer and software applications.

Engineering Manufacturing Center

The Engineering Manufacturing Center provides technical expertise in manufacturing to anyone in need of assistance. Typically the Center supports researchers, graduate and undergraduate students with projects requiring high-precision quality fabrication and requiring expert technical guidance. Undergraduate engineering students represent the largest group served. Students of all academic departments benefit directly through help with class projects, such as Senior Design (capstone) courses, critical components of all ABET accredited Engineering programs in the College. Other major undergraduate projects supported include the Mini-Baja, Mini-Submarine and Robot Competitions. Graduate students regularly request fabrication assistance with experimental devices, tools and fixtures. The Center’s main facility supports the College’s academic departments’ general fabrication needs, including equipment repair, assembly, fixturing, installation, etc. An auxiliary EMC-supervised machine shop is available for student hands-on project work.
The Center also provides technical services to the outside community such as entrepreneurial consulting in product design and development and sub-contract fabrication work. Companies served by the EMC range from entrepreneurial to the well-established, some of which include aerospace, automotive, marine, medical and consumer product manufacturers. The Center runs state-of-the-art CAD/CAM software and operates a diverse array of rapid prototyping equipment combined with CNC capabilities providing a wide variety of fabrication processes. In addition, the Center can perform inspection, measurement and reverse engineering capabilities through its automated measurement equipment. For more information, contact the EMC by calling Mr. Richard Zicarelli.

High Performance Database Research Center

One of our research efforts is the High-Performance Database Research Center (HPDRC). HPDRC conducts research on such theoretical and applied issues as Internet-distributed heterogeneous databases, database design methodologies, database design tools, information analysis, multi-media databases, database languages, data compression, spatial databases, and data visualization. The Center also designs specific database systems for highly complex applications.

International Hurricane Research Center

Hurricanes continue to threaten our cities, our economy and our lives. At the International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC), we are poised to advance solutions and lessen the dangers through advancements in science, technology and product development.

The IHRC is a multi-disciplinary research and education organization focused on a single mission: to reduce hurricane damage and loss of life through more effective mitigation. In 1996 the Florida Board of Regents created the IHRC at Florida International University (FIU) through a public-private partnership between the We Will Rebuild Foundation, (an organization formed to spearhead the rebuilding of Miami-Dade County after Hurricane Andrew), and the University.

As a University entity, the IHRC conducts both basic and applied research. The IHRC research tries to answer fundamental questions in order to reduce the hurricane threat. The Center’s current studies involve such areas as: household mitigation and evacuation; storm hazard and vulnerability mapping, long-term community recovery; and economic loss modeling. In the past, organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA), the Florida Office of Insurance (OIR), and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM), have supported these investigations. The IHRC also collaborates actively with the National Hurricane Center (NHC), co-located on the FIU University Park Campus in West Miami-Dade.

Lehman Center for Transportation Research

The Lehman Center for Transportation Research (LCTR) at Florida International University (FIU) was established in 1993 in honor of Congressman Bill Lehman and his tireless efforts to make South Florida a better place. Located in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, LCTR is committed to conducting research and training to improve transportation mobility and safety, and educating a multidisciplinary workforce to plan, manage, and implement transportation systems. LCTR is the only transportation center of its kind in South Florida -- home to about a third of Florida's 18 million population.

Since its inception, LCTR has conducted numerous research projects in the areas of public transportation, GIS, transportation demand modeling, land use planning, intelligent transportation systems, transportation safety, traffic simulation, and transportation databases. The Center currently has an active staff of over 20 full-time researchers and over 20 graduate and undergraduate research assistants. With over 40 graduate students, the educational program is currently the largest in the state of Florida and one of the largest in the nation.

National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement

The Center's mission is to conduct industry-relevant studies and deployments in the representation, management, storage, analysis, search and social aspects of large and complex data sets, with particular applications in geospatial location-based data, disaster mitigation, healthcare, transportation, and town planning.

Office of Student Access and Success

The Office of Student Access and Success is dedicated to providing a high quality equitable education to all students. Closing the achievement gaps and ensuring access and inclusive excellence are a paramount undertaking of our agenda. At FIU, we provide our students with support services and opportunities to access and engage in a variety of experiences designed to complement the academic curriculum, such as study abroad opportunities, internships and many other enrichment programs, to help them fully enjoy a holistic college experience. As you peruse our site, you will learn that SAS offers numerous pre-collegiate and college programs that create clear pathways to undergraduate, STEM, and PhD degree completion.
Student involvement is critical to college success; therefore, we encourage every student to connect to the many academic programs, research initiatives, and organizations offered at our vibrant university. It is my philosophy that a quality education is the great equalizer that can transform the mind and lives and position individuals for greater success. We welcome you to be a part of the greatness of FIU.

STEM Transformation Institute

The STEM Transformation Institute is a multidisciplinary collaboration across the Colleges of Arts, Sciences & Education, and Engineering & Computing for the research and development of effective educational practices that lead to substantial increases in the number of well-prepared STEM professionals, including teachers, graduating FIU. The Institute is FIU’s response to the national calls for 100,000 new STEM teachers and an additional 1,000,000 STEM professionals over the next 10 years; hence, our vision that the Institute serve as a living laboratory that disseminates practices, policies, and STEM professionals across the nation.
Undertaking this challenge requires us to partner with local K12 systems and colleges, businesses and industry, foundations, and national education leaders in order to create an educational landscape that supports all students, coming through multiple pathways, and leading to a productive workforce. The STEM Institute capitalizes on the unique skills our diverse student population brings to their learning and ultimately the workforce.

Telecommunications and Information Technology Institute

The Telecommunications and Information Technology Institute (IT2) is funded by the State of Florida, industry and federal government.

The Institute was founded in 2000 by people who had a vision to promote interfacing between disciplines and serve as an intellectual cross-fertilization catalyst critical to the activities of telecommunications and information technology. It is through this vision that the importance and success of the telecommunication and information technology area, in a broader sense, is best appreciated.

Accordingly, IT2 is a unique hub for research, technology transfer and education at the graduate and undergraduate levels. With a sustainable growth model as the basis for its development, IT2's portfolio now boasts cutting edge research, active alliances with industry and unique academic programs. It is now a leading resource for education, training, research and technology development in United States of America and abroad.