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University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering Department's research includes the areas of: Biochemical, Biomedical, Catalysis, Reactors, Colloids, Interfaces, Materials Science, Polymers, Composites, Thermodynamics, Transport, Separations, Environmental Chemical Engineering, and Energy.

Civil Engineering

The main areas of research in the Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying are structural engineering (behavior of reinforced concrete and steel structures subjected to earthquakes, hurricanes and floods, structural dynamics, composite materials and structures, bridges, civil infrastructure), environmental and water resources engineering (explosives, soil remediation, flood control, erosion, biological remediation, basin management, urban drainage), transportation engineering (urban networks, logistics during disasters, safety, intersections, mass transit, geometric design), construction management and engineering (information technology, sustainability, planning, construction operations), and geotechnical engineering (soil dynamics, soil properties, liquefaction, earthquake instrumentation).

Computer Engineering

Research in the Computer Engineering program covers diverse subjects aligned with the program emphasis areas. These include Computational Electromagnetics, Atmospheric Phenomena Modeling, Rapid System Prototyping Techniques of Signal Processing Systems, and Cyberphysical Systems among others.

Electrical Engineering

The faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is involved in a wide range of research activities, including electric energy processing systems, power electronics, microwave radars applied to atmospheric research, analog and mixed signal electronics, signal and image processing, remote sensing, communication networks, wireless communication, cognitive radio, cognitive networks, measurement (radar and LIDAR techniques) and data interpretation of space and atmospheric sciences phenomena, database management systems, database security, and cloud and high-performance computing.

Engineering Sciences and Materials

The Department of General Engineering conducts research in nanotechnology, nanomaterials processing, materials characterization, nanomedicine, materials science and engineering, ocean engineering, structural dynamics, engineering education, and bioengineering.

Industrial Engineering

The Department of Industrial Engineering conducts research at the basic and applied levels in traditional and non-traditional areas of IE, and in areas that seek to advance engineering education. Areas of interest include quality control, experimental design, applied industrial statistics and reliability; optimization, simulation and other areas of operations research, ergonomics, complex systems analysis, and production and automation and project management. Areas of application seek the continuous improvement and analysis of all sorts of complex systems, from manufacturing and service industries, health and biological systems, educational, government, nonprofit and humanitarian organizations.

Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering performs research in computational fluid dynamics, two phase flows, acoustics, wireless sensors, aerospace engineering, renewable energy, vibrations and crack detection, MEMS, corrosion, composite materials, and biomaterials.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Advanced Nanoscale Materials

The Center for Advanced Nanoscale Materials (CANM) is an interdisciplinary and multicampus research and education University Research Center (URC) partnership project between NASA and the University of Puerto Rico in areas that correspond primarily to the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, and secondarily to the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

Center for Aerospace and Unmanned Systems Engineering (CAUSE)

Center for Aerospace and Unmanned Systems Engineering (CAUSE) is the First Center of Excellence in the Caribbean to provide a framework for broad-based, competitive, multi-institutional, multidisciplinary science and engineering research that will advance the aims of space, aeronautic, and astronautic Mission Directorates across the nation and world at large.

Center for Education and Training in Agriculture and Related Sciences

Research and education in nanotechnology-enables processes and protocols applied to water and soil conservation and development of food-protection nanotechnologies.

Center for Nanostructure Characterization (CeNaC)

Its purpose is to provide access to unique advanced instrumentation capabilities to academic researchers and industry, and to promote competitive research.

Center for Pharmaceutical Engineering Development and Learning (C-PEDaL)

This engineering research center focuses on understanding the properties of organic particulate materials and the operations used in the pharmaceutical, food and agrochemical industries to process these materials. SOPS is led by Rutgers University with the participation of University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, (Chemical Engineering Department leaders), Purdue University, and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging System (CENSSIS)

The main objective of this research work is the development of information extraction algorithms for HSI data by optimal integration of physical models with the available spatial and spectral information. Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI) data contains high spectral resolution and spatial information of the object under study.

Civil Infrastructure Research Center

The Center emphasizes a multidisciplinary and integrated scope in the development of projects related to the conceptualizing, planning, design, construction, operation, administration and maintenance of civil infrastructure.

CPES: Center for Power Electronic Systems

CPES is a consortium of 5 Universities and over 80 industries led by Virginia Polytechnic Institute in partnership with University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, North Carolina A&T, and the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. At the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez (UPRM), research is focused on power converters, motor drives, electro thermal modeling, and system integration.

Education and Research Intership Program

ERIP is a Summer Internship Program sponsored by the US ARMY Corps of Engineers and coordinated at the Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.

Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA)

Increase the warning time and forecast accuracy for tornadoes, flash floods, land-falling hurricanes, and other airborne hazards that impact millions of people across the US every single day. CASA will engineer an entirely new approach based on a dense network of low-power radars that overcome curvature blockage and achieve significantly enhanced resolution compared to today’s systems.

Institute for Computing and Information Studies

PRECISE expects to significantly strengthen the current environment in Computing and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) at UPR through more diverse, competitive, and sustainable research. The award contributed to implement the multi-campus Ph.D. CISE. While increasing the participation of women and minorities in graduate education, the project facilitated, enhanced, and intensified research in CISE areas. The project enforced and supported the following research areas: Scientific Computing, Computing Systems, and Automated Information Processing & Digital Systems Implementation.

Mechatronics Center

The center offers training to industry and support for existing ME courses while providing facilities and resources for research in the fields of modeling and computer control of mechanical and electromechanical systems.

NOAA-Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology

The original program consisted of three research segments: Marine Natural Products, Tropical Terrestrial Ecology, and Caribbean Geology, utilizing scientists from the Mayagüez and Río Piedras campuses. The primary focus of the Program continues to be the development and support of students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

NSF-CREST: Nanotechnology Center for Biomedical, Environmental and Sustainability Applications

The Center's mission is to combine transformational and interdisciplinary research and education efforts in the area of nanoscale materials by focusing on: biomedical, environmental remediation, and sustainability applications. Faculty members involved in the Center will investigate application-oriented processing of materials with properties and applications that depend on phenomena occurring at the nanometer scale: (1) Medical and Biological Applications; (2) Remediation of Recalcitrant and Emerging Contaminants from the Environment; and (3) Sustainability. This Center will establish effective means to institutionalize research and education aimed at founding a sustainable platform at UPRM of international recognition.

Program for Research in Computing and Informational Sciences and Engineering (PRECISE)

PRECISE expects to significantly strengthen the current environment in Computing and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) at UPR through more diverse, competitive, and sustainable research.

Puerto Rico Institute for Functional Nanomaterials

Infrastructure Development and Research support in Nnaotechnology-related thrist areas, inckuding multifunctional materials, nanomedicine, eater treatment, energy and computational nanotechology.

Puerto Rico Strong Motion Program

Monitoring and Research on the behavior and impact of strong earthquakes on structures, infrastructures, and lives.

Puerto Rico Transportation Technology Transfer Center

Promotes research and development in transportation-related activities in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. Technology transfer on transportation safety, engineering analysis and design, and public educational outreach.

The Applied Optimization Group at UPRM

The AOG at UPRM focuses on statistical characterization, modeling and optimization of manufacturing sytems, processes, as well as biological systems.

The Puerto Rico Water Resources and Environmental Research Institute (PRWRERI)

The Puerto Rico Water Resources and Environmental Research Institute is a research facility dedicated to the investigation and development of water resources in Puerto Rico.

The general objectives of the Puerto Rico Water Resources and Environmental Research Institute are (1) to conduct research aimed at resolving local and national water resources problems, (2) to train scientists and engineers through hands-on participation in research, and (3) to facilitate the incorporation of research results in the knowledge base of water resources professionals in Puerto Rico and the U.S. as a whole.

Tropical Institute of Energy, Society and the Environment

A interdisciplinary network of researchers that promotes an holistic approach of the energetic issue in Puerto Rico.

UPRM Model Factory

The UPRM Model Factory integrates modern equipment, materials, and people into a fully integrated manufacturing system. Its mode of operation is through interdisciplinary working teams from several engineering and business disciplines. This is a coordinated effort between several Engineering Departments. This laboratory houses a for-profit manufacturing activity and provides students from various engineering disciplines with an integrative manufacturing experience inside the university.

Weather Radar Network: Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere

The new network seeks to advance fundamental knowledge and provide societal benefits by creating a new engineering paradigm for observing, detecting, and predicting weather and other atmospheric phenomena. It uses of a dense network of radars capable of very high spatial and temporal resolution, which is necessary for better prediction of landslides, flooding, tornado warnings and other meteorological phenomena. These systems operate collaboratively within a dynamic information technology infrastructure, adapting to changing conditions in a manner that meets competing needs of end users, the government, private industry, and the public.