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Dartmouth College - 2017

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

All Engineering Sciences

The Thayer School of Engineering provides a broad engineering environment, free of departmental boundaries; this approach fosters cross-disciplinary investigations. At the graduate level we offer degrees through the doctorate, combining scholarship, design, research, experimentation, and problem solving. Areas of interdisciplinary concentration at the graduate level include Energy, Engineering in Medicine, and Complex Systems. Specific current topics for these areas are included in the Graduate Subject Areas of this survey. For comparison, we note below how faculty research might be categorized in traditional engineering subject areas:

Applied Physics and Engineering

Interdisciplinary research in this area includes computer modeling of near-earth space plasmas, studies of natural electromagnetic emissions and auroral phenomena, transport mechanisms in semiconductor optoelectronic devices, optical propogation and diffraction, nanostructures and molecular materials, medical physics, radiation physics, and ice physics

Biomedical Engineering

Collaborative biomedical engineering research between the Thayer School and the Dartmouth Medical School/Hitchcock Medical Center includes work on imaging and biomechanics, such as optical light scattering, impedance tomography, microwave and ultrasound/MRI methods for cancer imaging, modeling of brain deformations during surgery for computer aided surgery, modeling of stress leading to failure in abdominal aorta, design and analysis of orthopedic prostheses, biomaterials and cartilage growth and repair, therapeutic applications of heat through microwave antenna applicators for fallopian tube occlusion and for cornea reshaping, optical microscopy, respiratory physiology, quantitative electrophysiology, photodynamic cancer therapy, and effects of unintended heating during defribillation.

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Biotechnology and biocommodity engineering research at Thayer includes work on biomass hydrolysis and pretreatment, consolidated bioprocessing, process design and evaluation, innovative bioreactor design, redesign of protein scaffolds by biomolecular engineering, and metabolic engineering through the development and characterization of new host organisms for production of proteins and other metabolites via recombinant DNA technology. Research in other areas of chemical engineering (e.g. environmental science and engineering, fluid mechanics and materials science and engineering)is as described below.

Computer Engineering

Research in computer engineering includes mobile agent systems, distributed simulation systems, advanced signal processing techniques for information retrieval, test and design of VLSI circuits, mobile and wireless computing, smart sensor networks, communications theory and systems, network modeling and protocol design, and performance analysis of communications networks.

Computer Science outside Engineering

Research in computer science includes algorithms, computational biology, computational geometry, computational learning, computer vision, graphics, information retrieval, mobile computing, multimedia, networks, parallel I/O, robotics, security, and signal image processing.

Electrical Engineering

Research in electrical engineering includes signal and image processing for three dimensional microscopy, nonlinear optics, optoelectronic devices, optical communication links, computational electromagnetics, power electronics and micro-magnetic devices, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and space physics including computer modeling of plasma, femtosecond pulse propogation in dispersive media, magnetofluid and electromagnetic processes in the near earth space environment, as well as ground-based and rocket-based experiments in the near-earth space environment.

Engineering Management

Partnering with the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, the Thayer School of Engineering offers a Masters in Engineering Management degree program (MEM), which draws on the strenghts of both schools and typically includes projects and internships with leading industry.

Manufacturing Systems

Manufacturing systems research at Thayer includes work on systems design and systems control, systems operational loading and planning, and systems performance analysis. The work includes systems configuration generation ranging from traditional fixed positions to flexible positioning and analysis of capacities under uniform and non-uniform loadings, simulation of systems performance, control architectures such as holonic and agent-based control approaches, as well as scheduling approaches including reactive scheduling and inter-related planning and dispatching tools. In addition, research work on concurrent engineering in this field relates to product design for manufacturability and assembly and includes internet-based software tools to support design chain and supply chain engagement in the product design process.

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials based research covers a spectrum of research which benefits from the non-departmental nature of the Thayer School, including work on thin films for optical applications, intermetallic compounds for high-temperature structural applications, recrystallization of metals, nanomaterials particularly for magnetic applications, the mechanical, adhesion, and electrical properties of ice, friction and wear of polymer composites and metal matrix composites, and materials for prosthetic joints; rheology of complex fluids, and molecularly imprinted polymers.

Mechanical Engineering

Research in mechanical engineering focuses on a number of interdisciplinary projects such as tribological studies of wear, contact fatigue, and friction of polymers, polymer composites, and hard coatings; damage detection in smart structures; active noise control; modeling control, and diagnostics of complex systems; system indentification and learning control; biomechanical design of orthopedic prostheses, neurosurgery and the mechanical deformation response of the human brain, the vascular biomechanics of aneurysms, ice mechanics; interfacial fluid mechanics and particulate flows.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center