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University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering - 2017

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Dynamics, Controls and Robotics; Materials, Design and Manufacturing; Structures and Design; Thermo-Fluid Systems; Systems Realization and Sustainment Intelligent Systems; Information and Educational Technologies; Bioengineering; Nanotechnology; Computational Methods; Combustion; Aero-elasticity.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineers enhance the quality of life through transformative research that provides solutions to complex medical challenges. From developing imaging tools that reduce the amount of patient exposure to radiation, developing quantitative imaging biomarkers for evaluating treatment responses of ovarian cancer or delivering photo thermal therapy using single-walled carbon nanotubes combined to treat cancers more effectively, biomedical engineers are making an impact - one life at a time.
The Peggy and Charles Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering ties together The University of Oklahoma’s (OU) Gallogly College of Engineering, the OU Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, the OU College of Arts and Sciences and the regional bioscience industry, offering an unprecedented level of health care collaboration and discovery in Oklahoma. Our core focus areas include medical imaging, nanomedicine and neuroengineering. Further, we use the technologies of imaging, nanomedicine, biomaterials, regenerative medicine and neural engineering in applications for pediatric healthcare, cancer diagnosis and treatment, musculoskeletal medicine and brain injury and disease and more.

Chemical, Biological & Materials Engineering

Research application areas include biomedical and biochemical, energy and chemicals, process systems engineering, and polymer science and engineering. Research projects include synthesis, characterization and applications of single walled and multi-walled carbon nanotubes; biomass conversion and refining to fuels and chemicals; bone and cardiovascular tissue engineering; fundamental and applied studies of cell adhesion; theoretical and applied surfactant studies for improved detergency, enhanced oil recovery, water decontamination and environmental processes; application and characterization of ultra-thin polymer films; bioengineered materials for treatment of cancer and heart disease; experimental and modeling study of drag reduction; catalytic processes for improved diesel fuel qualities; experimental and spectroscopic studies of surface-adsorbate interactions; process systems engineering for energy efficiency, reliability and waste minimization; and modeling of nanoscale interactions between surfaces and molecules for absorption and catalysis.

Civil Engineering and Environmental Science

Advanced flood forecasting, surfactant-enhanced subsurface remediation, groundwater and surface water modeling, fate of chemicals in the environment, constructed wetlands, soil/water dynamics, slope stability and erosion control, foundation engineering and analysis, dynamics of vibrating structures, remote sensing hydrology, ground subsidence, geosynthetics, water treatment, ecological engineering, expansive soil behavior, unsaturated soil behavior, soil liquefaction, resilient communities, structural reliability, in-situ testing, constitutive and numerical modeling, material testing, pavement materials and systems, concrete materials and alternative binders, capacity building in developing countries, and finite element analysis.

Computer Science

Database Systems, Human Computer Interface, Telecommunications, Networking, Algorithms and Theory, Computing Education, Intelligent Systems, Parallel & Dist. Processing, Software Engineering, Knowledge Discovery, Data Mining, Embedded Systems, Wireless and Mobile Network, Information Privacy and Security, Robotics, Scientific Computing and Theoretical Computer Science.

Data Science and Analytics

The discipline of data science and analytics is the systematic interdisciplinary study that facilitates the transformation of data into knowledge while addressing the efficient use of that knowledge in driving decisions regarding the performance of processes and systems that pervade society. Data scientists and analysts develop and apply analytical models and methods combined with the necessary computational techniques to gain insights from complex and ubiquitous data for evidence-based decision making. Research program areas include machine learning, artificial intelligence, data driven decision making, visual analytics, optimization and data mining.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Imaging, Communications, Computer Systems, Electric Power Systems, Electric Vehicle Research, Image Processing, Intelligent Systems, Instrumentation & Control Systems, Radar Systems, Digital Signal Processing, Solid State Devices & Material, GPS Navigation Systems, Robotics, Telecommunications Systems & Intelligent Transportation Systems.


The graduate programs in general engineering are designed to provide students flexibility to pursue a multidisciplinary curriculum not available through a traditional departmental track. They are founded upon multiple faculties and are geared to address individual student needs in preparation for careers in advanced engineering or related science areas. The student is encouraged to develop his/her program of study and research under a specially selected Graduate Advisory Committee, which includes qualified faculty members from pertinent disciplines. New for Fall 2014 is an interdisciplinary M.S. in Engineering degree, with an emphasis in Data Science and Analytics and a Ph.D. in Engineering degree with an emphasis in Engineering Education.

Engineering Physics

The Engineering Physics faculty has active research programs in the growth of semiconductor materials, characterization and device fabrication, scanning probe microscopy, high-field magnetotransport and magneto-optics, laser applications in ultracold atoms, non-linear optics, applications of atomic and molecular physics, microelectronic applications in particle physics, and device simulation and computational physics.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Research areas are diverse and include programs in design and optimization under uncertainty, robust optimization, data mining, analytics, transportation and logistics, human centered design of information systems, shape engineering, precision measurement, collaborative design, design and development of systems models and decision making tools, and research dedicated to enhancing engineering student learning and success. Application areas include weather prediction systems, cyber-physical-social systems, aerospace and aviation systems, health and medical systems, air traffic control, manufacturing systems, and engineering education.

Petroleum and Geological Engineering

The graduate program offers specialized training in drilling, well completion and stimulation, rock mechanics, production engineering, petrophysics, formation damage and control, miscible, immiscible and microbial enhanced oil recovery, reservoir engineering, natural gas engineering,and management, coal mining and coal bed methane, geological engineering, oil field management and several other allied areas.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC)

The Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) mission is to solve challenging radar research problems, prepare the next generation of students, and serve to empower economic growth and development in the field of radar.

Biocorrosion Center

The Biocorrosion Center was established in 2010 to explore the fundamental scientific issues that lead to new knowledge, understanding and technology for the diagnosis and mitigation of fuel biodeterioration and biocorrosion problems.

Center for Biomass Refining (CBR)

Research in the Center for Biomass Refining (CBR) focuses on the development of the science and technologies for the thermo-catalytic conversion of biomass to finished products that meet the needs of the fuels and chemical industries in a sustainable manner. Research projects emphasize production of fungible gasoline and diesel, ie., liquid fuels which are completely compatible with the existing fuels infrastructures.

Center for Intelligent Transporations Systems

Founded in 1998 as a public-public partnership between OU and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the Center for Intelligent Transportation Systems applies advanced technology and innovative engineering to improve highway safety and surface transportation efficiency. Current major projects include software development, control and communications engineering, and system integration for Oklahoma's statewide ITS and development of electronic police forms systems that are deployed to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and major municipal police agencies statewide.

Center for Interfacial Reaction Engineering (CIRE)

Research in the Center for Interfacial Reaction Engineering focuses on the study of solid catalysts that can stabilize water-oil emulsions and catalyze reactions at the liquid/liquid interface. Research applications include partial oxidation of hydrocarbons at the oil/water interface in Pickering emulsions and use of solid nanoparticles that catalyze biofuel upgrading reactions at the water/oil interface. This research will have significant impact and contributions in the areas such as materials science, chemical science, and environmental science.

Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds (CREW)

Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds (CREW) conducts research focusing on watershed biogeochemistry and ecological engineering, with an emphasis on trace metals transport and fate, and mine water passive treatment system design and performance, and related eco-technologies.

Center for Shape Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing

SEAM was started as a Oklahoma Economic Development Generating Excellence (EDGE) funded project SEAM Center is research and development organization feeding technologies, products and services into related corporations that would in turn determine their best markets, and sell aggressively into those markets. Shape Engineering (SE) is the creation of engineering data from a damaged component through precision measurement. SE envelops scanning and imaging, metrology and precision measurement, CAD and design rendering, and material identification and substitution analysis. Advanced Manufacturing (AM) is the use of newer manufacturing methods such as rapid manufacturing (and prototyping), deposition and powder net-shape manufacturing, and precision CNC machining to fabricate highly complex geometries in an accurate fashion. SEAM seeks to provide cheaper, faster, safer and better solutions for SE, AM and integrated logistics. Integrating logistics in this context extends from process specific factors such as tribology and material property modification, to systemic factors such as factory planning, process/system integration, tooling design, process planning and tolerance design.

Center for Symbiotic Research

Center for Symbiotic Research is dedicated to the study of the symbiotic relationships between humans and machines. In particular, we examine:

- machines as models of how biological systems represent and learn motor and cognitive skills,
- primates as inspiration for new robot control and learning techniques, and
- the interaction of humans with machines.

Our specific areas of research include:

Computational Neuroscience and Motor Control: models of the interaction between muscle and spinal circuitry; motor skill representation and learning within cortex, cerebellum, and basal ganglia; and brain-machine interfaces.

Human-Machine Interaction: wearable and ubiquitous computing; sensor networks; pervasive, ambient interfaces; robot learning through human interaction; interactive art.

Robot Sensing and Manipulation: control of reaching, grasping, and manipulation; visual and haptic sensing for manipulation; and representing affordances in support of planning, learning, and recognition.

Machine/Robot Learning: hybrid models of reinforcement and supervised learning; learning action-oriented representations; and learning motor skills through human interaction and through exploration with the surrounding environment.

Dynamic Structures Sensing & Control Center (DySSC)

The Dynamic Structures Sensing and Control (DYSSC) Center (formerly the Center for Structural Control) was established in 1994 to investigate and demonstrate the effectiveness of using semi-active adjustable hydraulic dampers and associated software to mitigate the dynamic response of a wide class of structures. DySSC researchers are also studying the response of highway bridge structures to the passage of heavy vehicles with the goal of implementing a comprehensive structural health monitoring system, including failure prognostics.

Institute for Applied Surfactant Research (IASR)

The Institute for Applied Surfactant Research (IASR), founded in 1986, develops surfactant-based technologies to address consumer, industrial and environmental needs. By taking a fundamental approach to these applied problems, IASR researchers are able to apply the knowledge gained across a wide range of applications. Research efforts include the following areas: surfactant-based separation processes, cleaning processes, consumer products, surfactant-based environmental and oil/gas extraction technologies, and fundamental/novel surfactant properties. The current 14 industrial sponsors, including a number of Fortune 500 companies, benefit from and help guide the research of the institute.

Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Technology (IBEST)

IBEST is a University Strategic Organization at the University of Oklahoma to bring engineers, clinicians, and scientists together to conduct biomedical research. The mission of IBEST is to catalyze and accelerate the development of research-based innovations that advance the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare. IBEST at the University of Oklahoma was previously known as the OU Biomedical Engineering Center (OUBC), which was established in 1999 as a result of a National competition for Special Opportunity Awards from the Whitaker Foundation.

Integrated Core Characterization Center (IC3)

This unique center laboratory has unparalleled industrial, commercial or academic capabilities. It evolved from a simple seismic velocity laboratory to one which includes a vast array of petro-physical and rock mechanics capabilities, offering the widest range of measurement and research capabilities in the industry. There are two modes in which the laboratory is operated: specialized and routine core characterization, and research

Integrated PoroMechanics Institute (iPMI)

The integrated PoroMechanics Institute (iPMI) offers an integrated platform to researchers of various disciplines including petroleum engineering, geology, geophysics, civil engineering, computer science, and electrical engineering to conduct general and applied research on the mechanics of porous media, in particular geomechanics applied to exploration and production of hydrocarbons.

Research Institute for STEM Education (RISE)

The Research Institute for STEM Education brings together a multi-disciplinary research team whose mission is to study the complex array of factors contributing to diverse student's academic experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors (STEM) and to make recommendations to academic policy makers based on those factors.

Risk-Based Systems Analysis Laboratory

The Risk-Based Systems Analysis Laboratory focuses on the development of theory, methodology, and application towards risk-based decision making in engineering systems. Primary areas of interests lie in (i) modeling the reliability, resilience, and interdependent economic impacts of disruptions to critical infrastructure networks and (ii) enhancing data-driven decision making for large-scale system sustainment.

Sooner Engineering Education Center (SEED)

The Sooner Engineering Education Center (SEED) is a multi-disciplinary Center dedicated to the creation and application of innovative engineering education initiatives and research leading to recruiting, nurturing, and retaining students within engineering pathways at all stages of the educational enterprise.

Southern Plains Transportation Center (SPTC)

Climate Adaptive Transportation and Freight Infrastructure is the primary focus of SPTC’s research, education and workforce enhancement goals. With eight academic institutions in the SPTC consortium, two international collaborators, and strong connections with the state departments of transportation, the private sector, and institutional level transportation centers, the SPTC is well-equipped to address these challenges. In addition to addressing critical regional and national needs, access to unique resources (e.g., National Weather Center, NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory, Oklahoma Mesonet, West Texas Mesonet, and Radar Innovation Laboratory) and tremendous opportunity to engage under-represented groups (particularly, Hispanic, Native American and African American) make this Center's focus important and timely.

Water Technologies for Emerging Regions (WaTER) Center

The University of Oklahoma WaTER (Water Technologies for Emerging Regions) Center aims to promote peace by advancing health, education and economic development through sustainable water and sanitation solutions for impoverished regions. The WaTER Center hosts an undergraduate WaTER minor, international research on water quantity, quality and equity issues, as well as a biennial conference and WaTER Prize ceremony.

Wireless and Electromagnetic Compliance and Design Center (WECAD)

Electromagnetic compliance and wireless coexistence are often a lengthy expensive process. To this end, the Wireless and Electromagnetic Compliance and Design Center (WECAD) offers customers a wide range of testing with relatively low costs. The lab runs pre-scan testing at an economical fixed rate created as a cost-effective means of identifying electromagnetic compliance (EMC) problems. Radiated emissions, conducted emissions and radiated immunity are just a few examples of automated tests run in an anechoic chamber consisting of fully lined RF absorbing ferrite tiles, a floor mounted turn-table, conductive plane, antenna mount, and several video cameras for observation. The WECAD center offers a diverse range of operating frequencies and analysis equipment available for customer use. WECAD has recently developed a radiated wireless coexistence testing protocols for medical devices operating in ISM bands. The testing validates medical devices capabilities to share the medium (RF channel) and not inhibit (RF channel) other wireless technologies present in the same environment. Coexistence evaluation is conducted with WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, and RF Identification (active and passive).