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University of Wisconsin-Madison - 2017

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

Biomaterials; biomechanics; biomedical computing & signal processing; bioinstrumentation; biosensors & electrodes; medical imaging; micro-electromechanical systems; minimally invasive medicine & surgery; neurophysiology; radiological engineering; rehabilitation engineering;; targeted drug delivery; tissue engineering; neural engineering, neural rehabilitation, neural prostheses, stem cell bioengineering, microfluidics, cell & cancer biology, global health, image-guided interventions and thermal ablation, biophotonics, nanofabrication and nanotechnology, biofluidics, vascular biomechanics, systems biology, cellular scale engineering, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine, cellular microenvironment, optogenetics, bioinspired materials, personalized and regenerative medicine, mechanics and control of movement, orthopedic biomechanics.

Chemical & Biological Engineering

Colloids and Surface Science; Soft materials synthesis, characterization, processing; Complex Fluids and transport phenomena; Catalysis, electrocatalysis and reaction engineering; first-principles modeling; microkinetic modeling; novel catalyst design and synthesis; fuels and chemicals from renewables; biological/environmental systems; stem cells engineering; biomass & food processing; polymers; high-performance parallel computing; applied immunology, fermentation technology; Design/control of single processes & entire industrial systems, dynamic behavior of reactors; scheduling and optimization.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Construction Engineering and Management; Environmental Engineering; Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering; Geo-Spatial Information Engineering; Structural Engineering; Transportation and City Planning; Water Resources Engineering; and Water Chemistry.

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Research in the EE graduate program focuses on technological applications in sensing, information, and energy. The primary research areas that support these applications are as follows: applied physics (including electromagnetics, plasmas and fusion energy, and solid state electronics and photonics), information theory and systems (including automatic control systems, communications and signal processing, and machine learning), computer engineering (including computer architecture, mobile systems and wireless networks, and electronic design automation), electric energy and power systems (including power electronics and power systems analysis), and a cross-cutting thrust involving advances in healthcare technologies.

Engineering Physics

Current research areas: Nuclear Engr - fission reactor safety and reactor relicensing; risk assessment; thermal hydraulics; computational reactor physics and radiation transport; experimental and theoretical fusion plasma physics; fusion reactor analysis; fusion and fission reactor material research; Engr Physics - applied superconductivity; plasma processing; ion implantation; materials science; Engr Mechanics - continum mechanics; fracture mechanics; development of finite element methods; dynamic and system identification.

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Decision Sciences/Operations Research: improve quality of decisions in resource management with mathematical techniques; Health Systems Research: resource allocation, quality of care, assessment of medical technologies; Human Factors: ergonomics, sociotechnical systems, human factors engineering design, occupational safety; Manufacturing & Production Systems: design, analyze and improve manufacturing systems;

Materials Science & Engineering

Applied Superconductivity; Surface Properties and Thin Film Deposition; Rapid Solidification; Solidification Processing; Properties and Processing of Ceramics; Surface Modification; Electron Microscopy and Image Processing; Crystal Growth; Micromechanical properties; Cast Metals processing

Mechanical Engineering

Thermal Science: thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, combustion, optical diagnostics; Dynamics, Vibrations & Acoustics: analytical, numerical, & experimental methods applied to characterization of mechanical components, structures, systems, materials; Mechatronics, Robotics & Automation: design/manufacturing of machines, systems, products, mechanisms, processes; Materials processing on polymers and cast metals; biomechanics and orthopedics.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS)

CHESS develops innovative health systems in order to optimize individuals’ health behaviors, quality of life, and access to services. The center’s research focuses on improving treatment delivery systems in the behavioral healthcare field, and sets the standard in the field of interactive health communication technologies.

Center for Health Systems Research & Analysis

Develops and evaluates healthcare decision support and information systems; provides decision support to national and state organizations in assessing and improving quality of care; develops and evaluates patient and caregiver support systems; performs analyses to promote efficient healthcare payment and care practice; conducts research in quality assessment and improvement, long-term care, public health policy, consumer decision making, and patient education and support.

Center for Human Performance & Risk Analysis

Studies human performance and decision-making process in complex advanced technology systems; promotes new research related to human performance using an interdisciplinary approach; research in human perception and information processing, design of human-machine interfaces, communications flow and task coordination, process control, materials handling and risk management, impacts of cultural background/organizational culture, and integration of new technologies into organizations.

Center for Plasma Theory & Computation

Develops analytical and computational models of plasma equilibrium, waves, instabilities, radio-frequency wave heating, turbulence and transport for applications to magnetically confined plasmas and controlled fusion; analyzes space plasma wave propagation and heating; administrates cluster of workstations and local network interface to NERSC Cray supercomputers for plasma/fusion research.

Center for Quality & Productivity Improvement

Develops and clarifies methods for improving industrial quality and productivity. Offers short courses, conferences, symposia on modern quality and productivity improvement specifically designed for engineers and statistical practitioners.

Center for Quick Response Manufacturing

Works with manufacturing firms on implementing the latest lead-time reduction techniques; provides workshops and educational seminars on quick response manufacturing (QRM); acts as forum for firms to share QRM implementation experiences for mutual benchmarking.

Engine Research Center

Applies diagnostic and imaging methods to reciprocating engines; initiates research in upgraded computational fluid models; engages in diesel research; conducts small-engine research.

Fusion Technology Institute

Converts thermonuclear energy to useful form in both magnetic and inertial confinement fields; examines fusion reactor design, fusion materials development, plasma theory, fusion reactor safety, intense particle beam propagation and applications of fusion power in space.

HSX Plasma Laboratory

Examines various problems associated with using fusion on Earth to make new energy source; constructing new research device called HSX; uses toroidal plasma magnetic confinement devices to create a series of closed toroidal magnetic surfaces used to confine and heat plasmas.

HVAC & R Center

Offers technology assistance to U.S. electric power industry; studies advanced air conditioning and refrigeration systems; examines dehumidification technology and serves as resource for refrigerant issues.

Industrial Hand Tool and Ergonomics Research Consortium

The consortium promotes research in occupational ergonomics and biomechanics, investigating innovative ways for measuring, quantifying and understanding human physiological and biomechanical capacities to do productive, quality, and healthful work. The goal is to design jobs, equipment, tools, products, and environments in which people play a significant role, so that human capabilities are maximized, physical stress is minimized, and workload is optimized.

Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC)

Carries out research in the detailed formation, characterization and exploitation of materials at the nanoscale, including the fundamental mechanisms of film growth in chemical vapor deposition and engineered magnetic oxides.

Materials Science Center

Provides state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities, and expert technical support for research and education in materials; instruments available for wide range of techniques including electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction; surfacr analysis techniques and more; facilitates solutions to reserach problems of fundamental and applied nature.

Modified Asphalt Research Center (MARC)

MARC’s mission is to create and disseminate knowledge and technologies necessary for engineering modified asphalts, leading to longer lasting hot-mix asphalt pavements that require less energy to build. MARC testing equipment and knowledge are utilized by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department to support laboratory and lecture coursework.

Polymer Engineering Center

Advances knowledge of polymer engineering and processing through a wide range of expertise and research interests including traditional areas, composites to smart materials, conventional to innovative processes, and advanced modeling, simulation and web-based tools for design and manufacturing.

Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSerc)

Contributes to the restructuring of the electric power industry without compromising its standing as a reliable component of the infrastructure by using analytical, technical, regulatory, economic and educational dimensions.

Reed Center for Photonics

Develops novel photonic devices; research in high-power coherent semiconductor lasers, quantum-confinement optical devices, guide-wave optics, and novel materials for photonic devices.

Solar Energy Laboratory

Educates students through research experiences in solar and conventional building energy utilization; applies engineering principles to energy problems; develops and uses simulation methods for performing numerical experiments on solar heating/cooling, photovoltaics, desiccant cooling, HVAC systems and refrigeration.

Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center

Researches wastes, environmental effects, and design for the environment; conducts projects on waste processing, beneficial utilization and designing environmental preferable products/processes; provides outreach education on technical topics relating to the environment; conducts in-plant pollution-prevention opportunity assessments.

UW E-Business Institute

Serves as Wisconsin's leading center for multidisciplinary research collaboration, technology innovation and industry outreach on e-business.

Water Science & Engineering Lab

A multidisciplinary facility devoted to research and graduate student training. The lab offers facilities and conducts research in area such as environmental chemistry, aquaculture, water treatment, and limnology.

Wisconsin Applied Computing Center

The center’s mission is to foster engineering innovation and scientific discovery through advanced computer modeling, simulation, and visualization. The center operates a CPU-GPU heterogeneous supercomputer " the second fastest at the UW-Madison.

Wisconsin Center for Applied Microelectronics

Supports research and development in various areas including microfabrication techniques, device theory and modeling, integrated sensors, micromechanical devices and integrated optoelectronics, as well as MOS, bipolar and compound semiconductor processing.

Wisconsin Consortium for Applied Water Quality Research

The purpose of the consortium is to conduct water quality research of general interest to Wisconsin’s drinking water and waste water utilities.

Wisconsin Electric Machines & Power Electronics Consortium

Develops and tests power electronic equipment for industrial applications; coordinates research with power electronics manufacturers and users in industrial and commercial businesses; works to develop packaging concepts for power electronic equipment.

Wisconsin Energy Institute

Provides an objective forum to exchange ideas on energy issues, and to focus, integrate and transfer knowledge to better understand challenges and identify needs in energy sources, technology, use and impact by fostering the creation of collaborative energy projects and research opportunities, preparing energy leaders of today and tomorrow and to enhance public understanding of pressing energy issues.

Wisconsin Institute for Healthcare Systems Engineering

The Wisconsin Institute for Healthcare Systems Engineering (WIHSE) is a research initiative in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin " Madison which will act as a hub to bring together practitioners and researchers in health care and engineering to conduct research, create new knowledge, and design better systems in health care.

The vision of WIHSE is “to be the premier research institute that transforms health care through engineering, positioning us to achieve the Quadruple Aim of revolutionizing the patient experience, improving population health, controlling healthcare costs, and enhancing clinician satisfaction.”

Wisconsin Institute of Nuclear Systems

Focuses on nuclear technology development, risk analysis, safety of current facilities and advanced technology applications; promotes better communication/cooperation among university researchers; provides technical information/assistance to industry and government.

Wisconsin Structures & Materials Testing Lab

Supports research in developing new engineering materials, applications for existing materials and innovative structural systems, pavements and related testing protocols; conducts structural and materials testing such as fatigue, fracture, stress analysis, vibration, earth-structure interaction; and non-destructive testing for instruction, research and industry needs.

Wisconsin Transportation Center

Concentrates on research to improve highway maintenance, discover and test alternative transportation modes, and measure the performance of transportation systems, including technical and policy research.

Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI)

WISELI’s mission is to promote the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering. WISELI also has a broader goal of broadening participation in all STEM fields, and as such WISELI is home to the Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP), an NSF-funded program with a goal of increasing the numbers of URM students receiving Bachelors degrees in a STEM discipline.