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City College of the City University of New York - 2017

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

Areas of study include physiological processes; transport phenomena; biomaterial interactions; cell and molecular biology. Linear systems; biomedical electronics and measurements. Experimental methods in Biomedical Engineering. Biophysics. Bioprocess engineering. Cell and tissue engineering. Impact of biomedical technology.

Chemical Engineering

Areas of study include controlled drug release, transport phenomena, fluid mechanics, interfacial phenomena, boiling heat transfer, air pollution control, fluidization; powder technology; chemical reaction engineering; separation with partially miscible fluids; polymers and polymer films; computer-aided process design, simulation, economics, energy.

Civil Engineering

Areas of study include transportation, earthquake engineering, reliability of bridges, soil structure interaction, foundation engineering, wave propagation, fracture mechanics, composite structures, leachate treatment, municipal and industrial waste treatment including physicochemical and biological processes, water resources, surface water hydraulics and hydrology, remote sensing application in natural resources forecasting, reservoir modeling, non-point source pollution, modeling of groundwater.

Computer Science

Areas of study include computer systems (architecture, distributed systems, networks and information management), theoretical computer science (formal systems, computability, complexity and modeling), and scientific computing (numerical analysis, simulation and optimization methods). Active areas of research include computer graphics, image processing, multimedia, virtual reality, computational geometry, mathematics of computation, cryptography, artificial intelligence, neural networks, mathematical fluid dynamics and simulation, networked, distributed computing, database systems, information management and virtual organization, economics of information and computer-supported cooperative work.

Electrical Engineering

Areas of study include communications; computer networks engineering; photonics engineering, including optical communications, nonlinear optics, remote sensing and lidar for atmospheric and environmental studies; atmospheric solid state lasers; optical engineering; parallel processing; VLSI design; control and control system engineering; image and signal processing; multidimensional filter design; nanotechnology.

Mechanical Engineering

Areas of study include fluid mechanics and turbulence, biomedical engineering, dynamics, machine dynamics, stress analysis, vibrations, microelectronic cooling, heat transfer, aerodynamics, turbomachinery, robotics, computer simulation in manufacturing, materials, fracture mechanics, composite material

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Benjamin Levich Institute for Physicochemical Hydrodynamics

The Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics, an internationally recognized research center for fluid dynamics, is closely associated with the Chemical Engineering Department and is headed by Professor Jeffrey Morris. The current scope of the Institute's research is in five major areas: low Reynolds number hydrodynamics, non-linear dynamics and chaos, computational fluid dynamics, transport across and along interfaces, and turbulence. Examples include: particle migrations in concentrated suspensions undergoing shear, the influence of surfactants on the motion of drops and bubbles, microscopic fluid mechanics using molecular dynamics simulations, shear-flow/free surface interactions, general stability theory and chaotic mixing. The Institute has excellent laboratory and computational facilities.

Center for Advanced Engineering Design and Development (CAEDD)

CAEDD was established to conduct industrially funded, applied research and development projects.

Center for Advanced Technology (CUNY CAT)

CIP (formerly CUNY CAT) facilitates industry’s access to University faculty, staff and laboratories, and promotes the training of students by working on real-world projects of interest to industry. Together, CIP and its industrial partners collaborate on research and development programs across the entire spectrum of commercial technology, including pharmaceuticals, neuroscience and bioengineering, energy generation and storage, environmental monitoring and conservation, homeland defense and security, information technology and communications, nanoscience and innovative materials, lasers and electro-optical devices, and robotics.

Center for Algorithms and Interactive Scientific Software (CAISS)

Current research projects at CAISS include: new group-theoretic based encryption schemes, security for cloud computing, privacy-preserving and anonymous communication techniques, identity-based key management, password-based protocols, etc. Some of this projects are described in more detail in the "Projects" section of this website.

CAISS continues to manage the New York Group Theory Cooperative which organizes New York Group Theory Seminar, held at the CUNY Graduate Center and is host to and participates in a number of research projects world wide. The New York Group Theory Seminar is probably the longest continuously running research seminar in New York. It has been held for more than 50 years. There are usually 20 seminars every academic year.

CAISS supports or has supported, a number of additional open source projects including MAGNUS and the computational algebra package AXIOM. In addition CAISS is involved in fostering research for gifted high school students, mentoring undergraduates, masters and doctoral students in mathematics and computer science.

Support for CAISS has been provided by the National Science Foundation, the deans of Science and Engineering, the Provost of the City College of New York, and the Chancellor of the City University of New York.

Center for Analysis of Structures and Interfaces (CASI)

CASI is an interdisciplinary research center that focuses on new applications of nanostructures and nanomaterials in sensors and energy systems. More recently, CASI has expanded its research efforts, under a new externally funded NSF centers project entitled "Center for Exploitation of Nanostructures in Sensors and Energy Systems (CENSES)," to conduct research indicated above, but also to investigate emerging technologies and novel characterization techniques for nanostructures and nanomaterials

Center for Information Networking and Telecommunications (CINT)

The Center for Information Networking and Telecommunications conducts research in wired and wireless communications and information networking.

Center for Metamaterials

The Center for Metamaterials is an NSF‐sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. We provide a forum for cooperative research on the development and application of metamaterials. Metamaterials are patterned and/or composite materials that exhibit effective permittivity, permeability or refractive index properties not found in nature. These are commonly the result of resonant phenomena arising from the subwavelength-scaled elements forming those patterns or composites. The smaller these elements or meta-atoms, with respect to the wavelength of the electromagnetic radiation, the better the metamaterial satisfies effective medium criteria and can be treated as a genuinely new material. Such materials have the potential to provide index values that are very large, less than unity or negative, all of which have broad applications.
The Center’s mission is to provide a collaborative multi-university facility to research, design, fabricate and test a wide range of metamaterials. There is strong industry interest in metamaterials, as they are being used to develop new or higher-performing optical, electronic, and acoustic devices.

Center for Water Resources and Environmental Research (CWRER)

The Center for Water Resources and Environmental Research(CWRER)was established in 1993 to meet the need for interdisciplinary study and education in the area of natural resources, water and environment.

The Center is tackling the diverse, interdisciplinary problem of water resources and environmental issues with broad approaches beginning with research on the sources of natural hazards, pollution movement, surface water and groundwater cleanup, wetland preservation, reservoir protection, watershed management, hydraulics and hydrology of natural flow systems, nonpoint source pollution, preservation of ecology, and related topics. Included are both technical and social/political issues arising from these problems.

CUNY Institute of Urban Systems (CIUS)

The CUNY Institute for Transportation Systems is a multi-disciplinary inter-college effort which addresses transportation issues affecting the economic and social life of the city, state and region. Institute activities include pure and applied research, policy analysis, analysis of urban and transportation systems, modeling, forecasting, professional training and development, outreach to inform and attract students to careers in engineering and transportation, and outreach to inform and empower the public concerning transportation issues.

Dean's Office

The Dean's office research activities are aimed at improving the participation of minorities and women in science and engineering, in collaboration with other STEM divisions and departments and USA institutions.

Environmental Science and Engineering Institute (ESEI)

ESEI administers the CiPASS program. Its main goals are to improve CCNY graduation and retention rates and increase the number of students receiving STEM degrees, particularly those from underrepresented groups.
The five key elements of CiPASS are:
A summer STEM Bridge Program to improve the readiness and academic self-confidence of entering students;
Online instruction to support math skills development;
Real-time performance assessment with individualized academic intervention;
Experiential and entrepreneurial learning;
Recruitment and support for transfer students in partnership with CUNY Community Colleges.

Institute for Municipal Waste Research

The Institute for Municipal Waste Research , a University-wide institute chartered in 1991, is headquartered in the School of Engineering. It was formed to mobilize the intellectual resources of the university to assist New York City and other urban communities across the nation in finding and implementing solutions to the problems of municipal waste. It conducts research on the generation, treatment, processing, recycling, and disposal of municipal waste, as well as on other related topics. The research encompasses both technical and federal agencies having responsibility for municipal waste, as well as organizations representing the public interest.

Areas of current technical interest include improved methods for water and waste treatment, heat treatment of sewage sludge to increase methane production, ground water contamination, incinerator modeling and simulation, and alternatives to landfill disposal (e.g., utilization of incinerator ash in concrete).

Institute for Transportation Systems (ITS)

ITS, based in the Department of Civil Engineering at City College, trains transportation planners, engineers and managers to plan, design, operate and manage transportation systems that protect the environment and energy resources and cause minimal social disruption.

The study of transportation is approached as a multidisciplinary field, and is grounded both in professional practice and research. An interdisciplinary University institute, ITS researchers focus on structural engineering mechanics, environmental engineering and water resources, and transportation engineering.

ITS also supports the graduate program in transportation offered by the Department of Civil Engineering. The curriculum is established to provide a broad range of transportation research, training and policy analysis at the local, state, regional and federal levels, as well as with commerce and industry. Graduates of the transportation program will be prepared to assume the functions of planning, designing, building, operating, analyzing, and managing the transportation systems so vital to the efficient functioning of our modern society.

Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers (IUSL)

The Institute for Ultrafast Specrtroscopy and Lasers houses the New York State Center for Ultrafast Photonic Materials and Applications


NOAA Center for Earth System Sciences & Remote Sensing Technologies Center aims to conduct research consistent with NOAA’s interests of Environmental Assessment, Prediction and Environmental Stewardship. NOAA-CREST research creates a framework to recruit, educate, train and graduate undergraduate and graduate students especially from underrepresented minority communities for professional opportunities and thus create a diverse STEM workforce for NOAA, other federal agencies, private sectors and academia.

CUNY’S Cooperative Center for Earth System Sciences & Remote Sensing Technologies (CREST) is a multidisciplinary center is led by the City College that brings together Lehman College and Bronx Community College, New York City Tech College, and partner institutions like Hampton University, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Columbia University. These institutions form a broad-based research team in remote sensing applied to earth, atmospheric, environmental, and marine sciences.

The Center’s research and training focuses on all aspects of remote sensing including sensor development, satellite remote sensing, ground-based field measurements, data processing and analysis, modeling, and forecasting. CREST is an outstanding example of collaboration among institutions to educate and train students in the field of environmental remote sensing by conducting research consistent with NOAA’s Science Goals and Missions. Recruitment and training focuses on mentoring undergraduate, masters and doctoral students into scientific and engineering disciplines in which they can specialize in remote sensing.

NOAA-CREST students and faculty/researchers work in line with the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service’ (NESDIS), Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), CREST thematic research & education projects are designed to address NOAA’s main missions of Sciences, Services, and Stewardships. NOAA CREST members also work in close collaborations with other NOAA line office including National Weather Service (NWS), Office of Atmospheric Research (OAR), and National Ocean Services (NOS).

NY Center for Biomedical Engineering (NYCBE)

The Center for Biomedical Engineering (CBE), a CUNY Institute , is a Consortium of the School of Engineering at City College, the CUNY Medical School, the Hospital for Joint Diseases/NYU Medical School, and the Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical College.
Biomedical engineering is a relatively new and still evolving field which represents a currently expanding market. Biomedical engineers use traditonal engineering expertise to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine in order to provide an overall enhancement of health care. The consortium provides graduate students with access to a diverse faculty of more than 35 researchers and unique research opportunities.

The Biomedical Engineering concentration is an integrated endeavor that is both interinstitutional and interdepartmental in nature. Faculty are drawn from the consortium and from the departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Current faculty research areas include:

Animal Locomotion,
Bioheat Transfer,
Biomedical Imaging,
Microvascular Transport,
Orthopaedic Biomechanics,
Soft Tissue Mechanics,
Arterial Disease,
Biosignal Processing and Medical Instrumentation,
Renal Function.

The Energy Institute

The Energy Institute was established in the Department of Chemical Engineering in the mid nineteen-sixties as the "clean Fuel Institute". The institute was reorganized as the Energy Institute in 2008. The goal of the institute is to develop and evaluate new, "green" and alternative energy systems and fuels.

University Transportation Research Center (UTRCII)

The Region 2 University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) is one of ten original University Transportation Centers established in 1987 by the U.S. Congress. These Centers were established with the recognition that transportation plays a key role in the nation's economy and the quality of life of its citizens. University faculty members provide a critical link in resolving our national and regional transportation problems while training the professionals who address our transportation systems and their customers on a daily basis.

The UTRC was established in order to support research, education and the transfer of technology in the field of transportation. The theme of the Center is "Planning and Managing Regional Transportation Systems in a Changing World." Presently, under the direction of Dr. Camille Kamga, the UTRC represents USDOT Region II, including New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Functioning as a consortium of nineteen (19) major universities* throughout the region, UTRC is located at the CUNY Institute for Transportation Systems at The City College of New York, the lead institution of the consortium. The Center, through its consortium, an Agency-Industry Council and its Director and Staff, supports research, education, and technology transfer under its theme.