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Research Overview

Faculty and Research-Overview

The College of Engineering prides itself on building a research agenda that addresses society’s most pressing challenges. Faculty and students are on a journey of continual discovery that results in inspired, multi-disciplinary research in many of the most transformative areas of engineering. Because of our location, we are surrounded by numerous academic and corporate institutions, uniquely positioning the College to address the needs of the city, region and beyond.

The College of Engineering educates through innovative research, using current technologies and a focus on critical societal challenges.  Unlike other institutions, our curriculum provides immediate research opportunities for the undergraduate student in our Freshmen Design program. This focus on research continues through to the senior year, culminating with Senior Design projects and competition, overseen by faculty and graduate students.

PhD students focus on many pertinent engineering topics, fusing theory with practical solutions in a diverse environment. Under the guidance of scholarly faculty, students become agents of new knowledge.

College of Engineering research areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Architectural Engineering and Building Information Modeling
  • Bioengineering
  • Circuit Design
  • Computing and Computational Science
  • Cyber Infrastructure
  • Digital Signal Processing and Systems
  • Energy Generation, Storage, Reuse and Recovery
  • Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Infrastructure Studies, Risk Analysis and Hazard Mitigation
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polymer Science
  • Robotics
  • Sustainability and the Environment
  • Translational Engineering and Health Sciences
  • Water Resources and Research
  • Wearable Electronics


For information regarding faculty research specializations, please visit the faculty directories of each College of Engineering department.