College of Engineering
Under the leadership of internationally renowned researcher and member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dean James M. Tien (recruited in 2007), the College offers graduate programs in both traditional and interdisciplinary areas of study. The primary focus lies in three major research areas: Health and Technobiology, Informatics and Risk, and Sustainable and Smart Systems, each of which is innovative and requires cross-disciplinary collaboration across schools.
Healthcare and Technobiology is focused on the application of technology to biomedical and healthcare delivery issues, including personalized medicine, DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, preventive care, drug delivery and neuroprosthetics. Ongoing efforts include new islet transplant technologies for treating diabetes; control of artificial limbs by human thought; optics and devices for ocular surgery and diagnostics; medical imaging; medical physics; neural networks; stem cells; bionanomaterials; biomechanics; and tissue engineering. Informatics and Risk is focused on sensors, imaging, big data analytics, evidence-based decision making, risk analysis, financial services and cyber-security. Ongoing efforts include multi-modal data fusion; cloud-based security for smartphones and wireless communications; trusted computing; smart storage; Big Data; aerospace simulations; and control of autonomous unmanned vehicles. Sustainable and Smart Systems is focused on clean energy, fuel cells, water resources, climate change, food security, environmental spills, resilient construction, and smart structures and materials. Ongoing efforts include assessments of energy usage in small companies; simulations of energy microgrids; structural health monitoring of bridges using acoustic emissions; and water recycling in dormitories.
Each of the three thrust areas cuts across all five of the departments within the College, including Biomedical Engineering; Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering; and Industrial Engineering. Within each thrust area, the specific research topics are as diverse as the funding sources, which include NSF, NIH, DARPA, Army, Air Force, Office of Naval Research, state government and industry.