Faculty research

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Here are some of the current research activities for ENCS faculty.

Computer science research

  • Computer graphics, modeling and rendering intricate shapes using fractals, real-time shading (Wayne Cochran)
  • Artificial intelligence, knowledge-base validation, meta-cognitive agents,
    agent architectures (Scott Wallace)
  • Parallel and distributed systems, concurrency, resource coordination and control, grid/cloud computing, green computing (Xinghui Zhao)
  • Storage systems, operating systems, and parallel and distributed data management systems (Xuechen Zhang)

Mechanical Engineering Research

  • Computational mechanics, finite element and boundary element methods; modeling and characterization of advanced materials; image-based simulation and characterization in biomedical applications; reduced-order modeling and multiphysics simulation of micro-electro-mechanical systems; inverse problems in biomedical imaging, inverse problems in structural acoustics and vibration (Linda Chen)
  • Robotics, automation, fuzzy logic, haptic interfaces for virtual reality (Hakan Gurocak)
  • Manufacturing of hybrid composite materials, manufacturing and mechanical performance validation of composites for renewable energy systems, fatigue enhancement process development and analysis, solid freeform fabrication of high dense metals, micro EDM of advanced materials (Dave Kim)
  • Advanced energy systems, micro energy conversion devices, thermal management, multiphase heat and mass transfer, novel working fluid, utilization of renewable energy sources, waste-heat harvesting, refrigeration and HVAC systems (Yoon Jo Kim)
  • Micro-actuator flow control, micro-channel thermal enhancement, electronics cooling, animal and biological fluid dynamics, micro-fluidics, aerodynamic control, advanced fluid diagnostic methods, volcanic fluid dynamics (Stephen Solovitz)
  • Modeling of microfluidic flows, computational fluid dynamics, additive manufacturing (3D printing), manufacturing processes for fiber reinforced composites, porous media flows (Hua Tan)

Electrical Engineering Research

  • Antenna design and analysis, implantable antennas, microwave theory, ultra-wide band antennas and numerical techniques (Tutku Karacolak)
  • Gas sensors and biosensors targeting environmental pollution, national security and energy security; microfabrication and materials characterization (Praveen Sekhar)
  • SiC and GaN based high voltage/power devices for energy conversion and power management; high frequency devices for radar, avionics and communication; and MEMS/NEMS sensors for biomedical and harsh environment applications (Feng Zhao)