Research News

   

Studying Asthma

Dr. Zhenyu Li (Biomedical Engineering): Dr. Li and his research group use micro- and nano-technologies to build medical devices that can be used for biological research or for disease diagnosis. He has made significant breakthroughs in designing “lab-on-a-chip” technologies to diagnose other diseases, and his current project builds on some of these previous successes.

The Arc of an Idea

Dr. Pedro Silva (Civil & Environmental Engineering): Dr. Pedro Silva has developed a hypothesis about a novel shear wall design that he believes will mitigate damage from earthquakes, thereby decreasing the number of buildings that have to be closed following an earthquake. He will soon begin testing his design in the Science and Engineering Hall’s high bay.

Keeping Information Flowing

Dr. Hyeong-Ah Choi (Computer Science): When a catastrophic event occurs, first responders need to have timely and reliable communication with each other and with people affected by the event. Dr. Hyeong-Ah Choi and her research team have been working for two years to develop a more resilient broadband public safety network.

Keeping the Lights On

Dr. Payman Dehghanian (Electrical & Computer Engineering): Dr. Dehghanian studies power system resilience in the face of extreme weather conditions or cyberattacks that can compromise national security, helping to improve the planning and operations of power systems to create a more resilient and sustainable electric grid and mitigate the consequences of these events.

An Ounce of Prevention

Dr. Joost Santos (Engineering Management & Systems Engineering): Dr. Santos studies disaster risk management, developing hybrid models from the fields of systems engineering and economics to learn how to predict the ripple effects of disasters across interdependent infrastructure and economic systems, studying problems such as production disruptions or allocation of emergency responders after disasters.

An Engineer’s Friend

Dr. Santiago Solares (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering): We all need friends, and who among us wouldn’t appreciate a friend who does the hard, unglamorous, behind-the-scenes work that allows us to shine? Dr. Solares is that friend. He does the behind-the-scenes materials and measurement science research that other engineers can rely on to build the nano-scale devices that amaze the rest of the world.

Shedding Light on the Matter

Dr. Emilia Entcheva (Biomedical Engineering): Testing for the cardiac side effects of anti-cancer drugs is essential, but it is a lengthy and expensive process, and pharmaceutical companies are eager to find ways to speed it up and reduce costs. This is where the pioneering work of Dr. Emilia Entcheva may prove very helpful.

The Promise of Photo-Catalysts

Dr. Danmeng Shuai (Civil & Environmental Engineering): Environmental engineers like Dr. Danmeng Shuai are hard at work seeking new methods to treat water to remove a new class of contaminants called emerging contaminants.

Extreme Imaging

Dr. Robert Pless (Computer Science): Cameras have become ubiquitous. Security cameras increasingly dot our landscapes, and smart phones mean that most of us have a camera at the ready at all times. Dr. Robert Pless foresees the myriad beneficial applications of the images these cameras capture, and he is capitalizing on them to help address national needs and social justice issues.

Working Remotely

Dr. Roger Lang (Electrical & Computer Engineering): For 10 years Dr. Roger Lang has worked with NASA and its microwave satellite instrument Aquarius to measure the surface salinity of the ocean. The bottom line of this is for NASA to understand the effects of climate change.

Better Decision Making

Dr. Erica Gralla (Engineering Management & Systems Engineering): Dr. Erica Gralla knows that better models of decision making can dramatically improve system performance and outcomes, so she works to develop models to better reflect the structures and context of various systems in which decisions are made. One system she studies is disaster response supply chains.

At the Crossroads of Science

Dr. Elias Balaras (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering): Dr. Elias Balaras conducts research in multi-physics simulations in a variety of fluid mechanics problems. Stated another way, he uses powerful super-computers and advanced math models to tackle challenging fluid flow problems in biology and engineering.

Dr. Park’s Robot Helps Autistic Children Build Social Skills

Department of Biomedical Engineering: In April, USA Today featured Dr. Park in its pages, highlighting his work to program robots that can communicate with children with autism.  His goal is to help autistic children learn to become more comfortable interacting with other children and adults.

Dr. Efimov and Colleagues Team up on Cardiac Arrhythmia Research

Department of Biomedical Engineering: Dr. Efimov is working closely with faculty from top engineering schools on two new grants with total funding of more than $8 million.

Science and Engineering Hall

Changing the Way We Work: The new Science and Engineering Hall is changing the way we work.