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Research Capabilities

The College of Engineering faculty members are very active in both basic and applied research as evident from the number of grants obtained, resulting publications and conference participation during each academic year.

Scientific research in the College of Engineering is organized under the following 5 domains:

  • Computer, Power, Telecommunications & Microelectronics
  • Manufacturing and Process Engineering
  • Bio, Nano and Emerging Technologies
  • Energy, Water and Environment
  • Design, Construction and Building Technologies

 Research areas within each department are listed below:

 Architectural Engineering

1. Architectural Theory and Criticism

2. Urban Planning and Infrastructure

3. Building Construction and Project Management

4. Sustainable Built Environment

5. Building Performance and Technology

 Chemical Engineering

1. Gas Separation and Industrial Wastewater Treatment Technologies

2. Polymer and Membrane Processing

3. Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering

4. Food and Pharmaceutical Processing

5. Desalination and Water Purification

6. CO2 Capture and Environmental Engineering

Civil and environmental Engineering

1. Structural Engineering

2. Construction Engineering and Management

3. Highway and Transportation

4. Geotechnical Engineering

5. Water Resources Engineering

6. Environmental Engineering

7. Surveying

Electrical Engineering

1. Power Systems, Power Electronic and Control Systems

2. Electronics and Microelectronics

3. Communications Signal Processing, and Communication Networks

4. Computer Systems and Networks

Material Science and Engineering

1. Polymer/Composite Materials

2. Energy/Superconducting Materials

3. Ceramics

4. Nanomaterials

5. Stress/Fatigue/Fracture Mechanics

Mechanical Engineering

1. Thermofluids

2. Dynamics and Control

3. Materials

4. Nanotechnology

5. Biotechnology

6. Energy and Environment

Petroleum Engineering

1. Reservoir Characterization and Engineering

2. Enhanced Oil Recovery and Production Operations

3. Fluid Flow in Porous Media

4. Modeling of Fluid Properties of Crude Oil and Natural Gas

5. Multiphase Flow in Wells

Water Resources

1. Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics

2. Water Resources Management

3. Surface Water Hydrology

4. Ground Water

5. Desalination and Wastewater Treatment

6. Coastal Hydraulics

In addition, the college also manages two research centers:

  1. Roadway, Transportation and Traffic Safety Research Center (RTTSRC), which conducts transportation projects with government and industry.
  2. Building and Construction Research Center (BCRC), which provides consultations to municipalities, real estate developers, contractors, and consulting companies as well as expert testimony for court cases.

Furthermore, the College of Engineering is involved in some of the following new university-wide research centers, such as; the National Water Center focusing on water quality, water technology, and ecosystem, and a proposed Center for Energy and Environment focusing on petroleum, upstream and downstream, renewable and alternative energy, energy efficiency, and energy studies and policy.

Jul 27, 2017