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As part of the strategic planning process completed in 2011, the Engineering School undertook a critical evaluation of its current research strengths.

Four societal challenges capture much of the research strength within SEAS in 2011:

  • Creating a sustainable future — There is a need to better manage our natural resources while providing sufficient energy for improved life.
  • Engineering improved health — Technology and quantitative understanding of living systems can be used to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of disease and to improve the human condition.
  • Advancing the cyber and physical infrastructure — Although the current cyber and physical infrastructure allows society to function in ways that would have been unknown in the not-too-distant past, there are many challenges to reinvigorating and expanding the reach of this field.
  • Providing personal and societal security — The need for advances in protecting personal privacy and societal security has become increasingly important as more personal and societal functions rely on technology.

Search all Research Strengths here:

Current Research Strengths

Create a Sustainable

Improved Health

Advance Cyber/Physical Infrastructure

Provide Personal and Societal Security




Silvia Salinas Blemker   Multiscale Muscle Mechanics    
Jeff R. Crandall   Injury Biomechanics    
Richard W. Kent   Injury Biomechanics   Pediatric Restraint Systems
Hilary Bart-Smith       Bio-Inspired Engineering

Biomolecular Design

Giorgio Carta   Bioseparations Engineering    
Michael Shirts   Nanoscale Pharmacuetical Design    

Catalysis & Surface Reactivity

Robert Davis Bionewable Resources      

Corrosion & Electrochemistry

James T. Burns     Interaction of Localized Stress/Strain  
Richard P. Gangloff     High Performance Metal Alloys  
Robert G. Kelly Electrochemical Engineering   Corrosion Engineering  
Gary M. Koenig Composite Materials Engineering      
Elizabeth J. Opila Materials Durability      
John R. Scully Nano-engineered Materials   Lifetime/Corrosion Prediction  
Giovanni Zangari Electrochemical Energy Conversion   Electrochemical Materials Synthesis  



David Evans     Privacy Preserving Applications Mobile & Web Security
Abhi Shelat       Cryptography Research
Kevin Sullivan     Ultra-Large-Scale Systems Modularity & Economics

Dependability Research Group

Jack W. Davidson REEact System Research   REEact System Research Strata Dymanic Translators
David Evans     Privacy Preserving Applications Mobile & Web Security
John C. Knight     Assurance Based Development Helix Architecture
Westley Weimer     Helix Project Analysis of Non-Executable Artifacts

Ethics in Emerging Technologies

Rosalyn Berne   Ethics in Emerging Technology    
Michael Gorman Societal Nanotechnolgoy Cognitive-Social Analysis    
Deborah Johnson     Anaylizing Artificial Technologies Surveillance and Transparency


Kevin Skadron CPU/GPU Convergence HotSpot Technology HotSpot Technology CPU/GPU Convergence

Human Computer Interaction


Gregory Gerling   Computational Neuroscience    
Stephen Patek   Optimization of Medical Devices    

Medical Imaging


Scott Acton   Image & Video Analysis    
Brian Helmke   Celluar Mechanotransduction    
John Hossack   Improving Ultrasound Technologies    
Kimberly Kelly   Next Gen Cancer Diagnostics    
Craig Meyer   Developing MRI techniques    



Lloyd Harriott Photovoltaics   Moleclar Nanoelectronics  
Jiwei Lu Multiferroic Material Research   Vanadium Dioxide  
Mircea Stan High-Performance Low Power   SpinTop Computing  
Stuart Wolf Superconducting Devices   Spintronics & Nanomagnetics  

Next-Generation Aerospace Science


Harsha Chelliah     Jet Engine Effeciency  
Christopher Goyne     Applied Aerospace Research  
Hossein Haj-Hariri Efficient Thermal Management   Carbon-Fiber Composites Fluid Dynamic Modeling
Gabriel Laufer       Optical Detectors
James McDaniel       Hypersonic Propulsion

Optimization & Control

Peter Beling     Cyber-Physical Decision Systems  
Randy Cogill     Decision Making Optimazation  
Alfredo Garcia Economics of Energy Systems   Distributed Optimazation & Control  
Barry Horowitz     Cyber Security  
Stephen Patek   Optimization of Medical Devices    

Pervasive Computing

John Stankovic   Wireless Health Cyber Physical Systems Wireless Senor Networks
Gang Tao     Adaptive Systems & Controls Adaptive Systems & Controls
Kamin Whitehouse Smart Buildings   MacroLab Computing Smart Buildings
Alfred Weaver   Biotelemetrics Research   Crowdsourcing System

Risk Management of Engineering

James Lambert Energy/Environmental Management   Multiple Criteria Anaylsis Transportation Risk Assessment>

Scalable, Efficient & Reliable Circuits, Architectures and Systems

Benton Calhoun Energy Efficient Circuits Body Sensor Networks SRAM Design Automation  
Sudhanva Gurumurthi     Computer Architecture  
John Lach   Center for Wireless Health TEMPO Technology BSN Monitoring
Kevin Skadron CPU/GPU
HotSpot Technology HotSpot Technology CPU/GPU Convergence
Mircea Stan High-Performance Low Power   SpinTop Computing  

Software Engineering Programming Languages & Compilers


Jack W. Davidson     REEact System Research Strata Dymanic Translators
David Evans     Privacy Preserving Applications Mobile & Web Security
John C. Knight     Assurance Based Development Helix Architecture
Kevin Sullivan     Ultra-Large-Scale Systems Modularity & Economics
Westley Weimer     Helix Project  

Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

Andres Clarens Environmentaly Sustainable Technologies      
Lisa Colosi Peterson Enivonrmental Biochemistry      
Teresa Culver Environmental & Water Resources      

Space Science


Systems Biology & Cell Signaling


Kevin Janes   Cell-Signalling Bioanalysis    
Kimberly Kelly   Imaging Research    
Jason Papin   Computational Systems Biology    
Shayn Peirce-Cottler   Vascular & Tissue Systems BioEng    
Jeff Saucerman   Cardiac Systems Biology    

Terahertz Science & Engineering


N. Scott Barker     Micro-electromechanical Devices  
Tatiana Globus   Terahertz Spectroscopy Biosensing    
Arthur Lichtenberger   Terahertz Imaging Wafer Probe Technology  
Bobby Weikle   Terahertz Sensors Metrology & Wafer Probing  

Transportation Studies

Steven Chase Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering   Infrastructure Asset Management Nondestructive Infrastructure Evaluation
Michael Demetsky Transportation & Engineering   Transportation & Engineering Transportation Decision Support
Brian Park     Traffic Operations  
William Scherer Intelligent Systems Clinical Systems Engineering Intelligent Transportation Systems Markov Decision Process

Wireless Health


Benton Calhoun   Robust Low Power VLSI    
John Lach   Biomedical Body Sensor Networks    
Stephen Patek   Optimization of Medical Devices    
John Stankovic   Wireless Senor Networks    

In addition to these strength areas, several individual single PI research strengths (top 10 percent) in SEAS were identified (italics indicate PI is also listed as part of a research strength above):

Top 10% Single PI Strengths
Acton, Scott
Bart-Smith, Hilary
Brown, Donald
Campbell, Joe
Davis, Robert
Gupta, Mool
Kent, Richard
Knight, John
Norris, Pamela
Scully, John
Stankovic, Jack
Wadley, Haydn
Wolf, Stuart

New Faculty Hired Since 2011
Barnes, Connelly Barnes, Laura Beling, Andreas
Bowers, Steven Choi, Joshua Christ, George
Dong, Haibo Foley, Rider Garner, Gavin
Geise, Geoffrey Goodall, Jonathan Goyne, Chris
Harris, Devin Hopkins, Patrick Hu, Song
Kerrigan, Jason Lampe, Kyle LaViers, Amy
Li, Chris Mahmoody, Mohammad Messeri, Lisa
Munson, Jennifer Odumosu, Tolu Ozbulut, Osman
Panzer, Matthew Powell, Harry Qi, Yanjun (Jane)
Wang, Hongning Weller, Daniel Xu, Baoxing

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