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Advanced Composite Materials Laboratory
The Advanced Composite Materials Laboratory is an instructional and research facility equipped for the fabrication, testing, and analysis of composite materials. The facility features specimen fabrication equipment, strain gage instrumentation and data acquisition equipment, and everything a researcher would need to manufacture or test composite materials.
The goal of our research is to improve mobility and
function in individuals with neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disabilities
through innovation in mechanical and biomedical engineering. We conduct
laboratory experiments and develops musculoskeletal
models and simulations to study the underlying mechanisms causing
movement and orthopedic disorders. We then use the insight gained from these
analyses to aid the design of robotic
assistive devices and treatment strategies, which are subsequently
evaluated and refined using experimental and computational methods.
Cardiovascular Biomechanics Lab
Our research group focuses on studying the mechanisms behind initiation and progression of different cardiovascular diseases. Particular attention is given to developing computational models that can capture the multiscale and multiphysics nature of cardiovascular disease. Our work spans a variety of disciplines such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational nonlinear structural mechanics, mass transport, dynamical systems, medical imaging, systems biology, and multiscale modeling.
Our research centers around the following areas: 1-Developing new methods that can predict the initiation and progression of disease. 2-Developing predictive multiscale models of long-term disease progression that connect cell-scale biology to organ-scale biomechanics. 3-Collaborating with experimentalists to build reliable computational models.
Clean Energy Research Laboratory
The clean energy research program in Mechanical Engineering is a multi-disciplinary effort that holds as its objective dramatically increased usage of affordable, clean (no carbon emissions) electricity resources that use little to no water, with the focus on wind and solar power. Electrical grid integration studies, wind flow modeling, and multilevel work with Native American partners are the core activities of the researchers. Graduate and undergraduate students are key contributors, working in partnership with utilities, regulating and market organizations, national labs and academia.
Computer Aided Design Laboratory
The Computer Aided Design Lab is an instructional and service facility that is equipped with 33 computers dedicated exclusively to undergraduate student use. Every terminal has various software packages installed, including AutoCAD and SolidWorks. When the lab is not in use for classes, students have access to it for their studies, projects, homework and assignments.
The Dynamic and Active Systems Laboratory
The Dynamic and Active Systems Lab is a research facility setup for the development and study of mechatronic and vibrating systems. Major equipment in the lab includes a single-point laser vibrometer, a data acquisition system, a fused deposition modeling 3D printer, and multiple pieces of active and passive electronic systems equipment. The lab’s systems are capable of simultaneous high-precision voltage and current source and sink for energy harvesting applications, and ultra high resolution velocity and displacement measurements for vibrating systems.
Engineering Design Laboratory
The Engineering Design Laboratory is an exclusively instructional facility designed specifically to meet our Design 4 Practice program’s needs.
Engineering Fabrication Laboratory
The Engineering Fabrication Lab, primarily dedicated to educational topics, is a combined instructional and research facility. The lab consist of most traditional metalworking hand tools and machines.
Keck Laboratory for Bioengineering Innovation
The Keck Laboratory for Bioengineering Innovation is managed by a team of faculty from the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. The lab explores both fundamental & applied questions at the intersection of biology & physical sciences/engineering, with shared space to promote scientific interaction & collaboration. Experimental capabilities in the lab include atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, optical holography and tomography, chemical spectroscopy, biomechanical analysis, and mechanical testing of biological samples.