Research Focus Areas and Contacts

The William States Lee College of Engineering is committed to applied, interdisciplinary research. Alliances of students, faculty and community partners combine their research efforts to create knowledge, develop technology and improve the world around us.

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Research Areas by Departments
Research Areas by Centers

Research Areas by Departments

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Dr. Jim Bowen – jdbowen@uncc.edu, Interim Chairman
Department Website – cee.uncc.edu

Environmental Engineering – Dr. Jim Bowen – jdbowen@uncc.edu

  • contaminant source control engineering
  • environmental characterization and monitoring systems
  • sustainable energy infrastructure

Geotechnical Engineering – Dr. Miguel Pando –  mpando@uncc.edu

  • determination of soil properties, site characterization, testing of materials
  • earthquake engineering/soil liquefaction
  • geosynthetics in reinforced structures

Structural Engineering – Dr. Janos Gergley –  jgergely@uncc.edu

  • composites characterization, design, and strengthening
  • investigation of power infrastructure systems
  • response of structures to extreme loads (blast, impact, wind, wave)

Transportation Studies – Dr. Martin Kane – mrkane@uncc.edu

  • disaster management
  • intelligent transportation systems
  • transportation operations and management

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Dr. Asis Naipuri, Chairman –  anasipur@uncc.edu
Department Website

Communication, Control and Signal Processing – Dr. Asis Nasipuri –  anasipur@uncc.edu

  • digital signal processing
  • image processing and pattern recognition
  • wireless communications and networking

Devices, Circuits and Systems –

  • analog and mixed signal VLSI design
  • device processing
  • display technology

Energy and Sustainability – Dr. Sukumar Kamalasadan – skamalas@uncc.edu

  • active and passive photonic devices
  • smart Grids
  • wide bandgap semiconductors

High-Performance Embedded Computing – Dr. James Conrad – jmconrad@uncc.edu

  • biotelemetry instrumentation
  • embedded systems
  • VLSI applications in digital and optical signal processing

Power Systems – Dr. Robert Cox – rcox3@uncc.edu

  • electromechanical systems and drives
  • electromechanics
  • microelectromechanical systems

Engineering Technology and Construction Management Department

Dr. Anthony Brizendine, Chairman –  albrizen@uncc.edu
Department Website

Fire Safety – Dr. Jozef Urbas –  jurbas@uncc.edu

  • effectiveness of pre-applied wetting agents
  • fire and materials
  • ignition in the intermediate scale calorimeter

 

Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science Department

Dr. Scott Smith, Chairman – kssmith@uncc.edu
Department Website

Bioengineering – Dr. Gloria Elliott - gdelliot@uncc.edu

  • liver preservation, resuscitation, and tissue replacement devices
  • orthopedic biomaterials and biomechanics
  • biomechanics of Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • biopreservation in the cryoand dehydrated states
  • biotherapeutic stabilization
  • orthopedic and Liver tissue engineering
  • design and testing of novel biomedical devices and instrumentation
  • drug delivery and Biotransport analysis in biological systems

Computational Modeling – Dr. Harish Cherukuri –  hcheruku@uncc.edu

  • computational fluid mechanics
  • computational mechanics
  • computer aided manufacturing

Computer Aided Manufacturing – Dr.Edward Morse –  emorse@uncc.edu

  • computational metrology
  • assembly modeling and analysis
  • geometric tolerancing and standards

Motorsports Engineering – Dr. Mesbah Uddin –  muddin@uncc.edu

  • advanced power trains
  • multicar aerodynamics
  • motorsports safety

Precision Metrology – Dr. Chris Evans – cevans52@uncc.edu

  • instrumentation for nanoscale metrology
  • precision optical-electrical-mechanical systems
  • national and international standards development

Precision Manufacturing – Dr. Scott Smith – kssmith@uncc.edu

  • computer-aided tolerancing and factory control
  • high-speed machining
  • polishing

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

Dr. Simon Hsiang, Director – shsiang1@uncc.edu
Program Website

Lean Logistics & Systems – Dr. Gary Teng – sgteng@uncc.edu

  • lean systems process design
  • production systems modeling and design
  • supply chain and logistics management
  • systems efficiency and effectiveness enhancement

Decision & Risk Analysis – Dr. Ertunga Ozelkan – ecozelka@uncc.edu

  • multi-criteria decision making
  • decision making under uncertainty
  • risk simulation analysis

Production Planning & Inventory Control – Dr. Ertunga Ozelkan – ecozelka@uncc.edu

  • aggregate planning
  • joint pricing and inventory replenishment decisions

Systems Analysis and Engineering Management – Dr. A. Yesim Sireli – ysireli@uncc.edu

  • systems analysis, policy development, strategic planning
  • global product innovation, customer-oriented product development
  • business forecasting
  • energy systems analysis

System Optimization – Dr. Churlzu Lim – clim2@uncc.edu & Dr. Ertunga Ozelkan – ecozelka@uncc.edu

  • mathematical optimization
  • network analysis and optimization
  • nonlinear systems optimization
  • heuristics development

 

Research Areas by Centers

Center for Biomedical Engineering Science

Dr. Charles Lee, Director – cyclee@uncc.edu
Center Website

Medical Therapies and Technologies Focus Area – Dr. Mark Clemens

  • biopreservation in the dehydrated, refrigerated, and cryostates
  • organ preservation, resuscitation, and replacement technologies
  • design of novel biomedical devices and instrumentation
  • tissue engineering therapies
  • novel cancel treatments
  • development of optical probes

Molecular Engineering and Design Focus Area – Dr. Don Jacobs

  • molecular recognition and design
  • drug delivery
  • biosensors and biocatalysts
  • molecular machines and self assembly

Biomechanics and Mobility Research Focus Area –  Dr. Nigel Zheng

  • design and manufacturing of orthopedic materials
  • medical imaging and medical informatics
  • orthopedic implants
  • orthopedic tissue engineering

Center for Lean Logistics and Engineered Systems

Dr. Gary Teng, Director – sgteng@uncc.edu
Dr. Ertunga Ozelkan, Associate Director – ecozelka@uncc.edu
Center Website

Lean Logistics & Systems – Dr. Ertunga Ozelkan & Dr. Gary Teng

  • lean systems process design
  • production systems modeling and design
  • supply chain and logistics management
  • systems efficiency & effectiveness enhancement

Systems Optimization – Dr. Churlzu Lim – clim2@uncc.edu

  • mathematical optimization
  • network analysis and optimization
  • decision making under uncertainty

Systems Analysis and Engineering Management – Dr. A. Yesim Sireli – ysireli@uncc.edu

  • systems analysis, policy development, strategic planning
  • global product innovation, customer-oriented product development
  • business forecasting
  • energy systems analysis

Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications

Dr. Eric Johnson, Director – egjohnso@uncc.edu
Center Website

Biomedical Optics Laboratory – Dr. Nathaniel Fried –  nmfried@uncc.edu

Guided Wave Photonic Lab; Light-Matter Interaction Lab – Dr. Tsing-Hua Her –  ther@uncc.edu

Mesophotonics Lab – Dr. Vasily Astratov –  astratov@uncc.edu

Micro/Nano-Optics Laboratory – Dr. Thomas Sulesk – i tsuleski@uncc.edu

Micro-Photonics Lab – Dr. Eric Johnson – egjohnso@uncc.edu

Optoelectronic and Nanophotonics Devices – Dr. Yasin Raja –  raja@uncc.edu

Single molecule microscopy and spectroscopy – Dr. Pat Moyer – 

Center for Precision Metrology

Dr. Chris Evans – cevans52@uncc.edu
Center Website

Environmental Controls – Dr. Kevin Lawton – kmlawton@uncc.edu

  • temperature control
  • humidity control
  • vibration control

Large-Scale Manufacturing – Dr. John Ziegert –  jziegert@uncc.edu

  • large power generation parts
  • large aircraft parts

Polishing – Dr. Brigid A Mullany –  bamullan@uncc.edu

  • high-speed polishing
  • ceramic polishing
  • diamond turning

Precision Manufacturing – Dr. Scott Smith – kssmith@uncc.edu

  • computer-aided tolerancing and factory control
  • high-speed machining
  • polishing

Precision Metrology – Dr. Chris Evans – cevans52@uncc.edu

  • instrumentation for nanoscale metrology
  • precision optical-electrical-mechanical systems
  • national and international standards development

Center for Transportation Policy Studies

Dr. Edd Houser, Director – ehauser@uncc.edu
Center Website

  • bridge management systems
  • pre-disaster mitigation
  • intelligent transportation systems

Energy Production and Infrastructure Center

Vacant, Director –
Center Website

Energy and Sustainability –

  • active and passive photonic devices
  • smart grids
  • wide bandgap semiconductors

Power Systems – Dr. Robert Cox – rcox3@uncc.edu

  • electromechanical systems and drives
  • electromechanics
  • microelectromechanical systems

Large-Scale Manufacturing – Dr. John Ziegert –  jziegert@uncc.edu

  • large power generation parts

Infrastructure Design Environment and Sustainability Center

Dr. Srinivas Pulugurtha, Director – sspulugu@uncc.edu
Center Website

  • biofuels
  • contaminant source control engineering
  • environmental characterization and monitoring systems
  • environmental / energy policy research
  • sustainable building
  • waste water

North Carolina Motorsports and Automotive Research Center

Dr. Mesbah Uddin, Director – muddin@uncc.edu
Center Website/

  • advanced coordinate metrology
  • advanced powertrain
  • alternative fuels
  • advanced fluid mechanics
  • advanced surface metrology
  • bearing design and lubrication
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • computational methods in engineering
  • deformation and fracture of materials
  • engineering metrology
  • experimental stress analysis
  • finite element analysis and applications
  • heat transfer and fluid flow
  • mechanical behavior of materials
  • mechanical design
  • mechanism analysis
  • mechanism synthesis
  • theory of elasticity
  • tribology
  • vibrations of continuous systems