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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 Transportation Policy Studies

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

Center Website

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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