BCOE is home to cutting-edge, high-risk, profoundly creative research. We're invested in internationally recognized engineering research in hundreds of emerging areas focused on solving the world's greatest challenges. Faculty and their research teams collaborate in multidisciplinary research with colleagues at other colleges, campuses and industry leaders.
Our accomplished faculty are made up of leaders in their areas of study and include more than 90 fellows of professional societies and more than 50 National Institutes of Health, NSF CAREER, Brige, and Young Investigator recipients. Their dynamic research programs address real-world problems and even define entirely new and novel research areas.
A listing of research areas by department is included below. For more information on BCOE's Graduate Program, contact Dr. Chinya Ravishankar, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.
Window to the Brain: Guillermo Aguilar
Aguilar and his team have developed a "Window to the Brain" - a transparent cranial implant - that will enable physicians to access the brain, on-demand, over large areas, and on a chronically-recurring basis. The advancement can help doctors treat neurological disorders, such as brain cancer and traumatic brain injury (TBI), without multiple invasive operations.
GPS Tracking Down to the Centimeter: Jay Farrell
A new, more computationally efficient way to process data from GPS enhances location accuracy from the meter-level down to just a few centimeters, without increasing the demand for processing power. The application of this accurate location data is critical for emerging technologies such as driverless cars and precision farming
Enhancing Power Through Biology: Elaine Haberer
Haberer and her team are looking to biology to perfect the shortcomings of man-made tools for precise nanoscale assembly. By mirroring how biomolecules expertly direct the assembly of inorganic materials, she can synthesize new, multi-component nanoscale materials, addressing challenges in the areas of solar power generation, photocatalysis and gas sensing.
Data Mining: Eamonn Keogh
Of the 3,528 different kinds of mosquitos, less than 5 percent are vectors of human disease. Moreover, mosquitos are small - 1,000 mosquitos weigh no more than a penny - and are difficult to detect. By combining the strengths of data mining with inexpensive sensors, this research allows continual reporting of insect counts and their identification, as well as pinpointing locales of active disease agents for targeted suppression.
Predicting Fire Behavior: Marko Princevac
Fire has been with us forever, and it will always be with us. And while it can be a very useful tool, it can also scare us. Marko Princevac is working with a fire wind tunnel to control fire conditions to determine how it behaves - how it moves, where it moves and why it moves - so that we can control and fight fire more effectively.