Engineering Research Laboratories
The College of Engineering at WSU is well-equipped with research laboratories that allow students to keep up with the latest developments in their fields. Engineering faculty direct research laboratories where undergraduate and graduate students participate in local and nationally-sponsored projects. The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) conducts research projects for government and industry, and also provides lab access to engineering faculty and students. Below is a partial list of faculty-directed laboratories.
- General Aviation Flight Lab (GAFL), led by Dr. James Steck, is located in Donald L. Beggs Hall, Room 212. This lab designs and simulates adaptive flight controls systems and develops and evaluates pilot advisory displays on a aircraft flight simulator.
- Mechanics and Dynamics Lab, led by Dr. Bhisham Sharma, is located in Wallace Hall, Rooms 208 and 221A. This lab is explores advanced engineered materials, experimental mechanics and advanced manufacturing techniques to develop new technologies.
- Small Aircraft Prototyping Lab, led by Dr. L. Scott Miller, is located in Wallace Hall, Room 07. This lab rapidly designs, builds, tests and flies small aircraft. The unique prototypes vary in size, up to 12-ft span and 25-lbs in weight. Recent research includes autonomous cooperative soaring, control systems development, and low Reynolds Number propeller testing/analysis.
- Bio-Integrated Electronics and Systems Lab, led by Dr. Yongkuk Lee, is located in Donald L. Beggs Hall, Room B108. His research focuses on flexible/stretchable electronics for human health monitoring, human-machine interfaces via wearable electronics, fabrication of micro/nano-structures, bio-integrated/bio-inspired engineering, and nano-biosensors for disease diagnostics.
- Biomaterials Lab, led by Dr. Anil Mahapatro, is located in Donald L. Beggs Hall, Room B112. His reasearch focuses on biomaterials and bioengineering, 3D printing of biomaterials, bioprinting, surface modification of bio-metallic alloys, biodegradable metallic implants, nanotechnology, drug delivery, and design and optimization of bio-devices.
- Biomedical Sensors, Imaging and Modeling (BioME) Lab, led by Dr. Kim Cluff, is located in the John Bardo Center, Room 325. His research focuses on RF resonators, wearable sensors, Intracrainial Pressure (ICP), muscle damage quantification, Raman spectral analysis, peripheral artery disease muscle imaging, hyperspectral imaging, and biomedical instrumentation design.
- Mechanobiology and Biomedicine Lab, led by Dr. David Long, is located in the John Bardo Center, Room 326. His research focuses on cardiovascular mechanobiolgy, cell-tissue biophysics, instrumentation/devices to understand cell and tissue mechanobiology, identifying novel surrogate markers of diseases, gene regulation, epigenetics, cell and tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.
- Multidisciplinary Human Biomechanics and Design Lab, led by Dr. Nils Hakansson, is located in the John Bardo Center, Room 324. His research focuses on musculoskeletal biomechanics, human movement computer simulation, rehabilitation engineering and technology, functional electrical stimulation, neuromuscular control, and human movement coordination.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Computer Architecture and Parallel Programming Lab (CAPPLab), led by Dr. Abu Asaduzzaman, is located in Jabara Hall, Room 256. This lab conducts fundamental and applied research in high-performance, low-power computer systems and related fields, including computer architecture, parallel computing, embedded systems, and healthcare technology.
- Control Systems Research Lab, led by Dr. John Watkins, is located in Donald L. Beggs Hall, Room 204. This lab is working on state-of-the-art controls systems theory and its application.
- Cyberphysical System Security Lab, led by Dr. Sergio A. Salinas Monroy, is located in Wallace Hall, Room 33. This lab investigates interactions between physical and cyber components of next-generation systems, including additive manufacturing, smart grids, and personalized-medicine, in order to better protect them and their users' privacy.
- Robot Intelligence Laboratory, led by Dr. Hongsheng He, is located in Wallace Hall, Room 330. This lab focuses on the research of robot autonomy, artificial intelligence and smart perception to give an intelligent robot the ability to autonomously accomplish navigation and manipulation tasks, while interpreting human instructions and perceiving the environment.
Industrial, Systems, and Manufacturing Engineering
- Facilities Planning & Logistics Research Lab, led by Dr. Krishna Krishnan, is located in Engineering Building, Room 208B.
- Health Systems Engineering Lab, led by Dr. Laila Cure, is located in Engineering Building. This lab supports teaching and research activities involving: operations analysis, standardization and improvement, optimization of resource planning and allocation decisions, data analytics, and model-based support for complex decision-making.
- Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Lab is located in Donald J. Beggs Hall, Room 130. This lab focuses on investigating the fundamental physics of micro- (1-1000 microns size) and meso-scale (1-100 mm size) devices. Our principle applications are microdevices for biomedicine and energy conversion.
- Nanomaterials for Renewable Energy and Environment Lab (NREEL), led by Dr. Wei Wei, is located in Donald J. Beggs Hall, Room 130. This lab's mission is to advance the scientific frontiers of nanomaterials in order through cutting-edge technologies, including nanostructured materials: synthesis and characterizations; and advanced energy storage and conversion systems.
- Renewable Energy Lab, led by Dr. Ikram Ahmed, is located in John Bardo Center, Room 335. This lab investigates alternative sources and uses of energy, especially biogenic municipal solid waste (MSW), solar thermal, and wind, using experimental and computer simulation methods, and internet of things (IOT) for remote experimental set-ups.
- Sustainable Energy Science and Engineering Lab, led by Dr. Gisuk Hwang, is located in Wallace Hall, Room 109. This lab pursues fundamental research in the thermofluid sciences and engineering, aiming at developing new clean and sustainable energy and environmental systems.