Advanced and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (AIMS) Laboratory – Dr. Nader Jalili
In this research laboratory, four main areas of research and education are pursued. 1) Dynamic Systems, Control, and Automation 2) Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Manufacturing Systems 3) Future Manufacturing with Human Robot Teams and finally 4) Mechatronic and Manufacturing Systems Education.
Advanced Hierarchical Materials by Design (AdHiMaD) Laboratory – Dr. Kasra Momeni
The main area of research in the AdHiMaD lab expertise is developing theoretical/numerical tools to understand the multiscale/physics response of materials and designing experimental procedures to make superior materials. Various modeling techniques, including atomistic simulations, mesoscale phase-field approach, and macroscale continuum methods, along with experimental techniques such as in situ TEM and scanning probe microscopy, are utilized to achieve this goal.
The Control of Human and Robotic Systems (CHARS) Laboratory is rooted in both theory and application. From a theoretical perspective, Lyapunov- and passivity-based approaches are utilized to design and validate stabilizing adaptive controllers for nonlinear, switched, hybrid, and uncertain dynamical systems. Correspondingly, the laboratory applies the controllers to various applications including functional electrical stimulation, rehabilitation, robotics, exoskeletons, human-robot interaction, additive friction stir deposition, and many others.
Biomechanics Laboratory – This laboratory contains work space for design and construction of devices to aid in health maintenance. Computer facilities in the lab are equipped with software for both lumped-mass and finite element modeling of the human body.
Combustion and Reactive Flow Laboratory – This teaching and research laboratory contains a holographic interferometer, a high-speed imaging system, a laser-induced fluorescence system, and a particle image velocimetry system. The laboratory supports research on topics such as microgravity combustion, reactive turbulent flows, propulsion, and internal combustion engine applications.
Design Clinic Laboratory – This laboratory consists of a design library, conference space, audio/visual equipment, telephone centers, and a presentation area for Design Clinic Industrial Project activities.
Instrumentation Laboratories – These labs provide a variety of experimental equipment and instruments to support the teaching of basic instrumentation for mechanical systems and thermal fluid systems.
Machining Research Laboratory – This laboratory contains basic machine tools such as milling machines, lathes, drill presses, and a 10-hp CNC turning center. The laboratory supports research on machining areas (e.g. machining of advanced materials for process development, modeling, and optimization). The laboratory also supports teaching of introduction to manufacturing processes.
Metrology Laboratory – This laboratory contains metrology instruments, including a Leitz measuring microscope, a Brown & Sharpe Coordinate Measuring Machine, and other gages. The laboratory supports research on metrology-related issues in manufacturing such as precision and surface finish. The laboratory also supports teaching needs on fundamental metrology in manufacturing.
Numerical Modeling Laboratory – This laboratory features high-performance workstations with expanded storage and various I/O devices for efficient modeling of fluids and transport phenomena.
Robotics and Automation Laboratory – This laboratory supports instrumentation and research in the areas of robotics, imaging systems, computer-mechanical interfacing, control systems, and computer-integrated manufacturing.
Structural Acoustics Laboratory – Dr. Steve Shepard
Focus areas: to develop new technologies in the areas of structural vibrations and acoustics. By gaining a fundamental understanding of the generation, transmission and radiation mechanisms associated with sound and vibration, the needs of industry, government and engineering education can be met.