Advanced Manufacturing Resources at the College of Engineering

Biosciences Resources
Information Solutions Resources
Wind Energy Resources


Faculty Teaching and Research Excellence

Biomedical Engineering

Joseph M. Reinhardt, departmental executive officer

  • Articular joint contact mechanics
  • Biomechanics of the spine
  • Biomechanics of tractor roll-over injuries
  • Controlled drug delivery
  • Computational simulation of artificial heart valve dynamics
  • Solution-perfused tubes for preventing blood-materials interaction
  • Tissue engineered vascular grafts
  • Total joint replacement
  • Upper extremity biomechanics
  • Wire coil-reinforced bone cement

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

C. Allan Guymon, departmental executive officer

  • Catalysis
  • Dilute separation technology
  • Membrane separation
  • Polymer science
  • Crystallization
  • Photopolymerization
  • Microlithography
  • Reversible emulsifiers
  • Polymerization kinetics

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Michelle Scherer, departmental executive officer

  • Computational solid mechanics
  • Constitutive modeling
  • Design of hydraulics structures
  • Design simulation
  • Diverse aspects of water resources engineering
  • Highway pavements
  • Hydropower
  • Optimal control of nonlinear systems
  • Optimal design of nonlinear structures
  • Thermal pollution/power plant operation
  • Transportation-infrastructure modeling
  • Winter highway maintenance

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Er-Wei Bai, departmental executive officer

  • Quantitative medical image processing
  • Design and testing of very large scale integrated circuits
  • Materials and devices

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Ching-Long Lin, departmental executive officer

  • Applied statistics
  • Casting and solidification
  • Combustion
  • Computational mechanics
  • Engineering economics
  • Engineering management
  • Fatigue and fracture mechanics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Fuel cells
  • Heat transfer
  • Manufacturing process control
  • Operations Research
  • Reliability-based design
  • Ship hydrodynamics
  • Structural mechanics
  • Teleobotics
  • Thermal systems
  • Vehicle dynamics and simulation


College of Engineering Research Centers, Institutes, and Laboratories

Center for Computer-Aided Design

Karim Abdel-Malek, director

  • Virtual soldier research--human modeling and simulation, virtual reality, biomechanics, control, optimization, clothing, human performance measures, electromyography, artificial intelligence, human kinematics and dynamics.
  • Reliability and sensor prognostic systems--meshfree methods for structural analysis and design sensitivity analysis, composite materials, probabilistic mechanics and reliability, reliability-based design optimization, topology optimization, multidisciplinary design optimization, advanced geometric modeling and CAD, mechanisms and robotics, manufacturing system fault diagnosis, sensor technologies, sensor-based process monitoring optimization.

IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering

Larry J. Weber, director

  • Air pollution
  • Biological fluid flow
  • Bioremediation of ground water
  • Water quality monitoring

Photopolymerization Center (National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center)

Allan Guymon, co-director

  • Unique applications of photopolymerization technology
  • Fundamental understanding of the kinetics, mechanisms, photoinitiation processes and polymer structural evolution in cationic and radical photopolymerizations
  • Development of improved methods for monitoring photopolymerizations in situ and on-line
  • Modeling, optimization and control of photopolymerization processes

Environmental Engineering and Sciences-W. M. Keck Phytotechnologies Laboratories

Jerry Schnoor, director

  • Study of how plants are able to transform and detoxify environmental pollutants
  • Development of screening methods to determine proper plant species for use on specific pollutants such as pesticides, explosives and solvents
  • Investigation of plant genome to determine how to improve expression of enzymes for degrading toxic pollutants

Solidification Laboratory

Christoph Beckermann, director

  • Conducts research into fundamental aspects of solidification and their application in casting of metals
  • Research ranges from basic experimental and computational studies of microstructure evolution to modeling and simulation of a wide variety of industrial metal casting processes
  • Collaboration with the casting industry has resulted in custom-made software for process control, new capabilities in commercially available casting simulation software, and strategies for yield improvement and defect prevention.
  • Facilities include numerous state-of-the-art computer workstations and experimental test setups

Combustion and High-Speed Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

Albert Ratner, director

  • Conducts research in combustion and related fluid mechanics, including combustion acoustics, droplet experiments, flame dynamics, fire safety, and biomass combustion.


Engineering-related Interdisciplinary Research Centers at The University of Iowa

Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing

Mark Arnold, director

  • Biocatalyst fundamental properties
  • Bioremediation
  • Bioprocessing
  • Biosensing technology
  • New biocatalyst discovery
  • Novel biocatalyst applications
  • Reactive agent development

Optical Science and Technology Center

Michael Flatte, director

  • Laser spectroscopy and photo chemistry, photonics and optoelectronics, ultrafast laser development, condensed matter physics, materials growth techniques, device physics/engineering, surface chemistry, chemical sensors, environmental chemistry, polymer science, plasma physics