Research

What We Do

 

6 Academic Departments
20 Research Locations
100 Faculty Members

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Our Research Areas

 

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Sustainability:  

Research focused on a cleaner, healthier environment: Cleaner Air, Water and Land Resources

Featured research from:     

Michelle Scherer
Craig Just
Keri Hornbuckle

 

 

Iowa Water Sustainability Group, IIHR, CGRER

 

 

 


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Autonomous Systems and Robotics:

Multidisciplinary research and graduate education in cutting-edge spanning new materials,

control systems and vehicle technologies

Featured research from:

Venanzio Cichella, Caterina Lamuta, Dan McGehee, Soura Dasgupta

NADS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toor Lab
Green Energy:

Renewable, clean energy systems: wind, solar, biofuels and security, control and optimization of systems

Featured research from:

Fatima Toor, Syed Mubeen, Corey Markfort, Charlie Stanier

IIHR

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Medical Imaging:

Transforming healthcare through multidisciplinary research in collaboration with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on a variety of imaging modalities,

to detect and track diseases in the human body

Featured research from:

Mona Garvin, Sajan Lingala, Gary Christensen, Milan Sonka, Joe Reinhardt

IIBI

 

 

 

 

 


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Artificial Intelligence:

Developing new approaches and applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence in engineering and medicine

Featured research from:

Stephen Baek, Joe Gomes, Yang Liu

IIAI

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Engineering at the cellular/genomic level:

Research to understand cellular and subcellular environments to improve human health

Featured research from:

Kristan Worthington, Jennifer Feigel, James Ankrum, Ed Sander, Eric Nuxoll

CBCB, BME, CBE

 

 

 

 

 


Casey Harwood on site on the water
Designing Better Ships:

Unique experimental and computational facilities to improve the design and performance of marine vehicles

Featured research from:

Casey Harwood, Fred Stern, Pablo Carrica, James Buchholz

IIHR

 

 

 

 

 


testing smart car dashboard
Driverless Vehicles:

Research on driver-vehicle interactions, driving safety and autonomous vehicles conducted at the National Advanced Driving Simulator

Featured research from:

Dan McGehee, Hiroyuki Sugiyama, Stephen Baek, Venanzio Cichella

NADS

 

 

 

Research News

wastepaper recycling
Industrial and Systems Engineering

UI engineers receive nearly $1 million to develop new methods to recycle paper into fiber reinforced plastic composites

Recycling wastepaper for reuse as new paper requires extensive cleaning and refinement of the fibers so the new product is free of inks, adhesives, and dyes. Instead of turning old paper and cardboard into new paper, engineers at the University of Iowa are working to...

Read more about UI engineers receive nearly $1 million to develop new methods to recycle paper into fiber reinforced plastic composites
OHRB attached to a black carbon particle as visualized by fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) and confocal scanning laser microscopy. Image taken by Patrick Richards
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Tim Mattes awarded $1.4 million from NIEHS to reduce contaminants in soil and water

Synthetic polymers which mimic black carbon materials can be created in the laboratory and applied to soil and water along with specialized bacteria to break down hazardous contaminants. The development of these “tunable materials” and determining their impact on...

Read more about Tim Mattes awarded $1.4 million from NIEHS to reduce contaminants in soil and water

Covid Research

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IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering

NASA-funded study at IIHR explores connections between reduced air pollution due to COVID-19 and decreases in precipitation in the western United States

Does Less Pollution Mean Less Precipitation?

New research at the University of Iowa College of Engineering will study the connections between reduced air pollution due to COVID-19 shutdowns and sharp decreases in precipitation in the western United States. The project, funded by a National...

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Read more about NASA-funded study at IIHR explores connections between reduced air pollution due to COVID-19 and decreases in precipitation in the western United States
Industrial and Systems Engineering

NSF grant awarded to UI Engineering dean and team to study impact of transition to off-campus learning during COVID-19

College students across the country had their studies and on-campus life disrupted suddenly during the spring 2020 semester. Most universities and colleges quickly transitioned to online course delivery, closed campus housing, and dramatically changed university life...

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Read more about NSF grant awarded to UI Engineering dean and team to study impact of transition to off-campus learning during COVID-19
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Iowa Technology Institute

Iowa Technology Institute researchers forge ahead despite coronavirus setbacks

Working remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jennifer Fiegel, associate professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and a faculty affiliate in the University of Iowa Technology Institute (ITI), had to adapt.

“Since shutting down my laboratory, my students have switched over...

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Read more about Iowa Technology Institute researchers forge ahead despite coronavirus setbacks

Highlighted Research Units and Initiatives.

Center for Computer-Aided Design

Iowa Technology Institute

Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering

IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering

Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging

Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging

Iowa Flood Center

Iowa Flood Center

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NADS — National Advanced Driving Simulator

College of Engineering Department Research

Department Research

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Student Research Opportunities

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Research Open House

Events

Spotlight Series: Professor Kearney Talks VR and More!

Tuesday, March, 9 - 3:00 pm

Join the University of Iowa branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for our spotlight series! This week: Professor Kearney talks computer-human interaction, VR and AR!

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Diversity Networking Series: Diversity Networking Reception

Tuesday, March, 9 - 6:30 pm

diversity_networking_series_flyer.pdf The College of Engineering at the University of Iowa seeks to grow and learn about the ways in which we can increase representation. The Diversity Networking...

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Creating an Engaging Synchronous Classroom with Zoom (CIRTL Back to Class Series)

Wednesday, March, 10 - 12:00 pm

Join us on Wednesday, 3/10 at 12pm for Creating an Engaging Synchronous Classroom with Zoom (CIRTL Back to Class Series), facilitated by Holly Soboroff, Instructional Technology Consultant, Office...

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