The Frontiers of Engineering program brings together through 2-1/2 day meetings a select group of emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The goal of the meetings is to introduce these outstanding engineers (ages 30-45) to each other, and through this interaction facilitate collaboration in engineering, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields, and establishment of contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders.
My lab characterizes the interactions between cells and biomaterials in order to create culture environments that are capable of controlling cell function and mimicking both healthy and diseased tissues. Specific applications of our work range from developing engineered heart valve tissue for testing anti-acids therapeutics to predicting how skin cells 'decide' how to behave during wound healing.
My work is focused on challenges in water management for production of biofuels and agricultural products. I am a member of ADM's water sustainability committee and am pursuing projects with farmers in third-world countries to make agricultural and water supply more sustainable and reduce ADM's water footprint in agricultural products and its supply chain.
The overarching objective of my research is to increase performance-reliability-energy efficiency in transportation technologies through 1) fundamental understanding of traditional and novel mulit-scale metallic and composite materials processes and failure mechanisms, 2) establishing knowledge-based microstructure-properties-performance relationships, 3) developing and implementing integrated design methods and tools, and 4) investigating the impact of recycled materials use in structural applications.
My research includes the study of three-phase fluid flow (oil, gas, and water) subsurface through computer reservoir simulation modeling and petroleum engineer analysis. Currently, I am interested in microfuidics, in particualar the physical behavior of very small volumes of one fluid displacing another in a prefabricated chip. This is a relatively new area of research in petroleum engineering.
My work in multi-disciplinary design optimization, multi-criteria decision making, robust design, safety optimization and robustness, optimization under uncertainty, and model validation impacts vehicle design for weight reduction, increased fuel economy, and enhanced occupant safety.
My research interests are in enabling autonomy to help people in their everyday lives, from transportation (air, space, and ground) to support in the home and office. Areas of research include autonomous systems theory and development (from sensory information to decision making) as well as human robotic interaction.
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