Professor Ma’s research interests include scientific visualization, information visualization, computer graphics, user interface design, and high-performance computing. He is the recipient of an NSF PECASE award and the Schlumberger Foundation Technical award.
Understanding the interrelationship between structure and properties in semiconductors, superconductors, and magnetic materials and deformation behavior of solids. Current focus is on origins and reduction of threading dislocations in group III-nitride layers, microstructures of mixed III-nitride layers and how defects affect device behavior.
In vivo optical spectroscopy and imaging for enhanced detection of disease in human tissue (cancer, cardiovascular); fluorescence-based minimally invasive medical diagnostics technology; high spatial – and time – resolution optical techniques for molecular imaging; optical bioMEMS; bionanophotonics: nanocrystals applications to molecular imaging
Soil-structure interfaces, deep foundations, soil behavior, laboratory testing of soils, discrete element modeling, bio-inspired geotechnics.
Norman S. Matloff
Professor Matloff’s research areas include parallel processing (especially software distributed shared memory), statistical computing and predictive analytics.
Professor Max’s research interests are in the areas of scientific visualization, computer animation, realistic computer graphics rendering, and multi-view stereo reconstruction. In visualization he works on molecular graphics, and volume and flow visualization, particularly on irregular finite element meshes.
Emerita Kathryn L. McCarthy
Food engineering; theoretical and experimental evaluation of transport processes in food processing and quality control applications, focus on rheological characterization and mathematical modeling of transport processes in food and personal care products.
Michael J. McCarthy
Development/evaluation of novel magnetic resonance equipment to enable process analysis and control of industrial processes. Real-time noninvasive measurement of food quality attributes. Experimental and physics-based modeling investigations of transport phenomena relevant to food products and food processing.
Using the tools of genetic engineering, recombinant proteins can be produced using a variety of expression systems and hosts, including microbial, mammalian, insect, plant or algal cells grown in bioreactors as well as transgenic animals and plants. Our laboratory is developing novel expression systems (i.e. the genetic instructions that direct the host cell to produce the non-native protein) and bioprocess engineering technologies to produce recombinant proteins, including human therapeutic proteins, enzymes for cellulose degradation, and biopolymers for materials applications, using whole plants, harvested plant tissues or plant cells grown in-vitro in bioreactors.
The development of numerical methods for the solution of complex problems in engineering and science, mostly at the continuum scale. Complex rheology: multiscale and continuum methods for incompressible viscoelastic flows. Multiphase flows: compressible and incompressible flows of fluids and elastic-plastic solids in time-dependent domains, interfacial processes. Constitutive modeling: equations of state, thermodynamic modeling, symmetry invariants. Charged systems: plasma physics, boundary charge and bilayer problems.
Designing sustainable infrastructure materials, Bio-based composites, Integration of sustainability into structural design, Durability of civil engineering materials.
Energy performance, HVAC, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, aerosol.
Research interests are in the areas of wireless networks, sensor networks, Internet protocols and QoS.
High performance terahertz and mm-wave integrated circuits and systems, High power/high efficiency power amplifiers and signal sources, RF/Microwave transceivers.
Colloid & nanoparticle fate in soils; transport through porous media; biochar engineering.
Development of low-cost photovoltaic (PV) devices. Since the largest cost components to a photovoltaic system are the material and material preparation, our group utilizes solution processable organic and nanoparticle components for PV applications.