John M. Boone
Breast Imaging and Computed Tomography Research.
As a faculty member in the Departments of Biological & Agricultural Engineering and Food Science & Technology, Dr. Bornhorst’s research will focus on quantitative methods to understand material transport, breakdown, and absorption in the gastrointestinal tract to improve food safety and quality, increase consumer health benefits, and optimize food processing operations. Specifically, she plans to work on the development of dynamic in vitro models, which, coupled with in vivo approaches, can be used to further our understanding of the relationship between food processing, food breakdown during digestion, and nutrient absorption. Additionally, she plans to investigate methods to utilize food process engineering to optimize food functional properties, such as nutrient absorption or allergenicity. To enable fundamental understanding of the digestion process, Dr. Bornhorst’s research will also investigate mixing and particle dynamics during peristaltic flow.
Ross W. Boulanger
Geotechnical earthquake engineering with emphases on liquefaction and its remediation, seismic soil-pile-structure interaction, and seismic performance of earth dams and levees.
Biochemical Engineering, Computer Modeling, Fermentation Kinetics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Wine Processing, Separation Processes.
Rick G. Branner
Professor Branner performs research in the general area of the design and analysis of Microwave and RF devices, circuits, systems and antennas. His work focuses on realizations found in modern military and commercial systems. This research is motivated by his over 25 years of industrial experience combined with strong theoretical foundations.
Scientific visualization and computer graphics.
Physics of nanoscale vacuum electronic devices, associated materials and nano-fabrication technologies.
Physical, chemical and optical properties of atmospheric aerosols.
My laboratory develops novel computational methods for extracting meaningful structural and functional properties from brain magnetic resonance images. We then use the techniques to describe the natural history of brain aging and age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Thermodynamics of nanoceramics. Radiation tolerance nanocrysalline materials. Nanosability. Non-equibrium processsing. Sintering.
Rob Y.H. Chai
Performance-based design and assessment of reinforced concrete buildings and bridges. Earthquake engineering with emphasis on structural design and retrofit.
Professor Chen’s research interests focus on significant and difficult problems of computer security and software verification. These two topics relate to each other, in that it is crucial to verify that computer programs do not have bugs that may result in security vulnerabilities. By combining theoretical insights with detailed knowledge of real computer systems, Mr. Chen’s work results in practical, usable security verification systems. Mr. Chen is best known for his tool MOPS, which finds security vulnerabilities in C programs.
Electrophysiology of cardiac muscle and arrhythmia mechanisms; Ca2+ dynamics in excitation-contraction coupling; Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying hypertension induced hypertrophy and heart failure.
Information technology and its applications in engineering, computer-aided engineering, intelligent mechatronic and embedded systems, robotics, design and manufacturing, mobile agent based computing, and innovative teaching.
Lijuan Dawn Cheng
Infrastructure design and renewal using fiber reinforced polymer composite materials.
Simon R. Cherry
Molecular imaging technology, particularly positron emission tomography, multi-modality imaging systems, gamma and x-ray detector technology,3-D image reconstruction and use of imaging techniques in phenotyping and drug development.
Communications and computer networks, wireless/mobile computing. Specific topics include: Internet measurement and network management, data acquisition (e.g., sampling, streaming, online learning), data analytics (e.g., anomaly detection), routing & traffic engineering, and software defined networks. Collaborative, interdisciplinary research relating to emerging societal-scale applications and security & privacy issues such as massive online social platforms, intelligent transportation systems, etc.
Shuguang (Robert) Cui
Data oriented large-scale information analysis and system design, including large-scale distributed estimation and detection, information theoretical approaches for large data set analysis, complex cyber-physical system design, and cognitive network optimization.