Research without boundaries

Faculty & Research

Our faculty perform cutting-edge research in a wide variety of areas and are recognized worldwide for their discoveries. McKelvey Engineering faculty also collaborate with faculty in other departments and other schools within the university on numerous interdisciplinary research projects.

Research by the numbers

of Engineering faculty have received the NSF CAREER Award
$37.7 million
total research expenditures (FY22)
of undergraduate students conduct research or independent study



Rohan Mishra

Michael Vahey
Assembly and Function of Viral Immune Complexes"


Rohan Mishra

Rohan Mishra
Rational Design of Ferroelectric Semiconductors

Alvitta Ottley Alvitta Ottley
Context-Aware Visual Analytics Systems: Evolving the One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Design and Evaluation


Jai Rudra

Jai Rudra
“Effects of Nanomaterial Chirality on Immune Cells and Innate Immunity”

Fangqiong Ling Fangqiong Ling
“Wastewater Counts: Real-time de facto Population Estimation for Quantitative Wastewater-based Epidemiology”
Kimberly Parker Kimberly Parker
Abiotic degradation of emerging RNA interference pesticides
Peng Bai Peng Bai
Analytical Investigation of the Spatiotemporal Heterogeneities in Particulate Porous Electrodes toward Precision Electrochemical Kinetics
Patty Weisensee Patricia Weisensee
Understanding thermal phase change processes in metallic additive manufacturing
Ulugbek Kamilov Ulugbek Kamilov
Reconciling Model-Based and Learning-Based Imaging: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications


Brendan Juba Brendan Juba
“Relational Generalization in Integrated Learning and Reasoning”
Angelina Lee I-Ting Angela Lee
“A Task-Parallel Platform for Interactive Applications”
Xuan 'Silvia' Zhang Xuan 'Silvia' Zhang
“Neural Network-Inspired Information Processing Beyond the Binary Digital Abstraction”


Mark Meacham Mark Meacham
“Dynamic characterization of acoustofluidic devices using living probes”
Roman Garnett Roman Garnett
“Boosting scientific discovery through intelligent experimental design”


Song Hu

Song Hu
“Transforming Multi-parametric Photoacoustic Microscopy”

Elijah Thimsen Elijah Thimsen
“Controlling Low Temperature Plasma Activation”
Yevgeniy Vorobeychik Yevgeniy Vorobeychik
“Adversarial Artificial Intelligence for Social Good” 


Matthew Lew Matthew Lew
"Nanoscale sensing and imaging using computational single-molecule nanoscopy"
ShiNung Ching ShiNung Ching
"System Theoretic Methods for Understanding the Dynamics of Cognition"


Brent Williams Brent Williams
"Laboratory Studies on the Chemical Characterization of Atmospheric Emission Sources and their Oxidative Evolution using Novel Instrumentation"
William Yeoh William Yeoh
"Decentralized Constraint-Based Optimization for Multi-Agent Planning and Coordination"


Rajan Chakrabarty Rajan Chakrabarty
"From Cradle to Grave: Radiative Properties of Biomass Burning Aerosols"
Barani Raman Barani Raman
"Neural Dynamics, Olfactory Coding and Behavior"
Amit Pathak Amit Pathak
"History-dependent cell motility in heterogeneous micro environments"


Fuzhong Zhang Fuzhong Zhang
"Synthetic regulatory systems for dynamic metabolic pathways"


Srikanth Singamaneni Srikanth Singamaneni
“Plasmonic Nanoclusters with Built-in Artificial Antibodies for Label-free Biosensing”
Jung-Tsung Shen
"Extraordinary Enhancement of Optical Nonlinearity in Subwavelength Metal-Nonlinear Dielectric Gratings"


Kunal Agrawal Kunal Agrawal
"Provably Good Concurrency Platforms for Streaming Applications


Caitlin Kelleher

Caitlin Kelleher
"Looking Glass: Leveraging Mentor Interactions to Create Personalized Programming Help for Independent Learners"
Young-Shin Jun Young-Shin Jun
"Understanding CO2-Fluid-Mineral Interfacial Reactions for Sustainable Geologic CO2 Sequestration: An Integrated Research & Education Plan"



Bruno Sinopoli Bruno Sinopoli
"Efficient, Secure and Robust Control of Cyber Physical Systems"
Yinjie Tang Yinjie Tang
"Development of 13C-assisted Metabolic Flux Analysis Tools for Metabolic Engineering of Cyanobacteria"
Lan Yang Lan Yang
"Real-Time Detection, Monitoring and Characterization of Single Nanoparticle/Bioaerosol Using On-Chip Resonators"


Tao Ju Tao Ju
"Reconstructing Geometrically and Topologically Correct Models"
Vijay Ramani Vijay Ramani
"Multi-functional materials for electrochemical energy conversion"


Jr-Shin Li Jr-Shin Li
"Ensemble Control with Applications to Spectroscopy, Imaging and Computation"
Neal Patwari Neal Patwari
"RF-Sensing Networks for Radio Tomographic Environmental Imaging"


Daniel Giammar Daniel Giammar
"Interfacial Reactions Affecting Heavy Metal Fate and Transport: An Integrated Research and Education Plan"



Kathy Flores Kathy Flores
"Development of a Structurally Based Plastic Flow Model to Enhance the Utilization of Bulk Metallic Glasses"
Christopher Gill Christopher Gill
"Time and Event Based System Software Construction"
Chenyang Lu Chenyang Lu
"Adaptive Quality of Service Control in Distributed Real-Time Embedded Systems"


Jeremy Buhler Jeremy Buhler
"New Technologies for Biosequence Comparison"


Phil Bayly Phil Bayly
"Prediction and Control of Nonlinear Oscillations: Applications to Mechanical and Cardiac Dynamics"

Strategic research areas

McKelvey Engineering is leading in these areas of research:

  • Aerosols
  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Aquatics
  • Biomechanics
  • Cyber-physical Systems
  • Imaging Sciences

Inside the research

McKelvey Engineering faculty members Barani Raman, Srikanth Singamaneni and Shantanu Chakrabartty are conducting research that could turn locusts into bomb-sniffing cyborgs.

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