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Welcome to The J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University!

Each of our faculty members who has a research laboratory or group is listed in the below table. These labs and groups include a number of graduate student researchers and often involve undergraduate researchers.

List of Centers

The mission of the Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems (CANVASS) is to unify research and development of autonomous vehicles and systems to better serve the state and nation. It is a multi-laboratory center with investigators in various departments within the college.

The threefold mission of the Center of Innovation in Mechanics for Design (CiMDM) and Manufacturing is: research; education and training and global collaborations; and industry and governmental lab outreach. The center aims to solve the need for mechanics support for early stage design and subsequent manufacturing.

The Energy Systems Laboratory focuses on energy-related research, energy efficiency, and emissions reduction. Innovations in research, education, and technology offer solutions to help improve quality of life, foster economic development, and enhance education.

The mission of the INnoVation tools and Entrepreneurial New Technology (INVENT) Lab is to help researchers and companies get technology developed and to market faster through development and application of innovation accelerating tools and new technology feasibility demonstration. Our research areas include but not limited to: Tribology of touch for haptic perception, tribology of robotic interactions, MEMS/NEMS characterization and nanophotonics.

The StarLab develops disruptive, deployable technologies based on the innovative application of smart design strategies, tools, and techniques and conducts focused research on development of novel algorithms and analysis and implementations of autonomous vehicle systems.

The Turbomachinery Laboratory faculty and students team up with industry partners to conduct research into important problems of reliability and performance of turbomachinery through the Turbomachinery Research Consortium.

List of Laboratories

The current research at the Acoustics & Signal Processing Laboratory is focused on the study of sound and vibration generation, propagation, and reception and the control of them in mechanical and bioengineering systems.

The ART lab facilitates fundamental and applied research on robotics and embedded technologies for applications in defense, health care, and education. Ongoing research projects include swarm robotics, novel transformable robots, origami-inspired robotic mechanisms, and tangible interactive games.

The Advanced Computational Mechanics Laboratory is dedicated to state-of-the-art research in the development of novel mathematical models and numerical simulation of physical phenomena. Current research includes but not limited to damage, fracture, nonlocal mechanics, composite materials and structures (e.g., plates and shells), and computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer.

The Advanced Engine Research Lab investigates advanced methods for internal combustion engine energy conversion and emission reduction.

The Advanced NanoManufacturing Lab develops new tools and techniques to pattern unconventional materials at the nanoscale, with particular interests in polymers, organic small molecules, metallic and semiconducting nanoparticles, and 1- and 2-D materials.

The Aerosol Technology Laboratory performs static bench-top testing of aerosol devices, fluorometric analysis, imaging of test aerosol particles, and wind-tunnel testing of aerosol sampling equipment.

The BiSSL group works on systems-level problems related to sustainability and resilience. We seek to better engineer systems ranging from industrial resources networks to power grids by incorporating inspiration from biological systems, optimizing designs towards their desirable characteristics.

The BioMechanical Environments Laboratory conducts research in orthopedic biomechanics, tissue mechanics and engineering, human performance, and vascular, lymphatic, and cell biomechanics.

The Computational Heat Transfer Laboratory conducts research to develop techniques to predict turbulent flow and heat transfer in nuclear reactors.

The Computational Thermo-Fluids lab focuses on developing new physical models suitable for high-performance computing with high scalability to aid designing clean and efficient energy conversion systems.

The CAST Lab utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to connected, safe and autonomous technologies.

Major research interests in our lab include machine intelligence and control, autonomous and connected vehicles control and optimization, dynamics modeling, automation and control for oil and gas applications, control and optimization for energy systems, and mechatronic system design, fabrication and prototyping.

The Design Systems Lab discovers, studies, and demonstrates new ways in which engineers can design complex systems.

The E3 Laboratory performs thermodynamic engine cycle simulations, tests alternate fuels and diesel engine fuel injection as well as selective catalytic and non-catalytic removal of NOx and distributed electrical power production.

The Energy Control and Optimization lab attempts to find smarter engineering solutions for energy technology demands and multi-scale dynamic systems using computational modeling and applied mathematics.

The Experimental Solid Mechanics Laboratory investigates a wide range of problems in solid mechanics, many of which exhibit a strong coupling between mechanics and other fields, such as electronics and chemistry. Current areas of interest include mechanics of materials for energy storage and conversion, deformation and fracture of soft materials, mechanics of flexible/wearable electronics, coupled electro-chemo-mechanics, mechanics of plants, mechanics of irradiated materials, and mass transport in materials.

The Gas Dynamics and Propulsion Group specializes in the study of combustion, gas dynamics, and propulsion. They conduct experiments on reacting flows, chemical kinetics, and shock waves for a range of applications.

The Human Rehabilitation Group seeks to understand how the central nervous system controls human sensorimotor behavior, how neurologic impairments affect normal and optimal behavioral principles, and to rehabilitate neurological-impaired patients to restore the normality and optimality of their sensorimotor behavior.

The Lab for Advanced Nanophotonics strives to bring optical solutions to the real world for light-enabled internet of things (IoT).

The Laboratory for Low Carbon Energy and Sustainable Environment conducts research on 1) the production of renewable fuels with zero carbon emissions by using carbon dioxide as the feedstock, sunlight as the energy input, and nanomaterials as the catalysts, and 2) treatment and reuse of wastewater from industry and oil/gas fields, and membrane technology for desalination.

The Laboratory for Nonequilibrium Phenomena studies the dynamic behavior of materials subject to extreme environments and uses this knowledge to enable the multi-scale design of revolutionary multifunctional materials.

The Manufacturing Innovation Laboratory performs multi-disciplinary research combining manufacturing with material science, thermal science, and computer science for broad applications in industry and healthcare.

The Microtribodynamics Laboratory studies tribology and dynamic interaction in miniature systems with research interests ranging from tribological problems in compressor application to nano-tribology for Head-Disk Interfaces in magnetic storage.

The Mixed Initiative Design Laboratory develops computational frameworks for the representation, presentation, and manipulation of information with research positioned at the intersection of computer-aided product design, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence.

The Morpheus Laboratory is a dynamic research facility focused on Smart Systems with applications of smart materials and adaptive structures.

The Multi-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer Laboratory have ongoing research projects ranging from micro-fluidics, boiling heat transfer, nanotechnology, and Bio-MEMS.

The Nano Energy Laboratory explores advanced energy technology and science, nano/micro-systems, and thermal engineering science.

NES focuses on nanomaterial fabrication and characterization with applications to human sensing, internet of things, personalized medicine, and energy harvesting embodied with artificial intelligence, with an ultimate goad to be vibrant and adaptable to the high impact innovations in the multidisciplinary areas of mechanical, materials science, electrical engineering and biomedical engineering.

The Optical Diagnostics and Imaging Laboratory develops and applies cutting-edge laser techniques to study reacting and non-reacting flows such as combustion, propulsion, plasma systems, and hypersonic flows.

The Plasma Engineering and Diagnostics Laboratory’s research is focused on the experimental study of microscale and low temperature plasmas and devices with drive plasmas.

The Polymer NanoComposites Lab studies various polymer and nanocomposite materials, with properties that rival metals and ceramics, while maintaining beneficial polymer mechanical behavior. Flame retardancy, gas barrier, anti-corrosion, thermoelectric energy generation and heat shielding are topics of particular expertise.

Synthesis of control and instrumentation, actuators and power electronics, sensors and signal processing, and precision system design.

The Precision Sensors and Instrumentation Group develops precision engineering-inspired approaches to manufacturing and metrology and use these to create new knowledge in precision machine systems.

The PROduct Synthesis Engineering Laboratory helps engineers during initial design phases and develops design methods to facilitate concept generation for specific types of product spaces, such as biomimetic, derivative biomimetic, and universal product concepts.

Research focuses on experimentally verified computational film flow models for the prediction of the static and dynamic force response of fluid film bearings; in particular hydrostatic bearings, tilting pad bearings, annular pressure seals, squeeze film dampers, floating ring bearings, gas damper bearings and seals, foil gas bearings and porous-carbon bearings.

The Smart Systems Lab is focused on researching persistent structural change phenomena using external stimuli in a variety of forms.

The Surface Science Laboratory researches develops methodology to characterize and understand chemical, mechanical, physical, and tribological properties of surfaces and interfaces of materials in different states and processes to synthesize various materials.

The Thermo-Fluids Control Laboratory focuses its research on using advanced control strategies to achieve higher energy efficiency, reduced environmental impact, and increased performance for conventional and alternative energy systems.

The Turbine Heat Transfer Laboratory develops new cooling techniques and investigate traditional cooling methods in the pursuit of more efficient gas turbines for both power generation and aircraft propulsion.

The Unmanned Systems Laboratory’s research focuses on mapping, localization, guidance, navigation, and control for developing autonomous ground and aerial vehicles.

The Vibration, Control, and Electromechanics Laboratory is currently researching seawater desalination, the Morton Effect, machinery windage, and solid model based finite element rotordynamics.