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Engineering Research

In Widener’s undergraduate and graduate engineering programs, research plays a major role for both faculty and students. Widener’s School of Engineering has produced an impressive track record of research in the following engineering disciplines.

Biomedical Engineering

Faculty and students are conducting research on a wide variety of biomedical engineering topics such as cardiovascular biomechanics, artificial kidney devices and hemodialysis, suturing mechanics for C-sections, cooling devices for brain surgery, and Alzheimer's disease. Faculty are completing research on a drug delivery system to overcome resistance to chemotherapy in breast cancer patients.

Chemical Engineering

Students and faculty are currently investigating the interaction between the p53 protein, which is naturally produced in the human body, and the Murine Double Minute 2 (MDM2) protein produced by cancer cells. The main objective of this research is to discover drugs capable of inhibiting p53-MDM2 interaction leading to selective activation of p53 protein, which protects cells from cancer.

Research is also being done in connection with  American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund on methane adsorption.

Civil Engineering

A recent student project has generated interest from truss manufacturers and homebuilders as the students developed a novel repair technique to restore the strength of wood truss joints when the joint’s metal connector plates are only partially embedded.

Electrical Engineering

Undergraduate students are currently working on data analysis of electroencephalography-based brain computer interface.

Mechanical Engineering

Students are working to understand the physical and mechanical factors underlying common treatment methods for swallowing disorders (an article can be found on page 15 of the 2010 fall issue of Widener Magazine). Other research includes designing analytical tools to aid in the design of woven composite materials, which exhibit complex materials properties for highly specialized applications such as aerospace structures.