School of Engineering
- Kirkbride Hall, Room 101
- tel: 610-499-4037
- fax: 610-499-4059
Research Areas, Engineering
The faculty in the School of Engineering have extensive experience in research and professional practice in industry and government. In the classroom, they draw on this wealth of knowledge when explaining engineering principles and design practices.
Engineering students have the option to participate in independent research with a faculty member on a topic of mutual interest in the professor’s area of expertise.
Dr. Anita Singh's primary research interests are focused on developing a new model of traumatic axonal injury that offers the possibilities of improving the understanding of white matter tract damage in the brain during a traumatic event. Currently, she is involved in developing a new combinational treatment strategy using bio-scaffolds and a robotic training paradigm in spinally contused and transected rats. This translational research, involving bioengineering techniques, holds great promise for patients with spinal cord injuries.
Dr. Dipendu Saha’s primary research interests are in broader areas of materials science and engineering with applications in biological, environmental, and energy-related studies. Currently, he is involved in the smart design of carbon-based synthetic nonporous materials and their role in drug delivery, electrode design, and gas separation/storage. Dr. Saha is involved in research publications and conference presentations and carefully blends his research activities with education by involving his engineering students in his research. He recently secured a grant from American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for his research on methane adsorption in micro-mesoporous carbons.
Dr. Vicki Brown's research interests are focused on the characterization and use of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites as a substitute for steel in reinforced concrete construction. Her work encompasses both internal reinforcement for new construction and external reinforcement for strengthening and repair of existing structures. Her research has contributed to the development of an innovative technique for mechanically-fastening FRP laminates to the tension soffit of concrete beams. A Fellow of the American Concrete Institute, Dr. Brown was recently appointed chairman of the ACI international committee that is tasked with developing code language for the design of structural concrete reinforced with FRP bars.
Dr. Xiaochao Tang's research interests lie in the general areas of geotechnical and infrastructure engineering. His recent research is focused on the instrumentation and monitoring of transportation infrastructure and characterization and effective use of new and sustainable materials for geotechnical and transportation projects. The overall goal of his research is to address pressing issues related to the nation’s aging transportation infrastructure through innovative and practical ideas and technologies.
Dr. Xiaomu Song’s research interests include pattern recognition and machine learning, from fundamental modeling issues to multidisciplinary applications in biomedical imaging, brain-computer interface, bioinformatics, signal/image processing, computer vision, and remote sensing.
Dr. Mark Nicosia’s research interests center upon mathematical and computer modeling applied to physiological systems with a particular emphasis on cardiovascular and gastrointestinal applications. He is currently focused on a collaborative project with several U.S. and international institutions to develop patient-specific computer models of individuals with swallowing disorders. The project aims to combine state-of-the-art imaging techniques with advanced computer modeling methods to predict the outcome of different treatment options for individuals with swallowing disorders, allowing physicians to optimize their therapeutic decisions in a virtual setting prior to actually treating the patient.