College announces three new interdisciplinary research themes
The College of Engineering and Applied Science recently launched three interdisciplinary research themes as part of a broad push into growing and critical areas of study. The new themes — Hypersonic Vehicles; Resilient Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity; and Engineering Education and AI-Augmented Learning — will explore vitally important work and help advance the college’s long-term research vision.
Hypersonic vehicles are used for space exploration, national security and perhaps for passenger transport in the future. The design of these flying vehicles involves consideration of a number of complex, closely interrelated areas, including aerodynamics, propulsion, materials, structures, controls and optimization.
The Resilient Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity group will explore holistic actions to address the many drivers of urban disaster risk worldwide while simultaneously addressing environmental sustainability and social equity challenges.
The scope of the Engineering Education and AI-Augmented Learning theme includes research in engineering and computing education and assessment, as well as AI/machine learning and the convergence between those areas. One key goal is to develop the theories, technologies and know-how for advancing student-centered learning environments in K–16, graduate, and professional engineering and computing education.
The college launched its first six interdisciplinary research themes in 2018. The goal of the IRTs is to aid faculty teaming on larger projects, build up shared facility resources and provide internal seed grants to propel research in crucial topic areas. From that original group, the Autonomous Systems and Multi-Functional Materials themes will continue for the next two years.
Three new themes: Hypersonic Vehicles; Resilient Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity; and Engineering Education and AI-Augmented Learning