The College of Engineering offers a full suite of research and educational facilities designed to support 21st century learning and innovation.

Research Centers and Laboratories

Bionanotechnology Laboratory. The lab’s research emphasizes colloidal and interfacial science, self-assembly, and lipid biophysics. Visit the lab’s website.

Coastal Engineering Laboratory

Computational Intelligence and Self-Adaptive Systems (CISA) Laboratory. Through innovative research, this lab designs intelligent computing systems that can think and act like a human brain. Visit the lab’s website.

Corrosion and Surfaces Laboratory. The lab investigates degradation of materials and methods to mitigate degradation of materials, such as coatings. Interests include mechanisms of corrosion, corrosion assisted fatigue, hydrogen embrittlement, alternates to chromates, adhesive bonding, residual properties after explosions, bio composites and failure analysis. Visit the lab’s website.

The Dynamics Photomechanics Laboratory

Dynamics Photomechanics Laboratory. Established in 1981, the Dynamic Photomechanics Laboratory (DPML) at the University of Rhode Island brings together professionals and students who share an interest in the general area of Solid Mechanics. The main objective of the DPML is to conduct collaborative research and develop excellence in these fields. Visit the lab’s website.

Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory
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Experimental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

High Performance Computing Laboratory. This lab develops approaches to increase the speed of computers, whether through faster data retrieval or smarter memory hierarchy. Visit the lab’s website.

Laboratory for Electro-Magnetically Inspired Biomaterials and Bio-Systems (LEMIBBS) Visit the lab’s website.

Mechanics of Materials Research Laboratory. Established in 1981 by Professor Hamouda Ghonem with the mission of developing a better understanding of the role of microstructure in time-dependent deformation and damage mechanisms of advanced engineering materials subjected to complex loading under extreme temperature and environmental conditions. Visit the lab’s website.

Mechatronics Laboratory. The lab was established by Professor Musa Jouaneh for conducting teaching and research in the field of mechatronics. The lab’s mission is to provide state-of-the-art facilities and experimental setups to learn and enjoy the field of mechatronics. Visit the lab’s website.

Micro and Nanoscale Energy Laboratory. The lab emphasizes the study of nanoscale thermal transport phenomena and their engineering applications in energy conversion and harvesting systems. Visit the lab’s website.

Microfluidics Laboratory. The Microfluidics Laboratory leverages the latest innovations in mechanical and chemical engineering to produce cutting-edge biological detection systems. Visit the lab’s website.

Mechanics of Materials Lab
The Mechanics of Materials Research Laboratory

NanoBio Engineering Lab. The lab develops, characterizes and implements functionalized carbon nanotubes for bioimaging and biosensing applications. Visit the lab’s website.

Network Security and Trust (NEST) Laboratory. With security an essential requirement in most network applications, this lab aims to develop trust establishment mechanisms that can stimulate collaboration among distributed computing and communication entities, facilitate the detection of untrustworthy entities, and assist decision-making in various protocols. Visit the lab’s website.

Neural Processing and Control Lab. The main research is focused on better understanding of brain function using the cutting edge of neural engineering and cognitive neuroscience knowledge with the goal of developing the translational medicine and, therefore, improving the quality of life of patients with neurological impairments. Visit the lab’s website.

Neuro Rehabilitation Lab. The main areas of research in the Besio Lab are brain computer interfacing and neuromodulation. Electroencephalography (EEG) is the least costly and most widely used noninvasive technique for diagnosing many brain problems. It has high temporal resolution, but lacks high spatial resolution and is usually fraught with artifacts such as from muscle contractions. To improve the EEG spatial resolution and signal-to-noise ratio, Dr. Besio has pioneered the development of the tripolar concentric ring electrode configuration. Visit the lab’s website.

Next Generation Sensing Technology Lab. This group of engineering researchers incorporates cutting-edge advances in wave optics, microwave photonics, and related areas into novel sensor technologies that address critical problems in science and industry. Visit the lab’s website.

Nonlinear Dynamics Laboratory. The Research in Nonlinear Dynamics Laboratory focuses on topics in nonlinear dynamics and vibrations, including: nonlinear time series analysis; damage diagnosis and prognosis in engineered, geophysical and biological systems; failure/damage mechanics; nonlinear system and parameter identification; modal testing and analysis; dynamics, stability and control of engineered systems. Visit the lab’s website.

Pharmaceutical Engineering Laboratory. This group seeks to address the drug delivery challenges associated with overcoming and subsequently penetrating physiological barriers. These barriers include, but are not limited to, the mucosal lining of tissues, tumor parenchyma, and the blood-brain barrier. This work involves a wide variety of skills involving pharmaceutical engineering and biomedical sciences such as particle formulation and engineering, physicochemical characterization of particle systems, and the development of in vitro cell models for the evaluation of these systems. Visit the lab’s website. 

Rhode Island Consortium for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Established by Congress, the consortium is a joint initiative between the University of Rhode Island and Brown University and focuses on enhancing Rhode Island’s competitiveness in nanoscience and nanotechnology by fostering research collaboration, building infrastructure and promoting corporate investment. Visit the consortium’s website.

Rhode Island Transportation Research Laboratory. Through interdisciplinary research in the areas of intelligent transportation infrastructure and systems for all modes of transportation, the lab seeks to better our transportation infrastructure. Visit the lab’s website.

Rhode Island Water Resources Center. Chartered by Congress, the center is part of a network of institutes that promotes communication, multi-disciplinary research and policy analyses among members of the academic, government and private sector communities with water research expertise. Visit the center’s website.

Robotics Laboratory for Complex Underwater Environments (R CUE) Visit the lab’s website.

Sustainable Innovative Solutions (SIS) Laboratory. Though the SIS lab has a broad premise, it is primarily focused on the understanding of how the human element influences sustainability. A single engineer working in isolation cannot deliver sustainability. Who delivers sustainability, and how? The research in the SIS lab ranges from traditional notions of sustainability (i.e., electric vehicles, product classifications) to human behavior modeling (i.e., teams creating sustainable products, communication, team performance). Visit the lab’s website.

Sustainable & Environmental Technologies Laboratory. The lab’s mission is to develop, implement and evaluate efficient, safe and clean technologies to provide safe water for society. Visit the lab’s website.

Thermomechanics Laboratory. The laboratory makes use of experiments and analytical models in the areas of continuum mechanics to solve real-world engineering problems by implementing rational design. Tribological problems related to contact and fluid mechanics are of special interest. Visit the lab’s website.

Waterjet Laboratory. Established in 1984, the Waterjet Research Laboratory is a first-class research center in the field of abrasive waterjet machining. Visit the lab’s website.

Core Educational Facilities

The Engineering Computer Center

Acoustic Tank. Located at the Narragansett Bay Campus, the acoustic tank is a 25-foot long, 13-foot wide, 11-foot deep pool used for experimentation with hydrophones, underwater camera calibrations, and autonomous and remote operated marine robotics testing. The tank has an electronics and computer station for signal processing and data acquisition and also a gantry system above it with two rotating positioning towers.

Engineering Computer Center. The Engineering Computer Center serves as the hub for computer educational services and support for the College of Engineering. Visit the center’s website.

Machine Shop. The machine shop  offers students access to machining tools ranging from simple hand tools to highly accurate computer-controlled manufacturing equipment. Visit the shop’s website.

Wave Tank. Hosted at the Narragansett Bay Campus, the wave tank is a 30m long, 3.6m wide 1.8m deep tank with a hinged, flapper style hydraulic wave maker at the bottom. The LabVIEW and Matlab based control system is capable of producing both regular and irregular waves in a wide array of wave heights and periods. It has 20m of adjustable beach for different shoaling profiles and a 2 m/s towing carriage. It is used for a broad range of testing, including work on tsunamis, wave energy extraction, acoustic measurement of surface waves and wave-induced forcing on marine structures.

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