Sensors and Instrumentation

Expanding what we can detect in the world

Advancing technology in sensors and instrumentation is work that keeps people safe and informed about the world around us. We rely on sensors to measure the health of physical materials, the status of environmental conditions, the composition of biological matter, or the density of traffic along a highway.

Otto Gregory developed a bomb-‘sniffing’ sensor capable of detecting explosives at airports or subways. He also leads a team designing sensors to measure the temperature, pressure, and strain inside jet engines. Work is underway at the University to design smart sensors that monitor fuel cells or detect chemical leaks or terrorist attacks. Civil engineers are spearheading sensors to better monitor traffic conditions and electrical engineers are finding ways to turn fiber optic cables into millions of tiny sensors.

As an engineer, you don’t want to work on something that is not going to benefit mankind.
Professor Otto Gregory

Research here will also keep us healthy. We are building tiny fluorescent spectrometry sensors to detect biomarkers in blood–the first step toward diagnosing disease. Researchers are developing sensors to detect electrical signals in the body to better understand conditions such as sleep apnea and cardiac disease. Kunal Mankodiya’s Wearable Biosensing Lab is creating wearable systems that can track important patient metrics such as heart rate vital signs, physical activity, falling, walking, or other movement difficulties in their daily life.

  • Office of Naval Research awards $4.7M for cyber-physical security and resilience - Four University of Rhode Island engineering professors have been awarded a $4.7 million grant from the Office of Naval Research to advance the security and resilience of AI-enabled power grids, promote workforce development, and secure manufacturing environments. The three-year project, “Advancing Research on Cyber-Physical Security and Resilience: A Multifaceted Approach,” will be led by principal […]
  • Department of Energy Awards URI Team Funding for Carbon Capture Analysis - University of Rhode Island (URI) received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy in partnership with the University of Kentucky to develop an ocean-faring electrochemical direct ocean capture system for carbon. This technology would be using renewable energy to drive a device that removes carbon dioxide (CO2) from ocean water. Climate change is driven by […]
  • Technology for NASA’s Next-Generation Telescope - University of Rhode Island Professor Sungho Kim is developing technology that could be part of NASA’s next-generation telescope that will allow the space agency to observe and study phenomena that occurred 13.7 billion years ago. 
  • Engineering Professors, Business Receive $75,000 Grant from RI Commerce Corp. - URI Engineering professors Richard Vaccaro and Musa Jouneh received a $75,000 innovation grant from RI Commerce Corporation for engineering development work with a startup company, Kinesia. The grant, which runs from January to August 2024, will pay for the creation of a prototype for an aid to human rehabilitation from orthopedic and neurological injuries. Mechanical […]

Faculty

Professor and Department Chair

Ocean Engineering

401.874.6540
miller@uri.edu

Assistant Professor

Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering

401.874.4102
reza_abiri@uri.edu

Assistant Professor

Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering

401.874.2752
kadhikari@uri.edu

Professor

Electrical, Computer & Biomedical Engineering

401.874.4738
besio@uri.edu

Distinguished Engineering Professor

Chemical Engineering

401.874.2085
ogregory@uri.edu

Robert Haas Endowed Professor

Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering

401.874.5645
haibohe@uri.edu

Associate Professor and Graduate Director

Ocean Engineering

401.874.6028
slicht@uri.edu

Assistant Professor

Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering

401.874.4249
yanglin@uri.edu

Associate Professor

Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering

401.874.5661
kunalm@uri.edu

Associate Professor

Ocean Engineering

401.874.6035
brennanphillips@uri.edu

Professor Research

Ocean Engineering

401.874.6591
gpotty@uri.edu

Professor

Ocean Engineering (limited) and Oceanography

401.874.6115
croman2@uri.edu

Simon Ostrach Professor

Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering

401.874.2283
shuklaa@uri.edu

Associate Professor

Ocean Engineering

401.874.6879
loravu@uri.edu

Distinguished Engineering Professor

Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering

401.874.5880
qyang@uri.edu

Associate Professor and Graduate Director

Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering

401.874.9067
cyuan@uri.edu