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MIME Research Labs

Below are links to safety resource guides at Oregon State University and a full list of research labs in the School of MIME.

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Lab Name

Faculty Member


Advanced Manufacturing Processes Laboratory (AMPL)

(HP Building 11)

Rajiv Malhotra Manufacturing process mechanics, control and innovation from micro to macro scales. Applications in energy devices, transportation and wearable devices.
Autonomous Agents and Distributed Intelligence Laboratory Kagan Tumer Research on learning, optimization and coordination in large, distributed systems. Applications involve air traffic management, multi-robot coordination, sensor coordination, and autonomous robots.
Applied Mechanics and Composites Technology Lab

(Batcheller 042)

Roberto Albertani Fluid-structure interactions experimental research applied to flight. Vision based methods for monitoring and analysis of mechanical systems. Composites technology for design and manufacturing of complex structures.
Change and Reliable Systems Engineering and Management (CaRSEM)

(Covell 208)

Javier Calvo-Amodio Research to create ad hoc solutions to complex problems by engineering and maintaining dynamic change environments (transition-phase management) and by engineering and maintaining reliable socio-technical systems. The approach uses the application of systems thinking methodologies in combination with industrial engineering and engineering management tools for system identification, design, modeling and improvement. CaRSEM applications include healthcare, lean and six sigma environments, sustainability, virtual teams, and STEM education.
Combustion, Ignition, Radiation and Energy Laboratory

(Rogers 334)

David Blunck Research to provide enabling scientific knowledge to address challenges in existing or future energy and combustion systems.
Computational Flow Physics Laboratory Sourabh Apte Fundamental analysis of fluid flow problems using multiscale modeling and numerical simulations; advanced numerical algorithm development for DNS or LES of two-phase flows.
Computational Materials Science Group Alex Greaney Fundamental research combining computer simulation and theoretical modeling to investigate structures and properties of materials and how to engineer them.
Computational Mechanics and Applied Design Laboratory John Parmigiani Finite element modeling of engineering phenomena, typically with experimental validation; design, fabrication, and testing of technically-interesting mechanical devices.
Design Engineering Lab Matt Campbell, Bryony DuPont, Chris Hoyle, Bob Paasch, Rob Stone, Irem Tumer Research in design theory and methodologies and design automation, with a focus on investigating uses of computational methods in early-stage product development, systems analysis, and design optimization.
Dynamic Robotics Laboratory Jonathan Hurst Theoretical and applied research on robotic physical interactions, focusing on walking and running, catching, throwing, and other dynamic tasks that tend to be much more difficult for robots than for humans.
Electroceramics Research Lab Dave Cann Investigations of recent developments in electronic ceramics such as piezoelectric materials for MEMS applications, energy capacitors, and high temperature capacitors and actuators.

Energy Systems Laboratory


Chris Hagen Research involves energy conversion, primarily focusing on advanced internal combustion engines, with conventional (ie, traditional refinery streams) and unconventional fuel (eg, natural gas for transportation) sources.
Human Factors Engineering Lab Ken Funk Research on human performance in complex systems in the aviation, healthcare, manufacturing, and defense domains; development and evaluation of equipment and procedures designed to facilitate human performance.
Industrial Sustainability Laboratory Karl Haapala Research investigates the development and application of methods and tools to improve the environmental, economic, and social performance of manufacturing processes and systems. Applications include design for manufacturing decision support, manufacturing process development and analysis, and assessment of alternative energy systems.
Laboratory for Robotics and Applied Mechanics

(Graf 304)

Ross Hatton Research on geometric methods for understanding locomotion and manipulation dynamics found in robots and animals.
Experimental Fluid Mechanics Research Lab

(Rogers 344)

Jim Liburdy

Development and application of laser-based optical methods for studying turbulence and unsteady flows, e.g. in fluid–structure interactions, droplet generation, and porous media and two-phase microchannel flows.
Manufacturing Systems and Logistics Lab

(Batcheller 345)

David Kim, Hector Vergara Mathematical, simulation and statistical modeling for planning and operations in manufacturing systems, transportation, and logistics; optimization of production and service systems; facility and network design.
Mechanical Behavior of Materials Laboratory Jay Kruzic Research on mechanical properties (e.g., deformation, fracture, fatigue, creep-fatigue) of advanced structural materials and biomaterials, including metals, ceramics, intermetallics, interfaces, composites, and biological materials.
Micro and Nano Scale Transport Enhancement Laboratory Deborah Pence Mass, momentum and thermal transport enhancement at the micro and nano scales, focusing on low pressure drop enhancements in microscale heat sinks/exchangers and delay of critical heat flux for thermal management.

Microproducts Breakthrough Institute

(HP Building 11)

Todd Miller A fee-based user facility accessible to both faculty and industry, the MBI has equipment and lab space to support development and evaluation of prototypes for research and early phase commercialization.  MBI staff provide equipment training and are available to perform service and project work as well.
Microscale Thermal and Flow Phenomena Laboratory Vinod Narayanan Basic and applied research in thermal and fluid transport, including thermal management of electronics and other high-flux sources, absorption refrigeration, solar thermochemical processing of fuels, passive pumping of fluids, and hydrogen storage.
Microfluidics and Micro-Hydro Lab Kendra Sharp Collaborative, multidisciplinary research on microfluidics for biological and energy applications, optical diagnostics in experimental fluid mechanics, and sustainable energy applications for developing countries.
Mobile Technology Solutions Laboratory David Porter System performance improvements in manufacturing, warehouse management, and transportation applications through design, modeling and analysis of automatic identification and data collection (AIDC) and mobile wireless technologies.
Multi-Functional Thin Film Materials Research Laboratory Brady Gibbons Research on microstructure, processing, and property relationships in functional thin film materials.
Nuclear Materials and Metallurgy Laboratory

(212 Dearborn)

Julie Tucker Materials degradation and alloy development research for harsh environments. Computational methods and fundamental experiments are coupled to explain degradation mechanisms and predict component lifetime performance. Focus areas include: phase transformations, irradiation damage and supercritical CO2 corrosion.
Personal Robotics Lab

(Graf 203)

Bill Smart Basic and applied research in the areas of human-robot interaction, mobile robotics, long-term autonomy, and assistive robotics.
Process Improvement Group Chinweike Eseonu

The Process Improvement Group (Pi Group) applies engineering concepts, such as lean manufacturing principles, performance management frameworks, and human systems analysis, to:

  1. Model socio-technical processes in a manner that empowers decision makers with accurate cause-effect knowledge of systems being managed,
  2. Identify and explain underlying drivers of quality, performance, change management and organizational resiliency, and
  3. Devise new approaches for solving problems in lean implementation, technology diffusion and entrepresneurship, and team performance improvement.
Robotic Decision Making Laboratory

(Graf 205)

Geoff Hollinger Fundamental research in planning, coordination, and learning techniques to improve robotic sensing and manipulation on marine, air, and ground vehicles operating in the physical world.
Robotics and Human Control Systems Laboratory Ravi Balasubramanian Neural control and biomechanics in the human body using robotics techniques; design and control methodologies (including human-inspired) that enable robots to operate robustly in unstructured environments.
Thermal Energy Systems & Transport (TEST) Laboratory Brian Fronk Research is focused on the relationship between fundamental thermal transport and advanced energy system development. Investigations range from improving the understanding of basic transport phenomena, developing novel heat and mass transfer components, to exploring power, heating, cooling, and energy storage system operation and design.

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