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School of 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)
(MBI, HP Building 11)
Rajiv Malhotra Manufacturing process mechanics, control and innovation from micro to macro scales. Applications in energy devices, transportation and wearable devices.

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.

Autonomous Agents and Distributed Intelligence Laboratory

(Rogers 442)

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.

Change and Reliable Systems Engineering and Management (CaRSEM)

(Covell 240)

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

(Dearborn 111-112)

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

(Dearborn 310)

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

(Covell 001)

John Parmigiani Finite element modeling of engineering phenomena, typically with experimental validation; design, fabrication, and testing of technically-interesting mechanical devices.

Design Engineering Lab

(Dearborn 102-104)

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

(Graf 2nd-floor High Bay)

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

(Dearborn 312)

Dave Cann Supports research on electronic ceramic materials high-energy ceramic capacitors, high temperature capacitors, and piezoelectric materials for sensors 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.

Energy Technology Innovation Lab

(MBI, HP Building 11)

Hailei Wang Research on advanced energy recovery, conversion and storage technologies to improve overall energy efficiency and enable renewables, through innovative system and component designs, with focus on engine waste heat recovery, flexible power and cooling, thermal management, and high flux microchannel heat exchangers.

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.

Human Factors Engineering Lab

(050 Batcheller)

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

(Rogers 430)

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 200)

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

Materials Manufacturing Process Control Lab

(MBI, HP Building 11)

Burak Sencer MPLC conducts research in virtual simulation of machining operations and CNC machine tools, mechanics and dynamics of metal cutting operations, design and digital control of high speed feed drives; precision machining, sensor assisted intelligent machining; and chatter stability of cutting processes.

Mechanical Behavior of Materials Laboratory

(009 Dearborn)

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

(Rogers 434)

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.

Microfluidics and Micro-Hydro Lab

(342 Rogers)

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.

Microproducts Breakthrough Institute

(MBI, 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.


(Graf 2nd-floor High Bay)

Yiğit Mengüç Robotics lab inventing soft active materials, bioinspired mechanisms, and rapid digital manufacturing. The design and manufacture of soft bioinspired robotic devices that extend our technical capabilities is our goal. Using biological inspiration, we design mechanisms that are as soft as skin and muscle, then manufacture them with techniques in 3D printing, laser machining, and soft lithography.

Mobile Technology Solutions Laboratory

(Batcheller 349)

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

(Dearborn 300A-C)

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

(109 Dearborn)

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

(Graf 200)

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

(432 Rogers)

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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