Speed School faculty members are the leaders of our research enterprise. Their efforts support our mission to advance knowledge and to use that knowledge for economic development. Faculty members of our eight departments have established research excellence in areas including energy and sustainability, advanced manufacturing and logistics, engineering human health, cyber-enabled discovery, and provide an underpinning strength in materials engineering and nanoscience. This research is supported by multiple Federal, State and company sponsors.
injury biomechanics, rehabilitation, assistive technology, pediatric injury, child abuse detection, veterinary orthopedics
The BioImaging Laboratory (Director: Dr. El-Baz) was established in August 2006 at the University of Louisville and is committed to excellence in research and teaching. The primary focal point of the BioImaging Lab is to develop and implement innovative and ground-breaking techniques for use in image-guided surgeries, and the creation of non-invasive image-based diagnostic systems, which can help to revolutionize the early diagnosis of numerous diseases and brain disorders. The work of the BioImaging lab has achieved worldwide recognition and is helping to pave the way for upcoming cutting-edge medical systems. The current research projects in the BioImaging lab include:
Development of Bio-Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (BioMEMS), nanofabrication, biomaterials, development of micro Total Analysis Systems (μTAS), experimental and computational microfluidics, experimental fluid mechanics, cardiovascular mechanics, and acoustic transducer design and fabrication
Biomedical engineering with broad research focus to understand the effect of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices on the heart and vasculature for the treatment of cardiac dysfunction, and how it may lead to pathologic remodeling. Specific research interests include: biomedical instrumentation for investigating hemodynamic efficacy; elucidating mechanisms of recovery; and developing effective control strategies for MCS device-based therapy. Our laboratory uses computer simulation, mock circulation, acute and chronic animal models, and human cadavers to comprehensively simulate and analyze the effect of MCS devices on cardiovascular function in compliance with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP). Our laboratory has extensive experience and expertise with hemodynamic data acquisition and analysis; MCS device hemocompatibility, safety, and reliability testing; and MCS device development. Specifically, we’ve successfully tested and/or developed MCS devices with the following industry partners: Abiomed (AbioCor, Impella 2.5, Impella 5.0); HeartWare (HVAD, MVAD, tMVAD, biMVAD); UofL (AVD, Viscous Impeller Pump; Fontan Pump); SCR (Symphony); Thoratec (HM XVE, PVAD, IVAD, HM II, HM III, and HM X).
Currently, our research foci include:
|Xiao-An Fu||Chemical Engineering|
Breath analysis for disease biomarker discovery. gas sensors, microelectrodes
|Kyung Kang||Chemical Engineering|
* Nano-metal particles for Fluorescence Quenching and Enhancement
* Nanoparticles for Optical Contrast in Optical Mammography
* Application of Nano-magnetic Particles for Tumor Specific Hyperthermia
(2) Photonics I – Real-time, Micro-Scale, Immuno Optical, Multimarker, Biosensing System: Biosensing systems for disease diaganosis/monitoring/prognosis –
(3) Photonics II – Bio-system Characterization and Imaging
(4) Characterization of Primo-Vascular System
(5) Bio-Separation - Bioseparation (Experimental/Theoretical)
(6) Numerical Analysis and Computer Simulation
- Co-Developer of a probabilistic/numerical technique, the B-W-K Technique.
(7) Application of Total Quality Management (TQM) in Bio-Engineering Research and Education
|Mahendra Sunkara||Chemical Engineering|
Current research interests include renewable energy technologies such as solar cells, Li Ion batteries, production of hydrogen from water and process development for growing large crystals of diamond, gallium nitride and bulk quantities of nanowires, novel carbon morphologies.
|Gerold Willing||Chemical Engineering|
Colloidal Suspensions, Complex Fluids, Colloidal Stability, Solar Thermal Energy Systems, Water Utility Materials, Rubber Degradation, Hydrogels, Applied Separation Processes, Atomic Force Microscopy
|Nageshwar Bhaskar||Civil & Environmental Engineering|
|Mark French||Civil & Environmental Engineering|
Water resources, hydraulics, hydrology, water supply and water treatment, hydrologic forecasting
|Young H. Kim||Civil & Environmental Engineering|
|Zhihui Sun||Civil & Environmental Engineering||Construction materials, early-age properties of concrete, non-destructive testing, microstructure, numerical simulation|
|Dar-Jen Chang||Computer Engineering & Computer Science|
Computer Garphics, Computer Games, and GPU Data-Parallel Computing
|Mehmed Kantardzic||Computer Engineering & Computer Science|
Data mining & knowledge discovery, machine learning, soft computing, click fraud detection and prevention, concept drift in streaming data, distributed intelligent systems
|Eric Rouchka||Computer Engineering & Computer Science|
bioinformatics, computational biology, big data, next-generation sequence analysis
|Roman Yampolskiy||Computer Engineering & Computer Science|
|Amir Amini||Electrical & Computer Engineering|
Physics and mathematics of medical imaging, Cardiovascular Imaging, MRI of flow and motion, image-based cardiovascular mechanics, mathematical image analysis
|Aly Farag||Electrical & Computer Engineering|
Dr. Farag research focus is model-based computer vision and image understanding with practical and biomedical applications. His contributions have been in active computer vision, image modeling, segmentation, registration, and object reconstruction.
|Tamer Inanc||Electrical & Computer Engineering|
Autonomous Robotics, Nonlinear Trajectory Generation for UAVs, Robust Active Vision Systems, Robust Control and Identification, Biometrics and Biomedical Problems.
|Michael McIntyre||Electrical & Computer Engineering|
|Karla Welch||Electrical & Computer Engineering|
Emotion Mapping of Children through Human-robot Interaction and Affective Computing
|Suraj M. Alexander||Industrial Engineering|
|Lihui Bai||Industrial Engineering|
|Brent E. Stucker||Industrial Engineering|
|John S. Usher||Industrial Engineering|
In the area of scholarly research, Dr. Usher has acted as PI or Co-PI on approximately $8 million worth of funded research for organizations such as such as the Office of Naval Research, Defense Logistics Agency, National Science Foundation, IBM, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and General Electric. He has authored over 40 papers in refereed journals, over 70 publications appearing as conference proceedings, book articles, and technical reports. He has successfully directed over 100 PhD, M.Eng, and MSIE theses and projects in a variety of industrial engineering related topics.
|Mickey R. Wilhelm||Industrial Engineering|
Facilities location and layout, fuzzy linguistic variables, applied operations research
|Roger D. Bradshaw||Mechanical Engineering|
|W.G. Cobourn||Mechanical Engineering||Air quality modeling|
|Sam Park||Mechanical Engineering|
Multiphase transport in electrochemical power and conversion devices including, fuel cells, flow batteries, energy storage systems, and chemical sensors. Biomass and biofuel.
|Christopher Richards||Mechanical Engineering|
|Stuart Williams||Mechanical Engineering|