ME Research Labs

Nanoscale Electro-Thermal Sciences Laboratory (NETSL) - Dr. Peter Raad 
The Nanoscale Electro-thermal Sciences Laboratory (NETSL) was founded in 1995 in the SMU school of engineering in recognition of the local industry’s needs for noninvasive characterization of the thermal behavior of complex microelectronic devices. NETSL's focus is on research and creative use of computational and metrological thermal sciences to enhance the design and reliability of microelectronics and explore new scientific frontiers.  The Laboratory features transient thermoreflectance-based metrology systems for measuring the properties of ultra-thin materials and their interfaces as well as temperature fields of devices with deep submicron resolution.  In addition, NETSL features a novel adaptive computational tool for ultra-fast thermal modeling of complex three-dimensional devices.

BioMicrofluidics Lab - Dr. Ali Beskok
Where we design, build and test Lab on a Chip devices for biomedical, environmental monitoring, and food/water safety applications. We also perform numerical simulations of mass momentum and energy transport in micro and nano-scales, using continuum based and atomistic methods.

Laser Micromaching Lab - Dr. David Willis
The Laser Micromachinging Lab studies thermal processing using short pulse width lasers and the use of lasers for fabrication of micro- and nanoscale structures.  Research includes laser texturing, laser ablation, laser-induced forward transfer, and microfluidics.

Microsensor Lab - Dr. Volkan Otugen
The lab concentrates on experimental and theoritcal Fluid Mechanics, plasma applications to aerodynamics, and micro-optical sensor technology.

Microsystems Research Lab - Dr. Tindaro Ioppolo
The research carried out in this laboratory focuses in the area of  optical actuators and sensors, micro-optofluidics, energy conversion and smart materials.

Additive Manufacturing, Robotics, and Automation Lab - Prof. Adam Cohen/Dr. Paul Krueger
The Laboratory for Additive Manufacturing, Robotics, and Automation (LAMRA) is currently engaged in NSF National Robotics Initiative-sponsored research and development of advanced, multi-material 3-D printing technology as applied to the manufacturing of soft robotic components. Other contemplated research areas include robotic technologies for minimally invasive medical procedures, and automated construction systems.

BioMedical Instrumentation and Robotics Lab - Dr. Edmond Richer
The Biomedical Instrumentation and Robotics Laboratory research activities promote strong interdisciplinary collaboration between several branches of engineering and biomedical sciences. The research interests are centered on two foci:
• Medical robotics, especially novel robotic applications in Minimally Invasive, Natural Orifice, and Image Guided and Haptic Assisted Surgery
• in vivo measurement of mechanical properties of biological tissue
These foci touch upon fundamentals in analytical dynamics, nonlinear control of mechanical systems, computer aided design and virtual prototyping, applied mathematics, data acquisition, signal processing, and high performance actuators.

Systems Lab - Dr. Yildirim Hurmuzlu
This lab is engaged in research in robotics, biomechanics, and vibration suppression.

Porous Media Lab - Dr. Jose Lage
Design of Bio-inspired Heat Exchangers and Lung Research.

Experimental Fluid Dynamics Lab - Dr. Paul Krueger
Experimental quantification and evaluation of unsteady fluid flow processes including vortex formation, unsteady flow transport through porous interfaces, and the performance of pulsed-jet micropropulsion.

Structure and Materials Lab - Dr. Wei Tong
The lab will be used to both conduct research projects and teaching lab courses on experimental characterization and computational modeling of mechanical behaviors of materials.

Laser Materials Lab - Dr. Radovan Kovacevic
The Laser Material Laboratory has been equipped with a fiber laser of 4 kW, a Nd-YAG laser of 1 kW, a fiber coupled direct diode laser of 1 kW.  The three fully automated laser-based workstations have been developed.  Two of them are equipped with the six-axes robots and the third one with a five-axis CNC machining center.  The R-D work on welding, hybrid welding, cladding, rapid manufacturing, surface modification, and sensing and control has been performed in this laboratory.

High Power Diode Laser Lab - Dr. Radovan Kovacevic
This Laboratory is equipped with a 6-axes robot, a high power direct diode laser and a number of sensing systems.  The system is used to perform R&D work in heat treatment, cladding, paint striping, and surface modifications.

Materials Characterization Lab - Dr. Radovan Kovacevic
This laboratory is housing a micro-machining station equipped with a four-axes positioning system and a short pulsed laser with four harmonics (1064, 532, 355 and 266 nm in wavelength).  This system is used for R&D work in micro cutting, micro drilling, marking and engraving on metals, plastics, ceramics, composites, and semiconducting materials.

Materials Testing Lab - Dr. Radovan Kovacevic
This laboratory is equipped with a tensile test machine, hardness and microhardness testers, optical microscopy, and equipment to prepare samples for metallographic studies.