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Research Areas

Biomedical engineering

By its very nature, biomedical engineering can be defined as the intersection of engineering and medicine. Nowhere is that intersection more highly defined than in our research labs. The recent work of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in tissue engineering and drug delivery allows us to imagine a day when our own body tissues are replaced, enhanced or restored, and personalized genetics-based drug delivery to the central nervous system and the brain combats cancer.

Both are examples of promising research designed to improve or maintain the quality of our lives and the lives of those around us.

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Chemical and life science engineering

The Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering is organized to leverage advancements within chemical engineering by incorporating the areas of biotechnology, material science and nanotechnology, as well as chemical and bioprocessing. This program exemplifies VCU’s continuing commitment to excellence in teaching and research, and has been recognized nationally and internationally. Our students apply fundamental skills from the classroom to specific areas of research in emerging technologies.

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Computer science

As the School of Engineering’s youngest department, the Department of Computer Science is part of a dynamic and fast-growing field of opportunities for students and faculty alike. The work of computer scientists touches nearly every aspect of life today — from business and manufacturing to bioinformatics and cybersecurity.

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Electrical and computer engineering

Three critical areas of focus steer the work of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: computer engineering, controls and communications, and nanoelectronics and solid-state materials. Our research labs are hives of advanced activity that include quantum devices, storage technology and computer architecture, sensory intelligence, and semiconductor optoelectronics.

Two of our highly recognized recent projects have long-term impacts: One has the potential to virtually eliminate the need for battery-operated computer circuits; the other is a noninvasive computer-based analysis of colonography data. Both are multidisciplinary collaborations involving researchers from a number of esteemed universities.

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Mechanical and nuclear engineering

Three “spires of excellence” drive the work of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering: medical devices, energy and functional materials.

Our researchers have developed new respiratory drug-delivery strategies where lung cancer treatments, for example, can be targeted to specific areas of the lung for greater efficiency. Energy researchers have created a technique to produce energy-efficient computing devices, which eliminate the need for battery-powered computers, and our research with self-sensing magnetoelectric actuator replaceable tips has a far-reaching impact on the future of diagnostic surgery.

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