School of Engineering Departments

Research Centers
Engineering Research Centers

National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering (NCCHE)

NCCHE's mission is to foster the growth of research in computational hydroscience and engineering, which is the foundation for the development of new research and engineering tools, computational simulation models for conducting scientific research, engineering analysis and design, and environmental and ecological impact assessments in the area of natural resources (soil and water) conservation.

Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute (MMRI)

The Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute was established in 1972 by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning in an effort to coordinate mineral-related research in Mississippi. The mission of MMRI remains to provide both the public and private sectors with expertise needed to make responsible decisions regarding Mississippi's and the nation's mineral resources and environmental well-being.

Center for Advanced Infrastructure Technology (CAIT)

The primary mission of the Center is to develop and implement advanced computer simulations and remote sensing technologies for building longer lasting airfield pavements and intermodal facilities, monitoring and preserving the transportation infrastructure, and developing cost-effective procedures for improving anti-terrorism readiness, mobility through assessment and airfield suitability analysis, and security evaluations for troop and personnel deployment during emergency, humanitarian and war operations. The center will conduct research to find reliable and cost-effective solutions to the stated mission which has national importance.

Center for Community Earthquake Preparedness (CCEP)

The Center's mission is to perform structural, geotechnical, and geological research projects and to implement this research through data collection, design, construction, and field investigation activities for the benefit of targeted communities with significant seismic hazards. Center investigators will work together with and directly assist where possible the emergency management personnel, community planners, and business leaders in developing and conducting projects that will directly benefit the community, safeguarding both the local citizens and their livelihoods from the physical and economic losses sustained during earthquake events. Center projects will focus on quantifying local seismic hazards, site dynamic response properties, and structural response characteristics for critical facilities in the community, and developing and implementing cost-effective mitigation strategies.

Nano Infrastructure Research Group (NIRG)

Research interests are in micro and macro mechanics of composites materials, elasticity and fracture mechanics, computational and experimental mechanics, impacts dynamics, nano-structured materials, and repair and rehabilitation of concrete structures.

Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center

BWAC aims to address issues of spectrum through novel broadband technologies. BWAC works with industry and academic partners to pursue large-scale research programs and create new visions for the wireless industry.

Related Research Centers

National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA)

NCPA maintains basic and applied research programs in many areas of physical acoustics; provides coordination of major, multi-university research programs in the United States; serves as an advocate for physical acoustics to federal agencies and other organizations; provides significant educational opportunities for students and postdocs; and provides direct research assistance to investigators throughout the world.

National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology (NIUST)

The overall goal of the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology is to bring together academic or other research organizations to promote, conduct, and lead integrated, multidisciplinary undersea research commensurate with the directives of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Undersea Research Program (NURP).

Aeroacoustics Research Group

Aeroacoustics refers to the study of noise generated by turbulent fluid motion and by aerodynamic forces interacting with surfaces. Experimental research is conducted in state-of-the-art facilities including the Anechoic Jet Laboratory and the Tri-Sonic Wind Tunnel facility. A graduate emphasis in Aeroacoustics is offered for graduate students in Engineering Science.

Faculty Research

Multi-Function Dynamics Laboratory (MFDL): Elizabeth Ervin (

Interdisciplinary research in vibratory systems. Structural health evaluation and monitoring, experimental verification, model reduction methods, impact in flexible structures, coupled motion.

Education in Nuclear: Elizabeth Ervin (

Introduction and resources for Nuclear Engineering education. Systems and Power Plant engineering for all types of engineers.

Heterogeneous Systems Research (HEROES) Laboratory: Byunghyun Jang (

Heterogeneous high-performance, energy-efficient systems. CPU+GPU, high-level code optimization, compilers, hardware architecture, and broadly high performance parallel computing.

Sustainable Environmental and Water Resources Systems Cristiane Surbeck (

Water, soil, and air are under threat from various pollution sources. Research in environmental and water resources engineering includes investigations of pollutant behavior and development of pollutant controls. Principles of sustainability are used to consider benefits to society and the economy while cleaning the environment.