Mechanical Engineering

Research Labs and Facilities

Center for Rotating Machinery



Dynamics and Control









The Center's mission is to serve as a catalyst for interaction with industry and federal research sponsors, foster collaborations with researchers from other disciplines, and attract outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral visitors, and faculty in machine dynamics and control.

Dynamics and Control of Structures, Mechatronic Systems, Structural Health Monitoring, Active Magnetic Bearings, Robust Control, Model Validation, Robust Fault Detection, Rotordynamics, Lubrication, Design of Machine Components.

Control, Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory (CRM)

Director:  Dr. Hanz Richter

Picture and link for the Control, Robotics and Mechatronics LaboratoryThe lab is dedicated to theoretical and applied research in the broad areas of control, robotics and mechatronics. Projects always comprise all stages of the control engineering cycle, from theoretical development to practical demonstrations, including modeling and simulation.





Experimental Flow Control and Wind Energy Laboratory


The laboratory of Experimental Flow Control and Wind Energy aims at conducting creative research activities and providing excellent opportunities for students in thermal/fluids and energy systems. We pursue fundamental experimental research on a variety of challenging topics in fluid mechanics and mass/heat transport areas, including turbulent boundary‐layer flows, laminar‐turbulent transition, vortex dynamics etc.. Advanced thermal and flow measurement techniques, in particular planar and volumetric Particle Image Velocimetry are the major tools to quantify the turbulent flow structure of different length and time scales. In addition, we closely work with numerical modelers to acquire Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) validation-quality data sets and develop feasible models for mechanical, aeronautical, civil and environmental applications.

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The Human Motion and Control Laboratory group was founded in 2012 when Ton van den Bogert was hired as the Parker-Hannifin Endowed Chair in Human Motion and Control in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. This led to the creation of the Parker Hannifin Human Motion and Control Laboratory which has state of the art equipment for measurement and study of human motion (primarily gait in walking and running).





Mechanics and Control of Living Systems Laboratory (MCLS)


The Mechanics and Control of Living Systems (MCLS) Laboratory focuses on two areas related to human biomechanics.  Dr. Jason Halloran's research includes studying two important areas of human mechanics, 1. healthy and diseased  structural response of knees and 2. the dynamics of peripheral axons.  Dr. Eric Schearer focuses on restoration of every-day function to people with high cervical spinal cord injuries by using functional electrical stimulation. 

Mechanics and Control of Living Systems Laboratory