Benefiting Students by Continuing to Build Long-Term Relations With Industry
The Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (Maseeh College) has developed excellent working relationships with local companies. A major driver of these relationships is the involvement of senior corporate engineers in our research laboratories and in the classroom. Research projects at Maseeh College are focused on being regionally relevant and nationally significant.
Emerging research growth areas at Maseeh College include, but are not limited to:
Solar energy systems: PSU students and faculty are investigating more efficient ways to manufacture photovoltaic devices (solar cells). This focus on production methods will enhance competitiveness of local industry.
Computer security: The Department of Computer Science certification (2003) as a National Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance, lays the groundwork for PSU to play a major role in developing new methodologies and technologies to improve our nation's security.
Integrated circuits (IC) testing: The ECE department's state-of-the-art Integrated Circuits Design and Test Laboratory drives down the high cost of chip testing for the semiconductor industry.
Earthquake simulation and testing: The infraStructure Testing and Applied Research (iSTAR) Laboratory, part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has become an important center for testing designs for earthquake-resistant structures.
Electronic packaging: The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering educational and research program in electronics packaging was designed to better serve the electronics industry. The program draws on interdisciplinary faculty expertise, and students combine materials science, heat transfer, and manufacturing processes to solve problems of immediate importance. Ever-growing issues of electronic cooling are investigated with sophisticated measurements and experiments in the Thermal Management Laboratory.
Terahertz Imaging: The Northwest Acoustics & Electromagnetics Research Laboratory (NEAR-Lab, http://nearlab.ece.pdx.edu/) has a new imaging facility with a state-of-art terahertz (THz) time domain spectrometer and a swept frequency vector network analyzer in the low THz regime. This equipment compliments modeling and analysis research for a variety of applications including detection of explosive devices, medical imaging (collaborative with OHSU), and THz nanotechnology.
Transportation planning aided by rich information-databases: The Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory (ITS): has partnered with state and regional transportation agencies to improve transportation system computer modeling, computer-aided design, and traffic-demand forecasting. As a data archiver of the Oregon Department of Transportation's (ODOT) advanced transportation management system, ITS has been a first user and evaluator of this rich database to work on projects such as improved traffic signal systems. Under the direction of Robert Bertini , the lab's resources provide students and faculty with a real-time look at the area's freeway and road system, as well as transit operations via a closed-circuit fiber-optics network linked to ODOT, the city of Portland, and TriMet, the regional transit agency.
Underwater Acoustics: The Northwest Acoustics & Electromagnetics Research Laboratory (NEAR-Lab, http://nearlab.ece.pdx.edu/) has active research in many areas of underwater acoustics including environmental sensing, ocean bottom sediment characterization, marine mammal localization, ocean noise and vessel tracking, and Navy sonar system development.