Engineering | Research Services

Engineering solutions

Unconventional thinking and resourceful collaboration thrive among researchers in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. What are the causes behind Alzheimer’s disease? What if carbon dioxide could be swept from the atmosphere? What if you could virtually see through your customers eyes to know what emotions they feel when looking at your product or website? Our faculty are asking and answering these questions and more.
 

We are focused on putting knowledge into action through innovative technologies with global impact on improving the quality of individual lives. Our research endeavors are use-inspired, entrepreneurial, educational and collaborative.

 
With six schools, more than 300 faculty, and more than 1,000 students engaged in research, we have a broad range of research expertise. Our key strengths and focuses are contained in our five strategic research themes: energy, health, security, sustainability and education.

Centers and labs

Our centers and labs, including three prestigious Engineering Research Centers, are working on collaborative university-industry-government solutions to societal challenges.

University initiatives

We are actively involved in many of ASU’s, enabling our researchers to collaborate freely across diverse disciplines, partner with outside organizations and industries and receive support in pursuing large grants.

Facilities

From cleanrooms and high-bay research facilities to flexible laboratories and collaborative spaces, the Fulton Schools occupy ASU’s best research facilities. 

Research themes

Education

Society needs more engineers. We are engaged in advancing the ways we educate engineering students. Our research focuses on learning methods, cognitive theory and best teaching practices, as well as integration of engineering concepts in K-12 educational programs to engage students early and educate our community about the impact that engineering has on everyday life.

Energy

The urgency to discover and deploy new forms of carbon-reducing energy technologies has become an indispensable part of our economic and environmental landscape. Our research in renewable and alternative energy sources is multifaceted with efforts in solar and photovoltaic energy, biotechnology, low/high-power energy storage, power electronics, electric power systems, batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.

Health

Our efforts range from understanding the causes behind Alzheimer’s disease and improving methods for predicting epileptic seizures to developing advanced biosensors, bioassays and lab-on-a-chip devices for clinical diagnostics. Additional areas of research exist in novel biological materials, neural engineering, biomedical informatics, drug-delivery systems, healthcare systems analysis and modeling, health monitoring devices and human rehabilitation technologies.

Security

As technology develops at a faster rate, there is a growing need to develop engineering systems to keep people and   infrastructure secure, including securing cyberspace, developing secure communications, identifying, monitoring and  reducing threats and developing self-healing systems that are resilient to attack. Our researchers are addressing issues of  national defense, homeland security, border security, cyber warfare and more—devising technology solutions as well as legal, policy and social implications.

Sustainability

The central thrust behind sustainability is the capacity of metropolitan areas to grow and prosper without destroying or depleting natural resources. Our research focuses on the dynamics of sustainable systems, including restoring and improving urban infrastructure, access to clean water and clean air, advanced construction techniques and management, environmental fluid dynamics, transportation planning, as well as geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering.