Norma Alcantar

Norma Alcantar, Associate Dean for Research

The University of South Florida (USF) is continuing its exciting research agenda and addressing the world’s most pressing problems in these challenging times. USF's annual research expenditures have exceeded a half-billion dollars in recent years and the College of Engineering has played a vital role in contributing to the university’s research enterprise both in terms of research expenditures and the intellectual contributions of its faculty, researchers and students.

The College of Engineering currently has more than 190 faculty and researchers conducting research in its seven departments and 11 centers. The College's 11 research centers have garnered national and international recognition, including the outstanding contributions of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and the Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). With its tens of millions of dollars in annual, externally funded research expenditures, the College's faculty, researchers and students have made remarkable economic, societal, and intellectual contributions (The published works of the faculty alone have been cited more than 100,000 times in prominent citation databases such as Scopus®.). With emerging challenges facing societies throughout the world, and an ambitious plan for research expansion to address these challenges at the University and College levels, the College of Engineering's research enterprise continues to be poised for unprecedented growth and impact.

Major Areas of Research

Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

chemical engineering research

Synfuels Production Process and Design | Biofluidics | Nanotechnology | Electrochemistry
Supercritical Fluids | Fuel Cells | Smart Materials |Hydrogen Production and Storage |Drug and Gene Delivery| Surface Science and Technology |Advanced Materials|Engineering Materials Corrosion|Neuroengineering

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

civil engineering research

Structural Engineering | Environmental Engineering | Sustainability | Materials | Water Resources|Transportation Engineering | Geoenvironmental Systems |Engineering Mechanics | Geotechnics

Department of Computer Science & Engineering

computer science research

Computer Vision | Algorithms Graphics | Networks Bioinformatics | Distributed Systems
Computer Security | VLSI Design | Image Processing|Databases|Robotics | Artificial Intelligence|Pattern Recognition | Computer Architecture

Department of Electrical Engineering

electrical engineering research

Precision Navigation | Small Satellites and Mission Design | Guidance Navigation and Control | Circuits |Aerospace Engineering | Materials | Nano Electronics |Bioengineering | Networking   | RF Microwave EM | Energy Power | Communications | Biomedical Systems | Systems Controls | Signal Processing | MEMS | VLSI | Clean Energy | Sustainability

Department of Industrial & Management Systems Engineering

industrial engineering reserach

Health Care Systems  |  Disease Diagnosis and Prevention | Smart Electricity Grids  |  Additive Manufacturing | Natural Resources | Sustainability of Critical Infrastructure | Analytics and Decision Support | Education Innovation | Resource Allocation and Utilization | Transportation | Logistics and Inventory

Department of Mechanical Engineering

mechanical engineering research

Robotics | MEMS | Composite Materials | Clean Energy Technologies | Compliant Mechanisms |Biomedical and Tissues Engineering | Sustainable Design | Heat Transfer and Thermo Fluids| Biosensors and Biofluids | Nano Materials and Manufacturing |Engineering Education  Research|Rehabilitation Engineering | System Dynamics and Vibrations

Department of Medical Engineering

students in lab

Nanomedicine | Cardiovascular Sciences | Hearing-Impaired Systems | Nanowire-based Imaging |Medical Diagnostic Systems | Biomedical Instrumentation and Imaging Techniques | Micropumps for Localized Drug Delivery | Oncology Biomedical Engineering | Novel Biomedical Imaging Systems |Brain Signals and Neuroplasticity| Vascular Surgery Device Development