Research Labs

Computational Solid Mechanics LabComputational Solid Mechanics (CSM) Lab

Research in the area of high-rate massive deformation loading of materials in extreme conditions such as blast, penetration, and contact damage.  

Center of Excellence for Biomedical MicrofluidicsCenter of Excellence for Biomedical Microfluidics

The Center is dedicated to the discovery, understanding, development and commercialization of microscale and MEMS devices for application to biological, biomedical, and medical problems.


Environmental Fluid Dynamics Lab

The work done at the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at the University of Utah attempts to further the understanding of fluid flow phenomena in the natural world. To this end, the laboratory employs a variety of state of the art scientific investigation techniques including: large scale field measurements (both Urban and Rural), numerical modeling and simulation and laboratory scale measurements.

Ergonomics & Safety Lab

The Ergonomics and Safety program at the University of Utah is a multidisciplinary program integrating the efforts of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Medicine, and Bioengineering.    

Haptics & Embedded Mechatronics LabHaptics & Embedded Mechatronics Lab

Research related to haptics, tactile sensing and feedback, telesurgery, climbing robots, and manufacturing of multi-functional structures.

Head Injury & Vessel Biomechanics LabHead Injury & Vessel Biomechanics Lab

Research in our laboratory is primarily motivated by a desire to mitigate the significance of traumatic brain injury. Head trauma commonly results in injury to both neural and vascular tissue. Our group focuses on better describing the mechanical environment of the cerebral blood vessels during trauma as well as their response to these forces. Expertise in blood vessel testing techniques has also led to a number of collaborations addressing other medical problems and challenges, including diseases associated with pre-term birth and the delivery of drugs across the blood-brain barrier.

Integrated Self-powered Sensing Lab

In the ISS lab we’re interested in wireless sensing systems that harvest their own power allowing sensors and sensing systems to operate battery-free and completely untethered. Advances in micro-sensors (MEMS) and low power wireless communication have opened up the potential for smart spaces in which wireless sensors continuously monitor their environment and communicate that information. Examples include: implanted bio-sensors, bridges and large infrastructure, agricultural environments, planes, trains, and automobiles, and even the earth itself. However, the need to periodically replace batteries severely limits the deployment of wireless sensors. In the ISS lab we are dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of methods to harness energy from ambient sources to power wireless communications and sensors. These include vibrations, motion, human movement, and acoustics. We work on generators at both the micro- and macro- scale to depending on the application.

MNTELMicro/Nanoscale Energy Transport and Conversion Lab

Our research interests are to understand fundamental physics of energy interactions and conversions at the micro/nanoscale and (2) to apply the obtained fundamental knowledge to various engineering applications, including tip-based nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy, renewable energy harvesting in various scales, manufacturing of micro/nanoscale devices and structures, and nanoscale thermal metrology. The nature of our research is highly multidisciplinary across diverse disciplines in a good balance between experimental and theoretical studies.

Nanofab Laboratory
Nanofab Lab

This site describes the basis for a substantial investment, an infrastruture seed investment of $25M within USTAR followed by a staged Utah Nano Initiative, into Utah’s competitiveness nationally and world-wide within the discipline of nanotechnology, including existing areas of U of U Nano Research.

Nano InstituteNano Institute

The Nano Institute of Utah provides an organization wherein scientists, engineers and clinicians from across the University, the State and elsewhere work together to attain global recognition by conquering interdisciplinary challenges in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The Institute enables Utah researchers from disciplines such as chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, medicine, and pharmacy to create synergistic alliances to drive higher levels of collaborative research, education and commercialization.

Composite-RaeymaekersNano-tribology & Precision Engineering Lab

Our research currently focuses on the following topics: 1) Friction and wear of orthopedic implant bearing surfaces, and bio-inspired design of prosthetic joints, 2) Design of precision surgical tools, 3) Surface micro- and nanotexturing, 4) Atomic-scale wear and deformation of ultra-thin coatings, 5) Ultrasound manipulation and alignment of micro- and nanostructures.

Pediatric Injury Biomechanics LabPediatric Injury Biomechanics Lab

Our research utilizes the principals and tools of mechanical engineering to understand the biomechanics and develop injury tolerances for head and eye injury in children. We hope to provide data that will lead to better identification of injury in children, improve injury prevention programs, and assist in the development of traumatic brain injury treatments specific to children.

Radiative Energy Transfer Lab

The mission of the Radiative Energy Transfer Lab is twofold. Our first objective is to provide to the scientific community a fundamental understanding of radiative transfer at nanoscale. Our second objective is to bridge the fundamental physical concepts and the engineering applications by developing cutting-edge radiation-based devices in diverse areas such as energy conversion. Current applications of interests include photovoltaic and thermophotovoltaic power generation, design of materials with unique radiative properties and optical characterization of nanostructures.

Telerobtics LabTelerobotics Lab

The Telerobotics Lab focuses on remote manipulation using robotic technology. Topics of interest include magnetic control of wireless medical robots, human teleoperation of robotic devices, and design of novel haptic interfaces.