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Research & Innovation

Our strategic approach to research involves innovating across the disciplines; stimulating creativity through risk-tolerant environments; deep partnerships with industry, federal agencies, and labs; and building interdisciplinary, collaborative “preeminent teams” in research areas with the greatest potential for world-changing impact. We are seeking solutions from virtually every corner of campus. From implantable networks for medical treatment to quantum photonics that lead us toward more powerful computers, we are committed to tomorrow's success.

Featured Faculty

Research led by Gary Cheng, associate professor of industrial engineering, is breaking new ground in nanomanufacturing. Central to his work is the use of a pulsing laser to induce a shockwave inside a multilayered film topped with a glass sheet. In the latest results, researchers showed how to create large patterns of three-dimensional nanoshapes from metal sheets. The concept represents a potential manufacturing approach to inexpensive mass production of plasmonic metamaterials for advanced technologies.