Materials & Fluids Research

Perpetual earth

NASA Perpetual Ocean


Nearly every modern industrial technology increasingly depends on optimizing the materials used to build our chips, batteries, wires,  pharmaceuticals and medical devices, fuels, and alternate energy sources, to name just a few. At the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, faculty are advancing a number of engineering solutions in these areas. Faculty in multiple departments are leading efforts in nanoparticle-based materials and drugs, along with parallel efforts to exploit the electrical and magnetic properties of materials in biomedical devices and therapies. On larger scales, multi-physical approaches are applied to complex materials such as cements, clays, rock, and soils.


The behavior of liquids and gases and their interaction with other  
fluids and solids is a multi-disciplinary area of research central to  
much of science and engineering, which impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. Research on fluids is critical in biomedical engineering, medicine, energy, transportation, manufacturing, defense, and security. Cooper faculty, collaborators, and students work on leading-edge projects in several of these technology areas, including flow patterns related to sleep apnea, the interaction of blood flow and therapeutic agents, and the airflow in operating room settings. On larger scales, flow and control of aircraft and drones are modeled while improved designs for autonomous aquatic vehicles are developed, modeled, and tested with the aim of improving their efficiency, monitoring, and data-assimilation capabilities. 

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