Current research teams are engaged in a broad array of issues related to reverse engineering of biological systems, including central pattern generator control, active tensegrity structures with integrated actuation, electro-active polymers (artificial skin/muscle), and hydrodynamics.
The Flow Simulation Research Group focuses on understanding the physics of complex flows of flying and swimming in nature by combining state-of-the-art computational methods, experimental tools, and theoretical fluid dynamics research.
Unsteady fluid dynamics, including micro- and nano-texturing coatings for self-cleaning, fluid dynamics and heat transfer of energy-storage systems, inlet aerodynamics of supersonic aircraft and inlet particle separators of helicopters, and bio-inspired morphing wind turbines
A state-of-the-art laboratory facility for optical techniques in microscale heat transfer, the lab performs experimental, computational, and theoretical investigations of thin-film thermophysical properties and interfacial thermal transport.
The RPL is a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility that provides Design, 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, and CNC machining services to our students, faculty, staff, and external clients. We welcome sponsored research projects and grant collaborations.
The Xu Research Group projects focus multiscale mechanics for functional material and device design — in particular, nanoporous materials, nanopore-functional liquid composite materials, bioinspired and biointegrated electronics and devices, soft-hard integration and adaptive soft materials.