Research & Development
From pioneering advances that address critical healthcare and environmental challenges to the development of anti-hacking software, FIU engineers are trailblazers in evolving engineering and computer science arenas. In 2021, numerous grants were awarded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and U.S. Army, among others.
Wall of Wind
The Wall of Wind (WOW) is a large-scale hurricane simulator capable of generating 157 mph wind speeds with rain intrusion. A $5.62 million grant was awarded to the WOW to continue as a national “Experimental Facility” to the U.S. scientific research community into late 2025. The research involved with the WOW aids in preventing massive losses of life and property during extreme natural events.
Patent producer in the nation among public universities
Globally in new utility patents issued
University patents, 44 from the College of Engineering & Computing
Systems and methods for forecasting battery state of charge (SOC)
Arif Sarwat, Asadullah Khalid, Aditya Sundararajan
Battery capacity identification is key to monitoring battery performance. The invention forecasts the State of Charge (SOC) of green energy batteries using machine learning techniques.
Boron nitride nanotube-magnesium alloy composites and manufacturing methods
Arvind Agarwal, Pranjal Nautiyal, Benjamin Peter Boesl
The use of boron nitride nanotube (BNNT)- magnesium (Mg) alloy composites and fabrication methods that promote greater thermal stability for manufacturing metal matrix composites (MMCs).
Systems and Methods for Monitoring Activity in an HDMI Network
Selcuk Uluagac, Luis C. Puche Rondon, Leonardo Babun, Kemal Akkaya, A.
Protecting individuals, businesses and governments, the invention monitors activity within a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) consumer electronics control (CEC) network and identifies suspicious activity within the network.
Optical imaging for preterm birth assessment
A system that uses light to examine the composition and structure of cervical tissue to measure preterm labor risk.
2021 Spotlight Award in support of the U.S. Army's modernization strategy
FIU researchers develop ultra-high-performance concrete to bolster aging U.S. infrastructure
The middle-of-the-night collapse of Surfside’s Champlain Towers South in 2021 spurred a recommitment across South Florida and the world to aging infrastructure. At FIU, Atorod Azizinamini, director of the Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure, and Sustainability, and a team of scientists are working to develop new solutions to make buildings and bridges safer by retrofitting rather than rebuilding them. One of these solutions is called ultra-high- performance concrete, and the research team is working to make it more accessible to builders everywhere.
U.S. Department of Labor awards professor grants on worker safety, health training
Nipesh Pradhananga, associate professor in the Moss Department of Construction Management, was awarded a total of $360,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The first grant is for Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, including COVID-19. The second grant revolves around fall prevention and protection. Target trainees include small-business employers and underserved vulnerable workers in high-hazard industries. These grants are a critical element in supporting OSHA’s role in educating workers on their rights and assisting employers with providing safe workplaces.