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Research Areas by Department

KU Engineering faculty, students and researchers work together to find solutions to challenging problems and create new possibilities. Undergraduate students in every engineering discipline have access to state-of-art laboratories and facilities with world-class faculty the day they arrive on campus. Explore the research areas at the School of Engineering, ranging from traditional disciplines to cross-disciplinary research endeavors.

Aerospace Engineering

KU aerospace engineering is recognized as a leader in unmanned aerial systems, computational fluid dynamics, composite and adaptive structures, and robotics and control.

Students working on a drone


From cancer treatment and tissue engineering to improved drug delivery and concussion testing, KU’s Bioengineering offers to find cures, promote well-being, and build healthy communities in the areas of Biomedical Product Design and Development, Biomechanics and Neural Engineering, Computational Bioengineering, Bioimaging, Biomolecular Engineering and Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.

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Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

Improving methods for drug delivery. Enhancing oil recovery techniques. Creating safer, more environmentally friendly plastics. Developing energy-efficient, long-life batteries as an alternative to traditional power sources. Catalysis and Process Optimization. These are among the research areas where KU chemical and petroleum engineering has developed a reputation as a national leader.

Students working in the lab

Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering

KU’s broad-ranging expertise in civil, environmental and architectural engineering covers areas from power systems, lighting, materials science, air quality, rapid bridge replacement techniques, sustainable development and construction, construction safety, geosynthetics, traffic engineering, water resources – including groundwater, water quality, environmental science and wastewater systems, rein

Students performing an experiment

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

KU EECS is a nationally recognized leader in cybersecurity, radar systems and remote sensing, RF systems engineering, signal processing, wireless communications, big data, computer networking, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

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Engineering Physics

Engineering Physics at KU is one of only 22 ABET-accredited engineering physics programs in the country. Research opportunities include understanding the constituents of dark matter and dark energy, developing and testing new cosmological theories for the origin and fate of the universe, and computationally modeling the black holes at the center of galaxies.

Large outdoor Tesla coil

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering at KU is recognized for research in applied mechanics, advanced materials, biomaterials, biomechanics, emerging transportation technologies, control dynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer and nano-materials.

Steven Soper's "Lab on a Chip" for at home COVID testing