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Engineering Research

Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering faculty conduct research that contributes to the understanding of the physical principles of matter and energy in an effort to improve the quality of life. Their work and scholarly activity includes research projects, publications and awards.

Research in the college ranges from basic needs for clean water to satellite image calibration and analysis that enable the study of global change factors that influence our water supply; from structures on the nano-scale that convert sunlight to electricity to structures on the macro-scale that allow us to build safe bridges. In addition to COE research faculty, research opportunities involve undergraduates, graduate and postdoctoral researchers. 

photo collage from prior Research Review publications
These images can be found in Research Reviews from 2013-2016

Vision, Mission, Strategies and Goals


Engineering faculty will conduct world-class research that is responsive to the needs of our state and nation.


To grow high-quality and responsive externally funded research by the College of Engineering faculty.

Strategies and Goals

Coordinate focused research that builds on current resources and moves in the direction appropriate for continued growth.

Identify research priorities and resources
  • Interface closely with SDSU VP of Research
  • Establish and use Engineering Research Council
Represent the college to external research agencies and labs
  • Attend annual ASEE research colloquium
  • Identify and build relationships with key personnel at relevant federal funding agencies and research laboratories
  • Generate annual report

Support faculty in developing competitive proposals for external funding

Administer pre-award services
  • Process routing forms
  • Review proposals
  • Help develop budgets
Provide faculty with relevant resources
  • Offer training & grants development workshops
  • Distribute seed grants
  • Maintain informative website
Recognize exceptional faculty research accomplishments
  • Track research performance
  • Assist COE Dean in annual selection of Researcher of the Year
  • Publicize achievements on website and in annual report

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Asst. ME prof. Anamika Prasad in front of CEH

Prasad first ME faculty member to receive NSF Career Award

Assistant professor Anamika Prasad is the first mechanical engineering faculty member to receive the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award.

From left, Vikas Varsney and Dhiriti Nepal of AFRL, Wright University ME student Timothy Steimle and SDSU asst. prof. Animaka Prasad standing by research poster

AFRL fellowship fuels composite materials research

Assistant mechanical engineering professor Anamika Prasad is working with the materials research group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to develop multifunctional composite materials for aerospace applications.

NSF project to analyze new battery material

Assistant professor Yue Zhou of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is leading a three-year, nearly $450,000 National Science Foundation project to determine how lithium metal improves battery performance.