The College of Engineering hosts a wide range of world-class research laboratories, centers and partnerships that can be leveraged for future funding opportunities. The following list identifies the most significant of these resources.
The Electromechanical Systems Lab is comprised of four rooms (an instructional lab, an undergraduate lab, a graduate lab and a utility room) totaling 3,050 square feet. Research projects include the design of various machine drives for DC and 3-phase AC induction motors and the design of AC-AC voltage-to-voltage converters for use in low voltage distribution substations.
The AME Production Lab is a teaching laboratory primarily focused on the needs of the Architecture, Construction and Operations Management and Mechanical Engineering departments. In addition to supporting student learning activities, the shops provide custom fabrication, machining and welding, product design and manufacturability consulting and project support for entrepreneurs.
The Biofuels Research Laboratory is located in Crothers Engineering Hall. The primary objectives of the Biofuels lab are to (1) assess and optimize the pathways of producing liquid, gaseous and solid biofuels and value-added bioproducts via thermochemical conversion, (2) assess biomass feedstocks of interest for creating bioproducts and (3) evaluate the created biofuels and bioproducts, with the overarching goal of developing technologies for advancing the bioeconomy.
The Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, located in Crothers Engineering Hall, contains an open-channel/wave mechanics flume, a pipe circuit apparatus, a portable tilting flume and a hydraulic bench with several devices to demonstrate the principles of energy, momentum and other flow phenomena. There is also a small teaching laboratory on the second floor.
The Image Processing Lab focuses on satellite radiometry of Landsat and other satellite systems. Radiometric calibration of satellites involves characterization and correction of systematic degradations affecting imagery, allowing users to extract more information from remotely sensed data.
The J. Lohr Structures Laboratory, covering 4,000 square feet, is a high-bay, strong-floor structural testing facility configured to accommodate large- and full-scale test specimens in the fields of structural engineering, mechanical engineering and materials.
The Materials Evaluation and Testing Lab (METLAB) focuses on research, analysis and development of materials, testing equipment and techniques. The lab's research reaches beyond SDSU to the state of South Dakota and the Upper Midwest.
The Micro-Nano Materials and Fabrication Labs include over 1,500 square feet of clean-room space rated from class 10,000 to class 100. These facilities are used for the fabrication of nanosensors, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), surface acoustic wave (SAW) microsensors and piezoelectric sensors.
The Organic Electronics Lab is equipped with facilities for material synthesis and device fabrication. Work in this lab focuses on the development of organic semiconductors and their applications in organic photovoltaic cells and other related devices.
The Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Lab, located in Solberg Hall, focuses on the needs of immersive visualization in Architecture, Construction Management and Civil Engineering for both teaching and research. The lab is equipped with several high-performance workstations and laptop computers and a variety of the latest Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) devices to create, process and visualize 3D models. (Contact the faculty researcher)
Additional engineering research laboratories are listed below:
- Bituminous Lab
- Concrete Lab
- Dynamic Systems Lab
- Geotechnical Engineering Lab
- HDR Environmental Lab
- Measurement and Instrumentation Lab
- Midcontinent Communications Fiber Optics Lab
- Structural Materials Lab
- Thermo-fluids Lab
The Center for Advanced Photovoltaics is a premiere research cluster in support of South Dakota's focus on alternative energy. The goal of this program is to develop and commercialize new PV devices and systems that provide cost-effective solutions for the nation's short- and long-term energy needs.
The Center for Power System Studies (CPSS), an established center at SDSU since 1968, facilitates the interaction of industry, students, and faculty through a process that benefits electrical service providers and contributes to continued economic development.
The Center for Bioprocessing Research and Development is a collaborative effort between SDSU and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. CBRD's focus is on research that leads to new technologies for processing plant-derived lignocellulose materials into biomaterials such as ethanol and key building block chemicals. It is anticipated that these efforts will reduce the nation's dependence on petroleum and lower the production of greenhouse gases.
The Center for Light Activated Materials connects researchers from the fields of chemistry, physiology and physics in innovative technologies that range from bioadhesives to alternative energy. The unifying theme to the research is the use of light to propel chemical and physical processes. A collaboration between industry, SDSU and the University of South Dakota, the CRDLM is located at the Graduate Education and Applied Research Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
The SD Wind Application Center promotes wind energy through project development and education. The Center conducts ongoing research through the Wind Resource Assessment Network, a network of 11 instrument stations positioned throughout South Dakota.
The Water and Environmental Engineering Research Center conducts education, outreach and research activities that focus on engineering solutions to water resources and environmental problems. These projects often involve collaboration with other SDSU departments or off-campus units.
SDSU faculty are currently working collaboratively with the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment at the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL). Engineering support is provided for the Center for Ultralow Background Experiments at DUSEL (CUBED), including purification techniques for germanium crystals such as zone refining. Virtual DUSEL is a collaborative effort between Dakota State University and South Dakota State University and is part of the Sanford Center for Science Education.
The Institute for STEM Education Enhancement strives to enhance SDSU's competitiveness for STEM grant awards by promoting, conducting, and advancing research toward the discovery, understanding, and application of best practices in STEM education. The ISEE provides researchers with support for the broader impact and outreach components of their STEM grants.
The Mountain-Plains Consortium is a regional effort to conduct research and training on transportation infrastructure and the movement of passengers and freight. SDSU is one of five universities in the Consortium.
The Photo Active Nanoscale Systems (PANS) Research Group includes over forty faculty, research staff, graduate and undergraduate students from Augustana College, Black Hills State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota. Project participants are creating new devices in the area of photo-active nanoscale systems and will address research challenges associated with photovoltaics and solar energy, directwrite electronics and the use of nanostructured materials for converting solar energy into chemical fuels.
The South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC), which was started in 1991, seeks to expand education, research and public service in the fields of aerospace, earth and space science. Institutional membership in the SDSGC comprises SDSU, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Augustana College, the EROS Data Center, the SD Discovery Center and numerous other affiliates.
South Dakota View is a consortium of educational institutions, government agencies and private sector organizations in South Dakota with a common goal of building partnerships and infrastructure to facilitate the availability, timely distribution and utilization of remotely sensed data. SDView is a charter member of AmericaView, a nationwide program that focuses on satellite remote sensing data and technologies in support of applied research, K-16 education, workforce development and technology transfer.
The South Dakota Water Resource Institute, a federal-state partnership, provides leadership in coordinating research and training on water resources in South Dakota. The Institute focuses on resolving state and regional water problems through research, technology transfer and application.
The South Dakota Wind Energy Association supports the development of wind energy as a sustainable, economic and environmentally friendly resource for all of South Dakota. The Association is a forum for exchanging ideas about wind development and providing accurate, reliable information for state leaders and citizens on a variety of issues related to wind energy.
SDSU is a member of the United States Green Building Council via support and outreach initiatives by the Construction and Operations Management Department. USGBC is a "non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings." They are the purveyor of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system and professional accreditation (LEED-AP). The COM department collaborates on the annual Plain Green Conference, offers a preparatory course for the LEED-AP each year, and links to consultants on Green Building Certification for LEED-certified building projects.