Advanced Power Systems and Control Laboratory (APSCL)

Principal faculty: Dongmei Chen
The goals of APSCL are to conduct transformative research on networked, renewable energy systems; to explore innovative control strategies; and to achieve optimal system performance and broaden the research impact through technology transfer and education.

Ben-Yakar Group

Principal faculty: Adela Ben-Yakar
The Ben-Yakar Group works on laser-assisted biomedical research, including nerve regeneration, nonlinear optical imaging, plasmonic laser nano ablation and optical lithography. 

Clean Energy Technologies (CET) Group

Principal faculty: David Bogard
The CET group focuses on fuel cells, rechargeable batteries, electrochemical supercapacitors, and solar energy with an emphasis on the development of new materials; efficient manufacturing processes; system integration and control; analysis, testing and design of components at both the microscale and system levels; and analysis of off-design and transient behavior.

Energy Nanomaterials Lab (Yu Research Group)

Principal faculty: Guihua Yu
Researchers in this group work to develop next-generation, high-performance nanomaterials-based renewable energy devices through understanding and controlling their electronic, thermal, electrochemical and interface properties.

Integrated Mechanics of Processing and Composites Manufacturing Technologies (IMPACT)

Principal faculty: Tess Moon
In the IMPACT lab, researchers study materials processing and manufacturing methods to empower industry to make their processes better, greener, faster and cheaper.

Kovar Research Group

Principal faculty: Desi Kovar
The Kovar Group's research interests are in the areas of processing and microstructure/property characterization of films, nanostructured metals and ceramics, and micro-configured metals and ceramics.

Laboratory for Freeform Fabrication (LFF)

Principal faculty: Joseph Beaman
LFF seeks to develop and disseminate processes that enable exceptional improvement in the manufacture and maintenance of geometrically and functionally complex objects — from the nano- to the macro scale.

Manthiram Laboratory

Principal faculty: Arumugam Manthiram
The primary goal of this lab's research is the design and development of low-cost, efficient, long-life materials that can facilitate widespread commercialization of clean energy technologies such as rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel and solar cells.

Manufacturing and Design Lab (MAD)

Principal faculty: Richard Crawford
The MADLab endeavors to improve manufacturing and engineering design through the application of systematic design methodologies and the development of computer-based design tools.

Medical Device Laboratory

Principal faculty: Chris Rylander
The Medical Device Laboratory focuses on solving healthcare-related problems using advanced engineering design and manufacturing techniques to enhance quality of life, advance scientific knowledge, and educate the next generation of mechanical and biomedical engineers.

Nanomaterial Innovation Lab (NIL)

Principal faculty: Donglei Fan
This lab centers on bridging the fabrication of nano-functional materials with their applications by taking advantage of fundamental physical and chemical principles for innovations in biochemical sensing, single live cell stimulation and energy.

Laboratory of Quantum Materials for Sustainable Technologies

Principal faculty: Li Shi
The goal of this laboratory is to accelerate the discovery and understanding of quantum materials for device and system technologies that can contribute to a sustainable global society. The current effort is focused on electronic and quantum materials for future-generation energy-efficient devices and quantum information technologies.

Nanoscale Design & Manufacturing Laboratory (NDML)

Principal faculty: Michael Cullinan
NDML focuses on the design and implementation of processes and equipment to manufacture nanoscale materials and devices, addressing the challenge of taking nanoscale physical phenomena and turning them into practical products.

Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab (NBL)

Principal faculty: Richard Neptune
Research objectives include identifying the neuromotor and biomechanical mechanisms that contribute to locomotor impairments, applying rapid prototyping techniques to optimize orthotic and prosthetic components, and improving sports performance.

Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group

Principal faculty: Mitch Pryor and Sheldon Landsberger
The Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group is an interdisciplinary research group that aims to develop and deploy advanced robotics in hazardous environments in order to minimize risk for the human operator.

Precision Mechatronics and Control Laboratory (PMCL)

Principal faculty: Lei Zhou
PMCL focuses on exploiting the synergy between hardware design and control algorithms to create smart and high-performance mechatronic systems for emerging applications, such as manufacturing equipment, medical devices, and robots.

Rehabilitation and Neuromuscular Robotics Lab (ReNeu)

Principal faculty: Ashish Deshpande
ReNeu researchers apply robotics methodologies and technologies to analyze and understand human biomechanics as well as neuromuscular controls for assistive and rehabilitation devices to improve the quality of life for disabled and elderly population.

Rehabilitation with Insight from Robotics and Engineering Lab (REWIRE)

Principal faculty: James Sulzer
The Rewire lab pursues the development of technology to characterize the impaired sensorimotor system and transform that knowledge into novel, more effective interventions after neurological injury.


Principal faculty: Zhenghui Sha
The System Integration & Design Informatics Laboratory (SiDi Lab) is a research lab in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. The research of SiDi Lab is focused on system science and design science as well as the intersection between these two areas. The lab aims at building the decision-centric science foundations for complex systems engineering and design. Such foundations will facilitate the integration within complex systems and amplify the data-driven power in engineering design and design research.

Tehrani Group

Principal faculty: Mehran Tehrani
The Tehrani Group focuses on advanced and multifunctional composites and lies at the intersection of materials science, mechanics, and advanced manufacturing. Examples include advanced metal-carbon conductors, additively manufactured polymer composites, automated fiber placement, and graphene-based structural composites.

Texas Acoustics

An interdisciplinary environment for study and research in acoustics that spans engineering, natural sciences, and the arts.

UT Fire Research Group

Principal faculty: O.A. Ezekoye
The UT Fire Research Group investigates fire phenomena that range from small scale characterization of solid degradation and pyrolysis to impact of degradation on flame spread to compartment fire dynamics to assessment of fire losses on the community scale.

Wang Research Group

Principal faculty: Yaguo Wang
The mission of the Wang Research Group is to advance the development of clean energy by conducting multidisciplinary research in nano/micro-scale heat, training next-generation leaders, and collaborating with researchers around the globe.

Webber Energy Group

Principal faculty: Michael Webber
The Webber Energy Group addresses critical issues at the intersection of energy, technology, policy and the environment, and it brings together undergraduate, graduate and professional academic researchers from a variety of engineering, policy and scientific disciplines.

Wilson Acoustics Group

Principal faculty: Preston Wilson
The Wilson Acoustics Group undertakes primarily experimental studies in physical acoustics, bioacoustics and engineering acoustics.

Zheng Research Group

Principal faculty: Yuebing Zheng
This research group applies molecular-scale measurements and control to advance the fundamental understanding and applications of the nanoscale light-matter interactions in healthcare and energy.