HKUST PG Programs 2023-24 for School of Engineering

School of SCIENCE 18 Solid Mechanics and Dynamics These are two of the fundamental pillars of Mechanics research. The Department has a diverse faculty with expertise in these fields. Research activities range from applied issues to theoretical problems, and have a marked multidisciplinary nature. They involve: appl ied mathematics, sol id mechanics, nonl inear dynamics, computations, solid state physics, material science and experiments for various kinds of solid materials/ systems and mechanical behaviors. Faculty members work on problems of both static and dynamic natures with different types of evolutions. These problems also involve multi-field coupling on different scales of time and length, from micro-second to long time creep processes and from a very small carbon nanotube or a cell to macroscopic scale composite materials and electro-mechanical devices/ systems. Materials Technology Materials engineering focuses on characterizing and processing newmaterials, developing processes for controlling their properties and their economical production, generating engineering data necessary for design, and predicting the performance of products. Research topics include: smart materials, biomaterials, thin films, composites, fracture and fatigue, residual life assessment, materials issues in electronic packaging, materials recycling, plastics flow in injection molding, advanced powder processing, desktop manufacturing, and instrumentation and measurement techniques. Energy/ Thermal Fluid and Environment Engineering Research in energy, thermalfluids and environmental engineering includes fuel cells and batteries, advanced renewable energy storage systems, thermoelectric materials and devices, nanoscale heat and mass transfer, transpor t in multicomponent and multiphase systems, innovative electronics cooling systems, energy efficient buildings, and contaminant transport in indoor environments. Design and Manufacturing Automation These elements lie at the heart of mechanical engineering in which engineers conceive, design, build, and test innovative solutions to “real world” problems. Research is being conducted in the areas of geometric modeling, intelligent design and manufacturing process optimization, in-process monitoring and control of manufacturing processes, servosystem control, robotics, mechatronics, primemover system control, sensor technology and measurement techniques, and bio-medical systems design and manufacturing. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Research Foci The Department’s research concentrates on energy and environmental engineering, mechanics and materials, mechatronics and manufacturing, and aeronautical engineering. Research covers several major areas: