Research Archive


James Bunnell, a computer engineering senior, working on machine learning research

Fast Track to Machine Learning Research via MESA

Senior James Bunnell will have co-published five scientific papers when he graduates in the fall with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering.

By  Delaney Weidner and Padma Nagappan | Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Civil engineering professor Reza Akhavian will work on improving worker safety in construction zones.

Improving the Nexus of Mind, Machine and Motor in Construction Robotics

Dr. Reza Akhavian, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering received a prestigious NSF CAREER award to improve coordination between construction workers and robots.

By Padma Nagappan | Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Four San Diego State University research teams will focus on transborder research and development, leveraging SDSU Imperial Valley’s presence in Calexico and Brawley, two hours east of San Diego.

Big Ideas for Transborder Solutions

Four ideas aim to address rural infrastructure, Imperial County health and environmental issues, transboundary water, and advancing 3D printing.

By Padma Nagappan | Wednesday, March 24, 2021

An artist’s conception of an urban air mobility environment

Designing a Rideshare for the Sky

SDSU Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department Chair and Professor, Dr. Chris Mi, will work with UC San Diego on a NASA funded project to bring futuristic electric air taxis closer to reality.

By Padma Nagappan | Thursday, March 18, 2021

Closeup image of cancer cells

Insights on Metastatic Cancer and How Cells Migrate

SDSU and UC San Diego bioengineers pinpoint a key factor that allows cancer cells to spread. The finding could help discover a way to make them stay put.

By Padma Nagappan | Thursday, March 11, 2021

Drone hovering in air in front of sunset

Drones that Can Calculate, Communicate and Solve Complex Problems

Dr. Junfei Xie, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, received a National Science Foundation CAREER award to develop a flying cloud computing system in the air.

By Padma Nagappan | Monday, March 8, 2021

Students from the research groups of Matthew Verbyla and Natalie Mladenov

Dr. Matthew Verbyla & Lorelay Mendoza Publish Paper in Environmental Engineering Science Journal

Dr. Matthew Verbyla (Environmental Eng.) and Lorelay Mendoza (B.S. Environmental Eng., class of 2019) recently published a paper in Environmental Engineering Science journal entitled Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century: Increasing Diversity and Community Participation to Achieve Environmental and Social Justice.

By Dr. Matthew Verbyla & Lorelay Mendoza | Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Person in car being tested for COVID-19

Public Trust in Science on the Rise during COVID-19 Pandemic

With such extensive impacts, COVID-19 awareness and understanding among the public has increased, while skepticism declined. SDSU scientists weigh in on the shift.

By Padma Nagappan | Tuesday, October 27, 2020

COVID virus with caption "COVID-19 Research"

Tackling Coronavirus From Every Angle

Faculty from all seven of SDSU's colleges have rose to the occasion during the global COVID-19 pandemic. In dozens of projects - totaling more than $8.6 million in funding - researchers are analyzing how COVID-19 operates and spreads, how the pandemic affects our mental health and how communities are coping in the midst of crisis.

By SDSU Research & Innovation | Monday, October 12, 2020

Masters and Doctoral students working on research

$1.5 Million in Research Stipends for High Achieving Masters and Doctoral Students

These fellowships supplement external funding to support 80 highly accomplished research scholars.

By Padma Nagappan | Tuesday, September 1, 2020

New Fall 2020 Professors

Welcome to Our New College of Engineering Faculty

We are proud to welcome for Fall 2020: Dr. Margherita Capriotti, in Aerospace Engineering, and Dr. Zahra Nili Ahmadabadi & Dr. Elisa Torresani in Mechanical Engineering.

By College of Engineering | Monday, August 24, 2020

Eugene Olevsky, dean of SDSU’s College of Engineering, and Maricruz Carrillo.

CSU Doctoral Program Finds Potential in Engineering Grad

SDSU’s Maricruz Carrillo, who previously earned a major NSF award, is among the 2020-21 cohort of a program to prepare students for an academic career.

By Lainie Fraser | Monday, July 13, 2020

College of Engineering dean, Dr. Olevsky

Dean Eugene Olevsky: Engineering Higher Aspirations

Dean Olevsky, a native of Ukraine, has made a mark after two years as Dean of one of SDSU’s most innovative colleges, setting the bar high for its Engineering faculty and students.

By Padma Nagappan | Monday, June 29, 2020

Doctoral student, Maricruz Carillo, recieving award

Inquiring Minds: Student Researchers Shine at CSU Competition

SDSU’s top student researchers placed in three categories at the statewide competition, held this year in a virtual setting. Maricruz Carrillo, a second-year doctoral student, placed first in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering category for her research on bone replacement techniques using ceramic materials and 3D printing.

By Padma Nagappan | Wednesday, June 10, 2020

President Adela de la Torre giving interview

Fireside Charla with President de la Torre: Engineering Research at SDSU

For this episode of Fireside Charla, President de la Torre interviews three of the top SDSU's Engineering researchers: Dean Eugene Olevsky, Dr. Samuel Kassegne (Professor, Mechanical Engineering), and Dr. Mahasweta Sarkar (Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering).

By President de la Torre | Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Graph showing strain rate per second

What's the Sweetest, Crispiest Way to Stay Safe in a Car Crash?

The research of Dr. Julio Valdes, Professor, SDSU Dept. of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, has been featured in the New York Times.

By Randall Munroe, New York Times | Monday, May 11, 2020

Kevin Wood working on ventilator

Dr. Kevin Wood Develops COVID-19 Ventilator Prototype

In just nine days, SDSU College of Engineering, Assistant Professor Kevin Wood and his Interface Design Lab team have designed and built a ventilator that may be able to be mass produced and supplied quickly to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

By College of Engineering | Saturday, April 4, 2020

Lorelay Mendoza holding submersible sensor

Submersible Sensors Rapidly Detect Bacterial Pollution in Water

Dr. Natalie Mladenov, Associate Professor, SDSU Environmental Engineering, and former undergraduate Engineering student, Lorelay Mendoza, use a portable submersible fluorometer which can alert authorities to contamination after a storm by looking for an improbable marker: tryptophan.

By Padma Nagappan | Friday, March 27, 2020

Dr. Kinoshita standing with students

Engineering Professor Alicia Kinoshita Appointed SDSU Director of Undergraduate Research

Dr. Alicia Kinoshita, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, has been appointed SDSU Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. As part of the strategic initiative to foster student success, Dr. Kinoshita will support and advance critical undergraduate experiences.

By SDSU Office of Research Affairs | Thursday, February 27, 2020

Dr. Kinoshita doing research in the field

Understanding Urban Wildfire

Dr. Alicia Kinoshita, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, studies how fire alters landscapes and impacts urban environments.

By Kellie Woodhouse and Scott Hargrove | Thursday, December 12, 2019

People posed in front of the LGBT Center

Urban Water Group (UWG) works with The San Diego LGBT Community Center

Assistant Professor Hassan Tavakol's Urban Water Group (UWG) has worked with The San Diego LGBT Community Center on a pro-bono research activity to help the Center with their seasonal flooding occurrences.

By Dr. Hassan Tavakol | Monday, December 2, 2019

Dr. Kassegne and student holding device

Brain Implant Electrode Material Shows MRI Compatibility

An alternative electrode material for brain implants has been shown to be MRI compatible and more durable compared to metal implants.

By The Engineer | Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Being 737 Max

What Caused Boeing's 737 Max Crashes

Dr. Joseph Katz, SDSU Aerospace Engineering Professor, has spent more than 30 years studying airplane crash reports and provides his analysis on what caused Boeing's 737 Max crashes.

By Padma Nagappan | Thursday, October 24, 2019

Dr. Camacho on the News

SDG&E Wildfire Power Shutoffs

Dr. Joaquin Camacho, Assistant Professor, ME Department, was interviewed to discuss SDG&E's wildfire power shutoffs. Dr. Camacho works on combustion and energy efficiency in manufacturing which provides a unique background for this new California dilemma.

By NBC 7's Llarisa Abreu | Thursday, October 24, 2019

Students clean up Alvarado Creek

'Outdoor Lab' Fuels Critical Environmental Research and Sparks Student Passion

SDSU Engineering students and faculty are advancing wildfire, water and flora research at Alvarado Creek.

By Kellie Woodhouse | Thursday, October 10, 2019

Various robots placed on a tabletop

Using Robots to Target Parkinson's Disease

KPBS covers an SDSU robotics lab, led by Dr. Peiman Mousavi, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering,  that studies the gap in communications between brain and muscles in an effort to help improve muscle control in seniors with Parkinson's disease.

By Shalina Chatiani | Monday, July 8, 2019

Dr. Christopher Paolini and students

Dr. Christopher Paolini Awarded Summer Research Fellowship at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Christopher Paolini, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded a 10-week summer research fellowship for himself and four SDSU students at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

By Dr. Christopher Paolini | Monday, June 3, 2019

Wireless power transfer system

New System Delivers Power Wirelessly to Multiple Devices

Novel repeater units and a clever layout of ferrite plates helps this new wireless power transfer system simultaneously deliver power to 10 devices. This new design was developed by Dr. Chris Mi, Professor & Chair, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept. and his colleagues.

By Michelle Hampson, IEEE | Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Picture of Brazilian forest area

Brazil Program Spawns NSF Grants for Environmental Research

The Brazil Program has supported Environmental Engineering, Assistant Professor, Dr. Matthew Verbyla's successful efforts to secure a 3-year, $300K NSF Grant for SDSU student and faculty research in Brazil's southeastern state of Minas Gerais. 

By Coleen L. Geraghty | Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Two students working on a rocket

The History of SDSU Research: 2000-Present

As SDSU entered the new millennium, it continued to reach for the stars.

By SDSU News Team | Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Carbon-based neural probe

CSNE Members at SDSU and University of Washington Publish in Nature Scientific Reports

Paper from the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) members at SDSU and University of Washington presents new, carbon-based neural probe capable of simultaneous electrical stimulation/recording of neural activity and detection of neurotransmitters.

By CSNE Members | Thursday, May 3, 2018

Professors sitting at round conference table

Warfare Centers Tap Universities for Research Collaboration

Naval Surface Warfare Center Headquarters Chief Technology Officer and Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) Program Director, Kirk Jenne, briefed students, faculty and staff at SDSU on the NEEC program and educational partnerships with the Navy.

By Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (dvids) Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Boat on San Diego River

Stewards of the San Diego River

SDSU researchers are teaming up to protect the health of the river and mitigate flooding.

By Michael Price Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Satellite in space with sky and clouds in background

Material Engineering in the Final Frontier

SDSU Engineer, Dr. Randall German, Professor Emeritus, SDSU Mechanical Engineering Department, is sending experiments to the International Space Station to improve fabrication techniques in space.

By Michael Price Thursday, March 20, 2018

EIS Complex with Collaborate Sign out front

Morse Code and an MRI

SDSU's dazzling new EIS Complex.

By SDSU Alumni | Wednesday, February 07, 2018

New EIS Complex

New EIS Complex Highlights Collaboration

The new, cooperatively focused Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex kicks off a new era of scientific and engineering collaboration at SDSU.

By Michael Price Thursday, January 11, 2018

Close up of drill bit

A Flash Forward for Manufacturing Technology

SDSU Engineers have introduced a breakthrough for a manufacturing technique called sintering.

By Michael Price | Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Three students teaching to a class of 5th of graders

International Research Experience for Environmental Engineering Students

Every summer for the last three years, Dr. Natalie Mladenov, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering has been leading a National Science Foundation funded International Research Experience for Students (IRES) project in South Africa on agricultural water reuse systems at the food-energy-water nexus.

By College of Engineering | Friday, December 15, 2017

Allison Langley and Jennifer Langley

She's Got Something Unique

SDSU Computer Engineering student, Allison Langley, developed a skin cancer detection app.

By Tobin Vaughn | Friday, December 1, 2017

Laura Sandoval student

From Maintaining Machines to Restoring Limb Function

SDSU Engineering student and Navy veteran, Laura Sandoval, is helping people with spinal cord injuries to regain the use of their arms and legs.

By Michael Price | Thursday, November 9, 2017

Portrait of two scientists looking through telescope

Celebrating 120 Years of SDSU Science and Research

For a dozen decades, the University's faculty and students have exceeded expectations. 

By Mike Price | Thursday, September 14, 2017

Portrait of Dr Mahasweta Sarkar

Creating Alternative Communication Highways

Dr. Mahasweta Sarkar is on a mission to create life-changing connections. The SDSU Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is investigating whether biosensors implanted in the brain could transmit signals wirelessly to paralyzed arms in individuals with spinal cord injuries. 

By Katie White | Thursday, August 3, 2017 

Electrodes made out of glassy carbon.

Big Improvements to Brain-Computer Interface

Newly developed “glassy carbon” electrodes transmit more robust signals to restore motion in people with damaged spinal cords.

By Michael Price Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SDSU's low speed wind tunnel

Supersonic Science in SDSU’s Wind Tunnel Complex

This advanced facility is often used to refine products’ aerodynamics and test new scientific concepts.

By Michael Price Monday, February 13, 2017

BMW Dashboard

Driving The Future of Transportation Infrastructure

SDSU brings a West Coast perspective to a consortium with $28 million in funding to explore the future of transportation.

By Michael Price Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Portrait of Sahar Ghanipoor Machiani

People to Watch in 2017

These SDSU students, faculty and staff will be making headlines in the coming year.

By Gina Jacobs Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Microscope and chip

Renewed Hope for the Brain-injured

SDSU's Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering receives renewed funding from the National Science Foundation.

By Michael Price | Monday, October 26, 2015

Engineering equipment with flame

Fire in the Sky

Subrata Bhattacharjee and Fletcher Miller study the weird ways fire behaves in space.

By Michael Price, video by Jeneene Chatowsky | Monday, April 27, 2015

Fire flame in Engineering metal tower

From Fallout Shelter to Flame Tower

SDSU engineers converted an architectural relic from the Cold War into housing for a tower that can mimic fire's behavior in space.

By Michael Price | Friday, April 17, 2015