The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is privileged to have a vibrant research program, with research expenditures exceed $7 million annually. The research program supports large MS and Ph.D. student populations of more that 150 students, most of which are supported through graduate research assistantships.

Research Projects

This page provides links to active research projects awarded to faculty in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Because of the large number of projects listed, they are subdivided into research areas. Sometimes a project may be related to more than one area but the listing is not repeated. The three primary focus areas are:

Research Centers

Research Centers coordinate the research activities of several faculty in a focused area of research. This page lists those centers that are housed in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. These centers often involve faculty from other Departments in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and from other colleges as well.

Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions

Researchers in our Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering's Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions (CAFEE) have built an internationally recognized research program aimed at reducing exhaust emissions and consumption of petroleum-based fuels. CAFEE's focus is on heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks, buses, locomotives, and ships, where improvements have traditionally lagged behind lighter-duty vehicles.

CAFEE has some of the nation's most extensive experience in measuring exhaust emissions from conventionally and alternatively-fueled, heavy-duty vehicles. Founded in 1989, CAFEE conducts approximately $5 million per year in research, with funding from the U.S. Departments of Energy and Transportation, and from companies, states and municipalities around the nation.

CAFEE offers the unique ability to travel throughout North America to conduct emissions testing, thanks to its three Transportable Vehicle Emissions Testing Laboratories, including a new low-emissions measurement laboratory.

Center for Industrial Research Applications - CIRA

CIRA is a nationally recognized research center within the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University. Its charter is to be self-supporting, provide an exceptional graduate educational experience, and develop high-tech engineering solutions for industrial problems that create opportunities that bolster West Virginia and the region's economic standing. CIRA researchers develop new technology, merge diverse technologies into new solutions, and develop new applications for emerging technologies. CIRA's research projects are listed under the area of Control, Design, and Manufacturing.