Research Working Groups

Additive Manufacturing

The overall goal of the additive manufacturing (AM) working group is to facilitate collaborative research related to AM technologies while providing opportunities for discussions/planning relevant to future research thrusts. The AM working group is interested in many types of AM-based research, including metallic systems, polymer and ceramic systems, bio-based printing, as well as systems-level research on the applicability and future potential of AM in the workforce. To achieve effective and economical production of functional components, a number of crucial technical challenges must be addressed, including:

  1. accurate prediction of the mechanical properties of additively-manufactured parts;
  2. predictive modeling of their behavior during their build and while in service; and
  3. control of the manufacturing process to produce functional parts with targeted properties and performance characteristics.

These barriers hinder the growth of AM and utilization of AM-products in the United States. Additionally, the extension of AM to smart materials (e.g., bimetallic systems, metallic-polymer interfaces) presents a unique opportunity for further advancements in the aerospace, defense, and biomedical industries.

Interested? Contact Matthew W. Priddy, Ph.D.

Autonomous Vehicles

The field of autonomous vehicle research brings together an exceptionally wide variety of disciplines. It touches on sensors, vehicle dynamics, artificial intelligence, robotics, human performance and behavior, modeling and simulation, high-performance computing, network communications, cybersecurity, infrastructure development, and others. The purpose of the autonomous vehicles working group is to bring together researchers to create complimentary relationships, leading to successful proposal submissions.

The autonomous vehicles group also brings in external speakers who are experts in an associated field in order to broaden the horizons of the working group beyond MSU’s campus.

Big Data

Big Data presents unprecedented opportunities for improving the understanding about natural environment and human activities to make smarter decisions. The aim of this workshop is to bring together signal and information processing researchers, applied mathematicians and statisticians and systems engineers to determine the role that analytical and experimental engineering has to play in Big Data research and development.

Interested? Contact Jenny Q. Du, Ph.D.

Biomechanics and Bio-Inspired Design

The focus areas of the B2DG is to form an interdisciplinary collaborative team of researchers in the BCoE working on the bio-mechanics of human body trauma and the bio-inspired design of engineering systems including protective gears for humans:

Perform simulation-based analysis (multi-scale finite element modeling) of the virtual human body, clad with current protective gear design, to understand the physics of sports-related traumatic injury, and design protective gear using bio-inspired structures and engineering systems (Fig. 1)
Promote collaborative research efforts by the members of B2DG through regular meetings and seek external grant application to the national funding agencies including National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, sports governing bodies, and National Institute of Health
Use the current findings and funding as leverage for generating conference proceedings and publications in traumatic injury bio-mechanics and novel protective gear design. The publications would then be used to bolster the funding opportunities of the B2DG through already established track record of publishing cutting-edge research in bio-mechanics and bio-inspired design.

Interested? Contact Raj Prabhu, Ph.D.

Cardiac Regeneration and Bio-Engineering

Our cardiac bio-engineering research takes a multidisciplinary approach with an investigation team from bio-engineering, animal experiment, computer science, computational modeling/simulation, and clinical application.

Interested? Contact Jun Liao, Ph.D., FAHA

Digital Manufacturing

Advances in various technologies have created a so called “digital age” in modern manufacturing. The term, “digital thread”, has been used to describe the common thread of information (both technical and non-technical) related to the design, manufacture, inspection, testing, and sustained use of products throughout their lifecycle. The creation, storage, security, and use of this information are the focus of numerous research initiatives in government, academia, and industry. Coordinated awareness of and involvement in such research initiatives by MSU faculty and staff interested in advanced manufacturing subject matter is essential. This was the fundamental philosophy on which a Bagley College of Engineering digital manufacturing working group was formed and continues to guide the working group’s professional initiatives going forward.

Interested? Contact Larry Dalton

Empirical Software Engineering

The Empirical Software Engineering group views software engineering as an empirical science. Our goal is to better understand the practice of software engineering through the observation and measurement of human behavior as it relates to software engineering. As such, we conduct human subject studies on various software engineering methods and techniques. In addition we mine and analyze data from existing software artifacts and repositories.

Interested? Contact Byron J. Williams, Ph.D.


The EWG works closely with the Energy Institute. The Energy Institute has established an infrastructure for converting agricultural products into liquid fuels.

Interested? Contact Jonathan Pote, Ph.D.

Engineering Education

The Engineering Education Working Group (ENE-WG) is an  is an interdisciplinary, productive working group that has membership at multiple faculty levels in all eight BCoE departments and two College of Education departments. The ENE-WG promotes a culture of innovation within the BCoE by pursuing external funding to improve engineering education at MSU, and by developing and implementing pedagogical innovations in BCoE classrooms. Additionally, many ENE-WG members serve as graduate faculty for the Engineering Education concentration of the Ph.D. in Engineering program.

Interested? Contact Jean Mohammadi-Aragh, Ph.D.

Fluid Mechanics

Fluid mechanics is an active field of research with many problems that are partly or wholly unsolved (e.g., turbulence in fluids is the last unsolved problem of classical mechanics). Faculties and researchers from all departments, working in the area of fluid mechanics or dealing with problems that involve fluid mechanics, are welcome to join the group.

Interested? Contact Adrian Sescu, Ph.D.

Human Factors

Human Factors is a broad, multidisciplinary research area requiring collaboration across colleges, departments and research centers. The Human Factors Working Group provides a BCoE-led cross-college organization for fostering collaboration, expanding research activities and involving students. The research interests of the members of the Human Factors Working Group are varied and include interests in transportation safety, driver multitasking, vehicle manufacturing, evaluation of human performance in high stress, high speed domains (military, law enforcement, athletics), design of interfaces, data visualization, robotics, and computational modeling.

Interested? Contact Daniel Carruth, Ph.D.


The purpose of the Materials Working Group is to bring together all research activities at Mississippi State University related to materials research. Since many departments, colleges and institutes are conducting materials research, this group facilitates the transfer of new ideas and permits the maximum utilization of shared resources.

Interested? Contact Priscilla Hill, Ph.D.

Radar Remote Sensing

Robotic Systems

The Robotic Systems Working Group is a multidisciplinary group that is interested in the advancement of robotics and related technologies. This group is interested in the incorporation of robotics into different applications and domains such as education, engineering, psychology, sociology, social work, law enforcement, emergency response and healthcare. The group is open to other ideas for advancing various fields through the use of robots.

Interested? Contact Cindy L. Bethel, Ph.D.

Solid Mechanics

The Solid Mechanics Working Group members are working to expand and promote the group and encourage communication among faculty involved in solid mechanics research, education, materials science and aerospace. The group hosts outstanding speakers in these fields to bring progressive insight to attendees on the new trends in the solid mechanics, materials and composite material manufacturing fields. We are developing the program of study to include broad and novel educational courses featuring design throughout the curriculum for graduate and undergraduate students giving rise to a diverse group of future engineers/scientists.

Interested? Contact Mark F. Horstemeyer, Ph.D.


The MSU Transportation Working Group is a multi-disciplinary group of researchers from the Bagley College of Engineering and throughout Mississippi State University. We represent a diverse set of fields within transportation such as infrastructure design and planning, supply chain management, vehicle design, safety and fleet maintenance. Our main activities include research seminars and working lunches to facilitate the development of grant proposals.

Interested? Contact Hugh Medal, Ph.D. or Xiaopeng Li, Ph.D. for more information.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The UASWG members have served as instructors for the first engineering UAS course in BCOE (ASE4990/6990). Although the class has an ASE course code, it is open to any undergraduate and graduate student in BCoE. The class has 12 undergraduate and nine graduate students (19 ASE and 2 ECE students). The UASWG is seeking to have individuals from the UAS industry to speak to the working group and to the student body. These speakers are invaluable in conveying the current and future engineering needs in the unmanned systems.

Interested? Contact Ratneshwar (Ratan) Jha, Ph.D.