Research Working Groups

Additive Manufacturing

The working group focuses on laser-based additive manufacturing of metals, polymers and thermoplastics. Additive manufacturing techniques for generating functional engineering, metallic products via Selective Laser Melting and Laser Engineered Net Shaping will be specifically pursued. Applications currently being observed include the bio-medical, aerospace and defense industries.

Interested? Contact Nima Shamsaei Ph.D. ( or Scott M. Thompson, Ph.D. (

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

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: College-Wide Innovations working group has three primary objectives:

  1. Promote a culture of innovation among educators within the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
  2. Develop pedagogical based innovations for use throughout the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
  3. Pursue external funding for the purposes of improving engineering education at Mississippi State University

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.