Undergraduate Research Experiences

The Department of Engineering hosts several research programs dedicated to conducting cutting edge research in a variety of fields. Directed by individual faculty members, each research program focuses on a different aspect of engineering. The programs and associated lab facilities are funded by private foundations and government agencies including NSF, the Hearst Foundation, and NIH. Outcomes from these programs include: 1) Unique research opportunities for undergraduate students, 2) student presentations at international conferences, 3) student publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings, 4) outreach education experiences, and 5) training for graduate school programs.

For more information about different research programs, please follow the links below:

Bio-Engineering Lab
Directed by Dr. Elizabeth Orwin.

Communication Lab
Directed by Dr. Anthony Bright

D.A.R.E. Lab
Directed by Dr. Matthew Spencer, the Design in Analog, Radio and Emerging technology (DARE) lab studies analog circuit design, radio frequency components and systems, and emerging circuit technologies.

Dynamics Lab
Directed by Dr. Ziyad Duron

Energy & Nanomaterials Lab
Directed by Dr. Albert Dato, the Energy & Nanomaterials Lab seeks to develop solutions to energy and environmental challenges through the synthesis and applications of advanced materials.

Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design
Directed by Dr. Tanja Srebotnjak, the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design at Harvey Mudd College conducts, supports and coordinates college-wide programs and activities related to sustainability research, teaching and practice. This includes the Rasmussen Summer Research Fund, the Hixon Center Summer Research Fellows and other opportunities for undergraduate students to immerse themselves in sustainability research and policy questions.

Lab for Autonomous and Intelligent Robotics (LAIR)
Directed by Dr. Christopher Clark, the LAIR focuses on multi-robot systems and their application to field experiments. Example projects include shark tracking with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), coastal shipwreck mapping with AUVs, multi-robot motion planning, and exploration of tunnel systems using rover teams.

Nano Composite Membrane Lab
Directed by Dr. Nancy Lape

Open Device Engineering Lab
Directed by Dr. Brian Bryce, the open device engineering (ODE) lab is committed to creating useful tools and platforms that improve access to scientific information and enable research, development and prototyping work.

VLSI Lab
Directed by Dr. David Money Harris, the VLSI lab pursues research in high-speed and low-power integrated circuits, computer arithmetic, and digital systems.

The Department is also home to seven Engineering Fellowship Programs, which emphasize research and mentoring.

Clay-Wolkin Fellowship in Electrical Engineering was founded in 2006 and is named in memory of the famous and fun-loving Mudder Jay Wolkin ’99.

De Pietro Fellowship In Civil Engineering was created in 1998 by brothers Robert (’69) and Dennis De Pietro in honor of their parents.

The Engman Fellowship Program In Bioengineering was founded in 2005 by Robert and Mary Jane Engman, who own Opto 22 in Temecula, CA.

The Patton and Claire Lewis Fellowship Program was created in 2008 by Malcolm Lewis ’69 and his wife, Cynthia, in honor of Malcolm’s parents.

The Jude and Eileen Laspa Fellowship in Applied Mechanics

The Jude and Eileen Laspa Fellowship in Autonomous Systems

The Henry E. and Gayle Riggs Fellowship in Engineering Management