Aviation safety incorporates the theory, examination and classification of flight failures and the prevention of such failures through regulation, education and training. It can also be applied in the context of campaigns that inform the public as to the safety of air travel. In 2008, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Parks College $2.25 million to form the Center for Aviation Safety Research (CASR).
Biomedical engineers are innovators; they use the principles of engineering to solve problems of the human body. Biomedical engineering is a relatively new field that is naturally interdisciplinary and growing quickly. Our research in Biomedical engineering focuses on tissue engineering, biomedical signal processing, orthopedic mechanics and cardiovascular mechanics.
A space system consists of all of the elements necessary to complete a successful space mission: spacecraft, launch vehicle, ground operations, etc. Often, it is the behavior of the system as a whole that determines success or failure, not the optimal design of any one part. At the Space Systems Research Lab (SSRL) at Parks College, our emphasis is on the end-to-end system; it informs our research activities as well as how we train our students. There are many ways to participate in SSRL: graduate research, undergraduate research, student volunteer, summer intern, senior design and through our formal coursework.
The Structural Mechanics & Design focus area provides researchers and practicing engineers with the skills and knowledge to apply advanced computational and experimental techniques to design, evaluate and improve complex, real-world structures.
SLU researchers are concentrating their efforts on areas such as wind and solar power, green design, infrastructure design, as well as evaluation and restoration to answer the need for a more sustainable planet.
Thermal-Fluid Sciences research efforts at Parks College address a full range of problems, including micro- and nano-scale phenomena and galaxy-sized events. Research efforts are underway to simulate the clouds and large vortices that advect in the atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune. More accurate aerial delivery is under investigation by studying the aerodynamics of parachutes and airdrop systems.