Research Groups and Facilities

Our faculty and students tackle the world's most complex problems everyday.

Systems engineering faculty research in a wide variety of areas, including:

  • Systems design/management
  • Medical and human-centric systems
  • Defense and aerospace
  • Decision support
  • Analytics and cybersecurity
  • Visualization and imaging
  • Energy systems
  • Transportation and infrastructure systems
  • Water systems
  • Operations research
  • Project management
  • Model-based systems engineering (MBSE)
Erika Miller, Assistant Professor in the Systems Engineering department in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering works with test student on drive simulator, December 17, 2020.

The Powerhouse Energy Campus is a modern, 100,000 square foot that is one of the largest free-standing energy facilities at any university.

It is recognized nationally and internationally for its interdisciplinary approach and its groundbreaking work on engine technology, electric grids, biofuels, energy policy, human behavior, energy access in the developing world, and energy-focused entrepreneurship.

The Powerhouse Energy Campus serves as the headquarters of Colorado State University’s Energy Institute. 

The Bradley Research group, headed by Department Head and Woodward Professor, Dr. Tom Bradley, focuses on using advanced system design tools with experimental validation to advance the state of the art in practical, demonstrable systems.

This group has an active research program that contributes to:

  • Sustainable transportation
  • Aerospace systems
  • Systems engineering
  • Energy Systems

The Cale Research Lab, headed by Dr. James Cale, focuses on the modeling, control and design optimization of energy sources and systems. 

Some recent research projects include: 

  • Mathematical modeling and software development for prediction of current harmonics currents in AC and DC distribution systems for comparing energy efficiency of DC vs hybrid AC/DC distribution
  • Characterization of magnetic material properties and magnetic equivalent circuit representations of electromechanical devices
  • Data analytics and dynamic reliability models for predicting failures in electrical batteries and motors

The Conrad Research Group, headed by Dr. Steven Conrad, focuses on the water-energy nexus, including water-energy interactions, coupled socio-hydrological energy modelling, and decision support for climate change adaptation.

The Daily Research Group, headed by Dr. Jeremy Daily, focuses on heavy vehicle cybersecurity and in-vehicle networking. 

The Eftekhari Shahroudi Research group, headed by Dr. Kamran Eftekhari Shahroudi, focuses on anomaly-based controls, diagnostics and prognostics, autonomous UAV-based wildfire detection and monitoring, hydraulic, electric and hybrid aerospace actuation systems, and integration of systems engineering with program management. 

Herber @ CSU, headed by Dr. Dan Herber, focuses on computational design, design optimization, model-based system engineering, system architecture synthesis, architecture graph representations and enumeration, combined physical and control system design (control co-design), and numerical methods for optimal control concentrated around the development of novel theory and tools for integrated design methods conducive to emerging and dynamic engineering systems. 

The Human Systems Lab headed by Dr. Erika Miller, focuses on integrating humans with complex systems to enhance safety and efficiency.

The Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building is the cornerstone of Colorado State University’s Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering. The state of the art, LEED certified building houses CSU research labs, classes, faculty, and staff.

The Simske Research Group, headed by Dr. Steve Simske focuses on analytics, intelligent systems, sensing systems, imaging systems, cybersecurity, and Situationally-Aware Collectors of Knowledge (SACKs) in robotics.