Our main research areas include High-Performance Marine Vehicles, Hydrogen Systems, and Unmanned Mobile Platforms. Our work in Marine Vehicles is focused on hydrodynamics, dynamics, propulsion, and design of advanced marine craft, including air-lubricated hulls, hydrofoils, amphibious platforms, and other concepts. In the area of Hydrogen Systems, we investigate hydrogen-related fundamental phenomena and develop practical systems for producing, storing, transporting and utilizing hydrogen. Our efforts in Unmanned Systems include modeling and experiments of unconventional aircraft, rovers, tanks, boats, and underwater vehicles.
We lead large industry-academia R&D programs in these areas, conduct basic research funded by federal and state agencies, and carry out projects for energy, aerospace and high-tech companies. We also provide consulting services and occasionally participate in SBIR/STTR projects.
Our research work is supported by
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI)
Video clips below illustrate some of our unmanned vehicles and elements of fabrication.