Research Centers

Center for Advanced Energy Systems and Environmental Control Technologies
(Dr. Seong Lee)
This Lab develops fundamental technology to improve energy utilization across a wide range of industries (Waste Management, Alternative Fuels/Renewable Energy, Computer Simulation and Numerical Modeling). In education, it will impart a cross-disciplinary approach to students at all levels. In industrial collaboration, it will work with member companies to develop new methods for advanced energy systems design and environmental control technologies.


Cybersecurity Assurance & Policy (CAP) Center
(Dr. Kevin Kornegay)
Morgan State University expands upon our emergence in cybersecurity assurance and policy research along with government agency, industry, and DoD partnerships to announce the formation of the internet-of-things (IoT), artificial intelligence/machine learning, privacy and security policy cohort. This is a collaboration between the Schools of Business & Management, Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences, and Engineering to enhance our leadership in this area. A total of eight faculty members who reside in their respective home departments, will support Morgan State University's leadership in cybersecurity assurance and policy research.
The mission of the CAP center is to provide the electronics industry and intelligence community with knowledge, methodology, solutions, and skilled cybersecurity engineers to help prevent penetration and manipulation of our nation's cyber physical infrastructures. We apply invasive and noninvasive hardware and software reverse engineering techniques to assess physical layer cybersecurity vulnerabilities in embedded systems, specifically IoT devices. We also develop countermeasures to secure them against sensitive data extraction, disruption, diversion, and obfuscation.


Geo-Technical Research Lab
(Dr. Jiang Li)
This lab focuses on experimental investigation of soil property, in particular, on mechanical behavior of soil,such as deformation and failure under different types of loads. Various factors are considered in design of various experimental investigations for various types of soils,such as frozen and defrost soils, soils physically reinforced with geofiber, soils chemically stabilized with fly ash or lime, etc. Various tests with different testing conditions can be conducted,such as saturation and consolidation tests, dynamic and static loading test, resilient modulus tests, resonant column tests, etc. Dynamic loading systems can simulate various types of forces inducted by traffic loads, wind blow, sea waves, earthquakes, foundation vibration, etc.Static loading systems can be applied to various experiments with either stress or strain control to investigate stress-strain relation, soil failure, elastic modulus, and other soil properties. This lab has six new testing systems, including a solid consolidation device, a static triaxial apparatus, two dynamic triaxial testing systems, a soil resonant column,and a triaxial-torsional shear system.


National Transportation Center
(Dr. Mansoureh Jeihani, Interim Director)
The National Transportation Center (NTC) at Morgan State University advances U.S. technology and expertise in transportation, research, and technology transfer on the university level.
The NTC's theme is "Transportation: A Key to Human and Economic Development." The NTC's current areas of research focus are transportation and traffic modeling, safety, economics and equity, transportation funding, and infrastructure's effect on aquatic life. The center also aims to increase the number of minorities and women in transportation.
The NTC's projects not only solve urban transportation problems, but also give students the opportunity to put classroom concepts into action. The projects have also led to partnerships with other universities and government organizations. The NTC continuously accepts research proposals for basic and applied research from Morgan faculty and staff. See the NTC's policy and procedures for more information. The NTC also works closely with the Urban Mobility & Equity Center (UMEC), based at Morgan and federally funded through the U.S. DOT's University Transportation Centers Program.


Industrial Robotics and Manufacturing Lab
(Dr. Richard Pitts)
The IRAM Lab is the combination of the two technologies of robotics and automation which allows for an efficient, automatically operated system of programmable/reprogrammable robotic and automated machines that can perform an infinite number of tasks and operations (e.g., the manufacture and assembly of parts or products). It is a flexible manufacturing environment utilized for performing research and training with industrial robots, mobile robots and drones.
The purpose of the IRAM Laboratory is to: (1) enhance student learning by providing exposure to the integration and utilization of modern manufacturing resources (i.e. industrial and mobile robots, computer numerically-controlled (CNC) machines, etc.) and (2) engage and retain under-represented students in the area of Industrial Engineering to promote a diverse engineering workforce and graduate research education.


Advanced Research in Microwave/RF Measurement and Electronic Design
(Dr. Michel Kornegay)
ARMMED is an active research lab that has capabilities to perform high frequency device modeling and develop innovative component measurement techniques, design static and adaptable high performance RF/microwave/mm-wave/sub-THz electronic circuits for communication systems. Our mission is to pursue new technologies, solve advanced problems and secure vulnerabilities in embedded systems for wireless communications that operate in the RF to sub-THz frequency spectrum.


Advanced Realization and Characterization of Architectures for DSP Engineering
(Dr. Jumoke (Kemi) Ladeji-Osias)
Recent work in the ARCADE laboratory, through Federal and private Foundation funded awards, include embedded systems security and engineering education in the areas of experiment-centric pedagogical approaches to laboratory courses, improvement science, engineering experiences for middle school students, and developing a National high school engineering curriculum.


Data Engineering and Predictive Analytics Research Lab
(Dr. Kofi Nyarko)
DEPA develops tools, technology and techniques that provide insight into complex data and concepts by performing research in computational engineering modeling, simulation, visualization. Specific capabilities include: engineering simulation, modeling and controls, complex algorithm development, complex network visualization, portable computing development, advanced display technologies and UAS and avionic control and software systems development.


Safety and Behavioral Analysis Center
(Dr. Mansoureh Jeihani)
Safety and Behavioral Analysis (SABA) Center includes two driving simulators from FORUM8 Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan; which are connected to each other. The hardware consists of the cockpit, three surrounding monitors, ignition key, safety seat belt, automatic transmission, acceleration and brake pedals, push buttons, flash lights, and steering wheel. One of the DSs contains a motion platform. The software, UC-win/Road made by Forum 8 Co. is capable of creating and editing the entire network elements including road alignments, intersection design, traffic signals, cross sections, roadside signs, terrain setup, and traffic generation. It allows researchers to investigate driver behavior under various controlled conditions. The simulator is capable of replicating driving task on different roadway and pavement types, under various traffic conditions and composition, traffic information (e.g. dynamic message signs), and weather conditions (rain, fog, snow). It is capable of building networks with desired features similar to the real world.


Microelectronics Laboratory
(Dr. Michael Spencer)


Signal and Image Communications Research Lab
(Dr. Arlene Cole-Rhodes)
In this lab we develop algorithms for signal processing applications ranging from a multi-resolution image registration technique for remote sensor applications, to data analysis using information from digital image and video data processing, to blind equalization for wireless MIMO communications systems. Current work involves the investigation of adaptive beamforming techniques to enable millimeter wave multi-user MIMO wireless communications, and this has involved the use of a previously developed blind channel estimator. The work in this lab is directed by Dr. Arlene Cole-Rhodes, and her research has been sponsored over the years by NSF, NASA, Army Research Labs and the Department of Defense.


Information and Systems Engineering Laboratory
(Dr. Leeroy Bronner)
The Information and Systems Engineering (ISE) Laboratory provides an experimental-learning environment for students in the design and development of information and information systems. Students use their knowledge to solve complex national and global problems. This laboratory provides a platform for conducting research in systems engineering, information engineering, modeling and simulation, big data, cyber systems, knowledge engineering, software and database systems. For instruction, the laboratory provides a classroom setting for learning, transfer of knowledge and awareness of system engineering technologies that affect decision making in engineering, business and social organizations.


Wireless Networks and Security
(Dr. Farzad Moazzami)
Primary focus on Integrated Network Enhanced Telemetry regarding Radio link protocol and Mixed Network Modeling. Since its formation, students and faculty in WiNetS lab have offered credible solutions in several Wireless Communication related research problems funded by federal agencies such as Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) Test and Evaluation, Science & Technology (T&E/S&T) and U.S. Army. Cyber security is an exciting part of the WiNetS lab. As cyber attacks continue to increase in number and complexity, there has to be greater effort from the cyber security industry to detect and prevent these attacks. The main goal of the cyber security team in the WiNetS lab is to contribute to stopping cyber attacks by researching and analyzing attacks and figuring how to prevent them.


Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure Development Research
(Dr. Oludare Owolabi)
This Center seeks solutions to complex engineering problems primarily dealing with sustainability and resilience in the areas of transportation and infrastructure engineering, with a recent focus on interactions among transportation, energy, and environment. The center conducts research related to smart infrastructures and intelligent transportation systems, innovative design methods and materials, sustainable and resilient transportation infrastructure, highway and pavement design, infrastructure maintenance, traffic engineering, asset management system, and transportation security.


Systems Engineering and Management Institute Lab
(Dr. Guangming Chen)
Systems Engineering and Management Institute (SEMI) Lab is located in the Schaefer Engineering Building SEB 348. SEMI was founded in 2009 under a NASA University Research Center grant awarded to Morgan State University. SEMI and the SEMI lab support the academic program and research activities in systems engineering, reliability and risk control. SEMI's current director is Dr. Guangming Chen, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Department.