Research Themes

Civil Engineering

  • Arctic Coastal
  • Arctic Engineering and Cold Regions
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical and Frozen Ground
  • Renewable Energy
  • Structures
  • Transportation

Computer Science & Engineering

  • Cryptocurrency
  • Network Reliability
  • Augmented Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • App Development
  • Game Design
  • Geofencing

Electrical Engineering

  • Solar energy research
  • Microgrids/Minigrid operation and control in the Arctic
  • Power system resilience against extremes
  • Power system resilience against extremes
  • Electrical Vehicles (EVs)
  • Continuous Wave Frequency Modulated (CWFM) radar


  • Surveying and Mapping
  • Digital photogrammetry
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Remote sensing image processing and analysis
  • Geographic Artificial Intelligence for industry, environment, and transportation
  • Geospatial computing and analytics

Mechanical Engineering

  • Corrosion
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Solid mechanics
  • Biomechanics
  • Controls
  • Renewable energy

Project Management

  • Small business implementation and business plans
  • Construction projects in personal domains
  • Alaska-based construction projects and activities
  • Organizational human resource management, project leadership and project-related communications
  • Organizational project management maturity, and project portfolio management implementation
  • Real-world project benefits realization and business success

Cutting-Edge Labs & Facilities

The UAA College of Engineering boasts two of the newest buildings on campus with over 20 state-of-the-art research and teaching labs such as:

  • BP Asset Integrity & Corrosion Lab
  • Materials Testing Lab
  • Ted and Gloria Trueblood Cold Regions Engineering Lab
  • Student Innovation Center
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Soil Mechanics Lab
  • Structures Testing Lab
  • Biomechanics, Dynamics, and Controls Lab



UAA College of Engineering faculty represent a wide range of disciplines and research interest within our six departments: Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geomatics, Mechanical Engineering, and Project Management.

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