Montana State University

College of Engineering

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173820
Bozeman, MT 59717-3820

Tel: (406) 994-2272
Fax: (406) 994-6665
Location: 212 Roberts Hall

Dean and Director:

Brett Gunnink

Research Groups

Cellular Mechanotransduction and Osteoarthritis

Cellular Mechanotransduction and Osteoarthritis

All cells, the fundamental units of life, experience and respond to mechanical signals from their environments. We seek to understand the mechanisms by which cells translate mechanical information into molecular regulation. One application of this is treating arthritis with the goal of engineering cells to repair damaged cartilage. We use the tools of both engineering and modern molecular biosciences to understand cellular mechanotransduction and work toward treating osteoarthritis.

Center for Biofilm Engineering

Center for Biofilm Engineering

At the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE), multidisciplinary research teams develop beneficial uses for microbial biofilms and find solutions to industrially relevant biofilm problems. The CBE was established at Montana State University, Bozeman, in 1990 as a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center. As part of the MSU College of Engineering, the CBE gives students a chance to get a head start on their careers by working on research teams led by world-recognized leaders in the biofilm field.


Composite Technologies

The Composite Technologies Research Group, at Montana State University - Bozeman (MSU), was established Fall of 1989. The mission of the group is to further the knowledge, technology, and education required to understand and improve on the characteristics of composite materials for structural applications.

Computational Biofluids Group-illustration of airways

Computational Biofluids Group

Our research involves the application of fundamental conservation laws, such as the conservation of mass, momentum, and energy, to improve the understanding of transport in biological systems. Our primary interest is usually in diseased or pathological systems. We focus our computational efforts on higher-order finite element methods, which can provide high-accuracy; and on algebraic multigrid solvers, which can provide computational efficiency.


Computer Science

The Computer Science faculty have different areas of research interest and expertise. However, there are a number of active, focused research projects underway in the CS Department that involve Bachelor's, Master's, and/or Ph.D. students as well as one or more faculty members. These projects are supported by grants from a variety of agencies and are often interdisciplinary in nature. To learn about these projects and the opportunities they present for students and other faculty collaborators, visit the department's website.
Electrical Engineering Research

Electrical Engineering

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has active research in the following seven domains: Digital Electronics/Computer Engineering, Communication Systems, Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Optics and Optical Electronics, Power Systems/Power Electronics, Signal Processing, Systems & Controls.

High Temperature Corrosion and Corrosion Protection High Temperature Corrosion and Corrosion Protection

Multi-functional ceramic oxides have become the backbone of many modern technologies, including fuel cells, batteries, ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, superconductors, nano-scale sensing/actuation, photovoltatics, and bio-medical drug delivery/implant technologies. We specialize in the synthesis, processing, and characterization of bulk/thin film ceramic oxide materials and hybrids in addition to device prototype fabrication and testing. The laboratory utilizes thermal analysis, electron microscopy, and chemical analysis methods to examine physical properties and interfacial chemical phenomena that drive these modern materials.
High Zero Emission Research and Technology Center ZERT High Zero Emission Research and Technology Center (ZERT)

ZERT is a research collaborative focused on understanding the basic science of underground (geologic) carbon dioxide storage to mitigate greenhouse gasses from fossil fuel use and to develop technologies that can ensure the safety and reliability of that storage. ZERT is a partnership involving DOE laboratories (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) as well as universities (Montana State and West Virginia University).
Magnetic Resonance Laboratory

Magnetic Resonance Laboratory

Our ability to increase the range of application of fuel-cells or design next generation filtration systems for industry and drug delivery systems for pharmaceuticals depends on our ability to improve our understanding of transport in the complex structures of designed porous media, such as new ceramics and foams and gels. The MR lab uses NMR, MRI, rheology and simulations to improve our understanding of transport phenomena in complex materials and complex systems.

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is particularly focused on excellence in the following thrust areas: design and manufacture; energy systems; materials and structures; measurement systems; service engineering; and human factors engineering.

Montana Microfabrication Facility

Montana Microfabrication Facility

The MMF facility comprises three separate areas: the EPS cleanroom, the Cobleigh process cleanroom and the Cobleigh packaging room. The EPS facility is a 1,500 sq. ft. lab consisting of a class 1000 lithography area and a class 1000 general processing area. The Cobleigh process facility is a 500 sq. ft. class 10,000 lab that is home to MMF’s PVD deposition tools and the packaging room is a 200 sq. ft., class 10,000 softwall cleanroom. The labs are located in adjacent, connected buildings.


Optical Remote Sensor Lab

In the Optical Remote Sensor Laboratory we develop optical sensors and use them to explore the natural Earth environment. From infrared imaging of clouds to laser detection of fish, optical remote sensing helps answer scientific questions while providing fascinating engineering challenges.

OpTeC-aurora borealis

Optical Technology Center

OpTeC was established in 1995 to promote education and research in the rapidly growing fields of optical science and engineering. This multidisciplinary center offers opportunities for students, faculty, industry, and other interested partners to learn and work together to find solutions to practical problems and to discover new applications for optical technology. OpTeC includes research groups from three university departments: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, and Chemistry and Biochemistry. The primary goal of the center is to maintain a nationally competitive optics program that promotes collaboration with local optical industry, leading to economic growth and improved student opportunities in Montana.

Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility

SubZero Science and Engineering Research Facility

The SubZero facility serves as a focal point not only for education but also for cross-discipline research into state, national and international issues. This one-of-a-kind facility attracts scientists from around the world to conduct research at MSU.

The Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility, along with the educational and scientific interactions that it makes possible, further enhances MSU's position as one of the world's leading cold science research and education institutions.

Thermal Biology Institute

Thermal Biology Institute

The Thermal Biology Institute conducts and promotes research and education focused on the biology and interrelated physical and chemical processes of geothermal environments in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Western Transportation Institute

Western Transportation Institute

The Western Transportation Institute is the country's largest National University Transportation Center focused on rural transportation issues. WTI draws from eight integrated research groups to create solutions that work for its clients, sponsors and rural transportation research partners. WTI focuses on rural issues, but some of our program areas also address the concerns of the urban environment.