Virginia Tech students will work with the University of Nottingham in either a Research Group, Centre or Institute aimed to provide the highest level of research impact. The options are as follows:

  1. Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group (PEMC)
  2. Human Factors Research Group (HFRG)
  3. University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing technology
  4. Geoenergy Research Centre (GeRC)
  5. Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering/Polymer Engineering (Dept.)

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  1. The PEMC Group is a world-leading research center in the field of power electronics and motor drives, pursuing discovery in such areas as power electronic energy conversion, conditioning and control; power electronics integration, packaging and thermal management; motor drives and motor control; and electrical machines. The group’s research ranges from basic technology investigation to fully engineered advanced concept demonstrators. It is underpinned by world-class experimental and workshop facilities. Research projects for students working with the PEMC Group focus on the following: Power converter topologies for electric aircraft applications. Power system modeling for aircraft electrical systems.
  2. The HFRG conducts multidisciplinary research on behaviors at work, home, travel and leisure to drive user-centered design for the products and systems that we use every day. Research spans the study of human-computer interface, the safe use of objects by children, rail and road safety, and electronics assembly. The group works both in the field and laboratory and its cutting-edge technical facilities provide safe, controlled and cost-effective research environments. Previous research projects for students working with this group included:
    • Persuasive interfaces for economical driving.
    • Head-up display vs. Head-down display on driving performance.

    • Augmented Reality effects on drivers.

  3. The UTC in manufacturing technology based at the University of Nottingham is a multi-disciplinary research team exploring all aspects of aerospace manufacture. The UTC has particular interest in the areas of fixturing, miniature machine tools and special purpose equipment for in-situ repair, machining optimization of difficult-to-cut materials, abrasive water jet and pulsed laser ablation, and in process and surface integrity monitoring. Students who are interested in working with the UTC will have the choice between manufacturing and propulsion. Previous research projects for students working with this group included:
    • VOF and Adaptive Meshing.
  4. The GERC is a pioneering joint venture co-established by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the University of Nottingham (UoN) concerning CO2 and Carbon Capture and Storage (CSS). Research is cross-disciplinary bringing together engineers, mathematicians, bio-scientists, geographers and geologists. The Centre collaborates and is supported by industries, international energy policy advisors, government organizations, regional development agencies, national and international universities and research centers. Current Research & Development programs for students include the following:
    • Capture, Transport, Storage .
    • Utilization and Recycling.
    • Environmental and Social Impacts.
  5. The Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering/Polymer Engineering offers taught programs covering a range of specialist and advanced engineering subjects, drawing on the internationally leading research of the UoN's academic staff and the strong links we have with industry and government agencies.