The Engineering Research Center (ERC) is part of the American University of Armenia’s Zaven & Sonia Akian College of Science and Engineering. It has been conducting applied research for the past two decades. It brings together AUA scientists and engineers, visiting faculty, and AUA students to collaborate on projects. Over the past two decades, ERC’s research has focused on alternative energy, industrial systems, cyber security, computer aided design and manufacturing. ERC has high-quality in-house capacity for rigorous research including in-house statisticians, survey design experts, and computer modelling and simulation specialists. It also has an effective grant management capability. It has managed over $1 million in grants and contracts to date. ERC has conducted its research through a large number of programs and partners. Its projects have been funded through a variety of sources, including EU’s FP5-FP7 programs, US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Volkswagen Foundation, Samsung, and several private companies.
Topics/directions of the Engineering Research Center
- Cryptography: communication; cyber security; trustworthy computing; electronic voting.
- Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM): Industrial Design; mold design; mechanism design and simulation; structural analysis, computer numerical control (CNC) program generation and machining.
- Industrial Engineering and Systems Management: locating bottlenecks/leveling production process, quality control; scheduling; facilities planning/layout.
- Information technologies: mobile computing; artificial intelligence; scientific computing/numerical methods.
- Renewable energy (RE) in general: resource monitoring; development of particular RE options – solar PV, Hot Water, Wind, bio-fuels (algae, crop residue, etc.); solar architecture.
- RE policies: RE integration into society – legislation, tariffs, environmental issues, roadmap, etc.
- Energy Efficiency (EE) technologies: HVAC; heat recovery; insulation; solar architecture; etc.
- Optimization technologies applied to renewable energy and energy efficiency: optimal sizing of RE system components; feasibility calculation with/without externalities.
- Laser scanning for semiconductor surface characterization: solar cells, IC chips, non-destructive tests.
- Water resources management: seasonal storage; retention through freezing, etc.
- Information technology, cyber security, and artificial intelligence,
- Logistics, scheduling, optimization, and business process analysis,
- Energy efficiency and renewable energy,
- Computer aided design and manufacturing,
- Civil and environmental engineering, and
- Computational geometry.