Engineers On Wheels

Lab & Research Highlights

Driven by the needs of potential users, the laboratory is designing and developing technology to offset the effects of limb amputation and spinal cord injury. One current research project is the Neural Enabled Prosthetic Hand (NEPH) System to provide sensory feedback to people with an upper limb amputation.


The research agenda of the Adaptive Neural Systems (ANS) Laboratory is at the intersection between bioengineering, neuroscience and rehabilitation. By applying a multifaceted approach, the laboratory investigates the effects of trauma and disorders of the nervous system. ANS researchers explore ways to replace damaged or lost functionality or to repair the nervous system using advanced adaptive devices and therapeutic techniques.


FIU’s Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute (AMERI) provides an open-access equipment infrastructure to support materials research and engineering. AMERI labs include the Motorola Nanofabrication Research Facility, a cleanroom laboratory which facilitates Micro and Nano scale manufacturing. AMERI also includes an Analytical Laboratory, an Electronic Packaging Laboratory, a Thermal Processing Laboratory, and an Additive Manufacturing Laboratory.

The AMERI facility provides many tools and machinery that allows its users to be able to manufacture and characterize their materials as well as engineering processes. The tools, equipment, consumables, reagents, and guidance provided by the AMERI and its staff have also supported many fields of research in energy storage technology, corrosion resistant materials research. The facility also supports bioengineering and bioelectronics research for the development of biomarker detection of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Our inspection robots utilize cameras to provide live video feedback to spot leaks or areas of concern in critical structures for the DOE. ARC lab robots are also equipped with ultrasonic sensors and sensors such as LiDAR that provide distances and maps of objects.


The mission of FIU’s ARC Lab is to support research at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) cleanup sites as well research conducted at FIU. Our primary focus is supporting ecological research and water quality studies. ARC Lab focuses on developing robotic systems to operate in areas that are difficult to reach and can be unsafe for workers. The robots we develop provide information on structures and components like buildings, pipes and tanks that are important to the DOE.

Construction Trades

FIU Moss School of Construction, in partnership with the Lennar Foundation, has created the FIU Construction Trades Certificate Program. This program gives underserved populations the technical skills needed to find good-paying and high-demand jobs in Miami’s construction industry.

Our research is supported by excellent equipment up to THz frequencies, allowing us to build and test entire RF communication systems and wearable transponders, among other systems.


The RFCOM Lab at FIU is devoted to world-class electromagnetics research in RF/Microwave and Radio Science areas. Over 10 faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are focused in these areas. Faculty members advise nearly 70 Graduate students across the broad fields of RF systems, including: millimeter waves and 5G/6G links, wireless power transfer, and sensor fusion.

Wall of Wind

FIU’s Wall of Wind (WOW) is a national experimental facility focused on wind engineering research. The WOW features a 12-fan system and contraction zone capable of producing Category 5 Hurricane-force winds. Researchers study how wind and wind-driven rain impact buildings and structures. Researchers collect mathematical data that provide a 3-dimensional portrait of wind forces on test structures.

The goal of the research is to advance the science of wind engineering. The mission of the WOW is to enhance building codes across the country, so all our communities can be more resilient.