Research & Outreach Center
SEMS-ROC is the home for faculty, staff and students who are engaged in a wide variety of research, development and outreach activities.
The Research and Grants aspect of SEMS - ROC enhances STEM education for both undergraduate and graduate students at RMU, as well as for RMU faculty by creating channels for the academic scholarship. In particular, interdisciplinary research proposals and cross-institutional collaborations are developed to provide several pathways for RMU students to enhance their research experience at RMU.
The SEMS research center works closely with faculty to provide a creative, stimulating environment for collaborative interdisciplinary research that will lead to the development of successful research grants, research infrastructure and research opportunities within SEMS.
The SEMS research is characterized by close collaborations amongst the Science, Engineering and Mathematics faculty. The research environment within SEMS is creative, stimulating and strongly encourages interdisciplinary research both within and outside of school. This leads to the development of successful research grants, research infrastructure and research opportunities within SEMS.
In particular, interdisciplinary research proposals and cross-institutional collaborations are developed to provide several pathways for RMU students to enhance their research experience at RMU.
The SEMS research interests are driven forward by innovative ideas of the SEMS faculty and both undergraduate and graduate students. Some of the research topics at RMU include 3D manufacturing, engineering materials and high temperature processing, biomedical devices, head trauma detection, alternative energy, solar energy, operations research, logistics and supply chain management, mechatronics, optimization modeling, soil conservation, software verification and validation, statistics and actuarial sciences and many others.
The SEMS faculty are also actively engaged in pedagogical research for developing and delivering novel methods for STEM education that have received national recognition.
At RMU we strive to change the lives of our students and inspire them to go forth and make a difference in the world around them. In the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science (SEMS), one of the ways we do this is through SEMS-Outreach.
For over a decade now SEMS students and faculty have been actively involved with school-age students, sharing their knowledge and exposing them to the many exciting STEM career options. Here on campus SEMS hosts various annual STEM events for students K-12 (including those for women and minorities) who receive instruction from faculty experts in STEM disciplines, have access to our state-of-the-art research laboratories, and get hands-on experience with technologies like 3D printing and robotics. In addition, SEMS-Outreach goes out into the community, bringing materials and experts on-site to local schools and other locations.
Community and educational outreach—just another way SEMS is doing its part to help build our region’s next generation of engineers and scientists.
Arif Sirinterlikci, Ph.D., CMfgE
Associate Dean for Research and Outreach
Rika W. Carlsen, Ph.D.
Director, SEMS ROC - Grants and Research