Research Centers & Institutes
Engineering faculty participate in ground-breaking research at these and other interdisciplinary research centers. To learn more about research at UW engineering, search for faculty and research topics at Find a Faculty Member.
The ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change is a campus and national resource for best practices in academic leadership development, cultural change and policy transformation, and increasing the advancement and number of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. ADVANCE offers leadership development workshops, career development resources for pre-tenure faculty, and mentoring programs.
The Boeing Advanced Research Center (BARC) is a facility housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering that fosters collaborative basic and applied research, translational research and development, and student education-related activities in the area of manufacturing and assembly of aircraft and spacecraft structures.
The Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR) is a multi-disciplinary center where professionals from a wide range of entities team with university experts to align strategies, processes and investments in systems for security, safety and resilience. Flagship project: Maritime Operations Information Sharing Analysis (MOISA) focused on Puget Sound.
The Center for Design of Analog-Digital Integrated Circuits (CDADIC) is one of the few research consortiums in the country that address problems associated with analog and mixed-signal research.
The Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching (CELT) combines two missions: to conduct internationally recognized research in engineering learning and to promote teaching effectiveness in UW engineering classrooms.
The Center for Game Science at the University of Washington focuses on solving hard world-scale problems that neither people nor computers alone cannot solve by themselves. Our focus is on methods that enable any unique individual to learn and ways to drastically accelerate scientific discovery. To this end the Center studies ways to engage and inspire people reaching their potential through team work and symbiotic collaboration with computational methods. We have produced scientific discovery games that enabled novices to publish numerous world class scientific discoveries, games that discover optimal learning pathways and can teach algebra to all elementary school learners, games that change academic mindset and enable people to be more persistent when facing an obstacle.
The Center for Intelligent Materials and Systems (CIMS) was established by a group of faculty in the College of Engineering and the Department of Botany with the aim of accelerating the research and educational program in the area of design of actuator materials and actuators and the bio-inspired design of intelligent materials and systems. The goals of CIMS are multi-fold: (1) design a series of actuator materials and their devices, (2) learn intelligent sensor and actuation mechanisms inherent in biological species, thus inspiring our brains while the bio-inspired knowledge will be transferred to designing man-made materials and systems, and (3) our research subjects and products remain compatible with healthy functions of the surrounding natural environment.
Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) is an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center launched July 2011 to advance the integration of technologies with human neural systems. The center brings together leaders in robotics, neuroscience, computer science, and other disciplines.
The Center for Synthetic Biology (CSB) represents a community of interdisciplinary researchers exploring one of the most exciting frontiers in science and technology: the engineering and evolution of novel life-forms to address technical challenges in health, energy and the environment and to enhance our general understanding of living systems.
The Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures (AMTAS) seeks solutions to problems associated with existing, near- and long-term applications of composites and advanced materials for large transport commercial aircraft.
The Clean Energy Institute (CEI) is a state-funded initiative to advance the next generation of solar energy and electrical energy storage materials, devices and integrated systems through research, partnerships, and educational programs.
The Collaborative Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) fosters collaboration, discussion, and innovation in automated manufacturing between UW researchers, industry, and other external parties. Focused on advancing automation in manufacturing processes, particularly in terms of technology, sensors, and data generation.
PI/Director: Todd Cleland (interim)
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | 206-543-8388
The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.
Contact: email@example.com | 206-685-DOIT
The eScience Institute is dedicated to the support of research computing and to leadership in key areas of eScience expertise, including data mining, machine learning, and sensor networks. Addresses the emerging need to support data-centric, high performance computing.
The Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute's (NextFlex) mission is to advance manufacturing of printed electronics on flexible substrates with semiconductor devices in forms that can be attached to skin, vehicles, or other structures; or can be bent, rolled, folded, and integrated physically in ways that traditional rigid electronics cannot. The UW is a founding member of this national institute.
At the Genetically Engineered Materials Science & Engineering Research Center (GEMSEC), an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers works to marry biology and materials sciences and engineering at the fundamental level. The research focus is adapting and developing molecular biology and genetics protocols to engineer peptides and proteins to synthesize, morphogenize, and assemble functional hierarchical structures for use in technologies and medicine. GEMSEC also runs a range of education and outreach activities for high school students, undergraduates, and science teachers.
The Institute for Nano-engineered Systems (NanoES) leads and acts as a national magnet for design, processing, and integration of scalable nano-engineered devices and systems. NanoES will leverage UW’s component-level expertise on nanoscale processing, materials, physics, and biology to collaboratively develop engineered devices and systems that can be scaled to positively impact global challenges in energy, health, transportation, and related areas.
The Intel Science and Technology Center for Pervasive Computing is a collaboration among Intel and university researchers to explore new technologies (such as personal robotics and "Trustworthy Wireless") to support the ubiquitous computing environments of the future.
The Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) supports the aerospace industry in the state of Washington by pursuing industry-university research, helping develop internship and research opportunities at aerospace firms for engineering and computer science students at all of Washington's public four-year colleges and universities, and identifying research and tech transfer opportunities that benefit the State's aerospace industry.
The Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute (MolES) brings together faculty teams from across UW to catalyze translational research and establish interdisciplinary programs in the CleanTech and BioTech areas. Provides shared instrumentation for characterization and analysis as part of the Molecular Analysis Facility in the ground floor of the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building.
The National ESCA Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems (NESAC/BIO) is a state-of-the-art surface analysis instrumentation and research facility serving the biomedical research community. Their mission is to develop and apply new surface analysis technologies for biomedical research.
National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) is a center for innovation for making, measuring, modeling, and mentoring to advance the use of nanotechnology in science and society. We coordinate a world class nanotechnology infrastructure, paired with technical and educational leadership in integrated photonics, advanced energy materials and devices, and bio-nano interfaces and systems. The physical infrastructure consists of the Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF, Seattle) and the Microproducts Breakthrough institute (MBI, Corvallis) for making; the Molecular Analysis Facility (MAF, Seattle) and the Materials Synthesis & Characterization Facility (MaSC, Oregon) for measuring; and distributed computational resources for modeling in design and analysis of nanosystems.
The NHERI RAPID Facility is a NSF shared use major equipment facility that houses state-of-the-art equipment to support the collection of perishable data during and after the occurrence of natural hazards. High-quality reconnaissance data is crucial to improving our understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of communities to natural hazards. The facility supports the collection of high-quality scientific, engineering and social data.
The Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) is a consortium of three universities — the University of Washington, Oregon State University and University of Alaska Fairbanks — focused on the responsible advancement of marine energy. Researchers work with marine energy device developers, community members, ocean users, federal and state regulators and government officials to address key challenges of wave, tidal, in-river energy and offshore wind technologies.
The Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans) is a Regional University Transportation Center (UTC) administered by the United States Department of Transportation. PacTrans acts as a hub for transportation research and education in the Pacific Northwest.
The Plasma Science and Innovation Center develops predictive capability for emerging concept experiments, allowing new experiments in fusion science and in other areas of plasma science without actual construction.
The Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics (SCTL) Center is a world leader in supply chain, transportation and logistics research and education serving the powerful nexus of industry, transportation infrastructure agencies, and policy makers. The Center is the go-to place to analyze and solve urban goods delivery, sustainability, logistic hubs and ports, and freight system performance management problems that overlay private and public spaces and control. The Center pilots and tests research concepts in its Urban Freight Lab. The SCTL Master’s program is an interactive online program that prepares working professionals to lead end-to-end management of transportation in global supply chains. It is anchored in engineering, focused on business results, and starts the year with an intensive week at the Seattle UW campus.
The UW Aerospace Research Consortium (UW-ARC) fosters collaboration in aerospace research by: connecting the unique research and educational strengths throughout the UW to industry; providing leadership in aerospace innovation; and maintaining a high-quality workforce of aerospace engineers through education.
The UW Biofabrication Center is a unique service laboratory operating through the EE department at UW. Clients use Aquarium software to store sample information and remotely submit molecular biology and microbiology jobs. Technicians in the BIOFAB execute the protocols and upload the results to Aquarium. Therefore, cloning projects can be executed from start to finish, without the client ever having to touch a pipette! Records of all jobs and samples are permanently stored in the Aquarium inventory database, eliminating the need for messy lab notebooks and complex inventory systems
The Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF) is a national user facility that is a part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). Located on the University of Washington, Seattle campus, UW WNF is a full service micro and nanotechnology user facility and is the largest public access fabrication center in the Pacific Northwest, with 15,000 sf of laboratories, cleanrooms, and user spaces.
The Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC) is a collaboration among Washington State University, the University of Washington, and the Washington State Department of Transportation to coordinate both state and commercial transportation research efforts and to develop research opportunities nationally and locally.