Faculty & Research

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.

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Aerospace Engineering

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.
PI/Director: Mehran Mesbahi. Contact: 206-685-8063 | info@jcati.org.

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.
Interim lead: Santosh Devasia. Contact: (206) 543-8388 | sdcoeadr@uw.edu.

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.
Interim lead: Todd Cleland. Contact: (206) 543-8388 | tcleland@uw.edu.


Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) »
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.
PI/Director: Rajesh Rao. Contact: 206-685-9141 | rao@cs.uw.edu.

National ESCA Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems (NESAC/BIO) »
State-of-the-art surface analysis instrumentation and research facility serving the biomedical research community. Mission is to develop and apply new surface analysis technologies for biomedical research.
PI/Director: David Castner. Contact: 206-685-1229 | nesacbio@uw.edu.

Education, Learning, and Institutional Change

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.
PI/Director: Cindy Atman. Contact: celtad@engr.washington.edu.

Center for Workforce Development (CWD) »
Seeks to enhance the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and underrepresented minorities in higher education and the workforce through research, evaluation, and programmatic initiatives as well as conducting research on the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology.
PI/Director: Suzanne G. Brainard. Contact: 206-543-4810 | uwcwd@uw.edu.

UW ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change »
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. Offers leadership development workshops, career development resources for pre-tenure faculty, and mentoring programs.
PI/Director: Ana Mari Cauce. Contact: 206-543-4215 | advcic@uw.edu.

Electronics and Computing

Center for Collaborative Technology »
An effort funded by Microsoft Research to develop the ConferenceXP platform and apply the technologies to a wide range of educational and collaborative scenarios.
PI/Director: Richard Anderson. Contact: cct@cs.washington.edu.

Center for Design of Analog-Digital Integrated Circuits (CDADIC) »
One of the few research consortiums in the country that address problems associated with analog and mixed-signal research.
PI/Director: John Ringo (ret., WSU), Bruce Darling (UW). Contact: 206-543-4703.

eScience Institute »
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.
PI/Director: Ed Lazowska. Contact: 206-616-3630 | info@escience.washington.edu.

Intel Science and Technology Center for Pervasive Computing »
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.
PI/Director: Dieter Fox. Contact: fox@cs.washington.edu.

Turing Center »
Investigates problems at the crossroads of natural language processing, data mining, Web search, and the Semantic Web.
PI/Director: Oren Etzioni. Contact: turing@cs.washington.edu.

See also: Collaborative Center for Advanced Manufacturing under Aerospace Engineering.


Clean Energy Institute (CEI) »
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.
PI/Director: Daniel T. Schwartz. Contact: 206-543-7544 | uwcei@uw.edu.

Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) »
A federally-funded partnership between UW, Oregon State University, and University of Alaska Fairbanks. NNMREC's mission is to facilitate commercialization of marine energy technology, inform regulatory and policy decisions, and close key gaps in scientific understanding, with a focus on student growth and development.
PI/Director: Brian Polagye. Contact: 206-543-7544 | bpolagye@uw.edu.

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.
PI/Director: Tom Jarboe. Contact: 206-685-3427 | jarboe@aa.washington.edu.

Materials and Structures

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.
PI/Director: Mark Tuttle. Contact: 206-543-0299 | nelle@u.washington.edu.

Institute of Advanced Materials and Technology (i-AMT) »
Facilitates interdisciplinary research in photonics, electronics, and magnetic materials; materials for energy generation and storage; biomaterials for the bio-nano interface; and multifunctional composites.
PI/Director: Alex K-Y. Jen. Contact: hfong@u.washington.edu.

Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute (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.
UW representative and technical council member: J. Devin MacKenzie. Contact: jdmacken@uw.edu.

See also: Collaborative Center for Advanced Manufacturing under Aerospace Engineering.


Molecular Engineering, Nanotechnology, and Microfabrication

Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute »
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.
PI/Director: Patrick Stayton. Contact: 206-616-6627 | MolES@uw.edu.

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure »
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. NNCI is a center for innovation for making, measuring, modeling, and mentoring to advance the use of nanotechnology in science and society. 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.
PI/Director: Karl F Böhringer. Contact: 206-685-1701 | karlb@uw.edu.

Washington Nanofabrication Facility »
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.
PI/Director: Karl F. Böhringer. Contact: mff-info@engr.washington.edu.

See also: Collaborative Center for Advanced Manufacturing under Aerospace Engineering.


Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR) »
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.
PI/Director: Mark Haselkorn. Contact: 206-543-2577 | markh@uw.edu.

Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans) »
A Regional University Transportation Center (UTC) administered by the United States Department of Transportation; a hub for transportation research and education in the Pacific Northwest.
PI/Director: Yinhai Wang. Contact: 206-685-0395 | pactrans@uw.edu.

Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Center (SCTL)  »
The 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 integrates in-depth consultation with industry and the public sector, transformative research, and executive education.
PI/Director: Anne Goodchild. Contact: 206-543-3747 | annegood@uw.edu.

Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC) »
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.
PI/Director: Mark Hallenbeck. Contact: 206-543-8690 | trac@uw.edu.

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