Research drives excellence in the College of Engineering by serving as a magnet to attract and retain outstanding faculty and students. Indeed, engineering research will play a transformational role in determining the well being of our planet and the prosperity of its people. We continuously strive to be leaders in transforming the results of scientific research into engineering accomplishment, creating new solutions to society’s problems; an effort that requires a seamless integration of fundamental science and engineering practice.
Our research activities are organized around five signature areas: Biosciences & Engineering, Energy Sciences & Technology, Critical Infrastructure, Information & Decision Sciences, and Sustainability. These are all highly interdisciplinary areas that cut across fields as diverse as molecular biology, quantum physics, energy, marketing, psychology, atmospheric and plant sciences, and medicine.
We have outstanding facilities in the areas of bioengineering, materials science, virtual reality, and high performance computing. In addition to being affiliated with academic departments, our researchers are associated with more than 60 research centers and institutes. Additionally, a number of our faculty are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory.
To maximize our ability to engage in research that addresses important national and international needs, we must configure ourselves in a seamless, interdisciplinary environment that builds upon our strengths, yet enables us to extend our reach beyond the traditional intellectual boundaries. To this end, ERI staff nurture and support multi-disciplinary faculty teams involving collaborators from across the College, the University and other institutions. We provide comprehensive support to our faculty throughout the whole process of team building, complex proposal development and submission, and post award execution.