Category: Other ISU Research Center/Institute

Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team

The Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team (BBRT), established in 1995, promotes research in the development of biorenewable polymers from Midwest crops, encourages bioplastics in industry, and works towards new formulations and processing techniques.  We work with plant-based oils, proteins, adhesives, and composites. Our team is focused on four major research areas:  biobased polymers, protein-based plastics, … Continue reading Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team

Human Computer Interaction Initiative

The study of the relationship between humans and computers has quickly become one of the most dynamic and significant fields of technical investigation. Iowa State University’s graduate program in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is an established leader in this rapidly changing field, making strategic investments to accelerate research, attract talented students and faculty, and expand … Continue reading Human Computer Interaction Initiative

Virtual Reality Applications Center

The Virtual Reality Application Center (VRAC) is an interdisciplinary research center focused on the rapidly expanding interface between humans and computers.  The VRAC is administered by the Institute for Physical Research and Technology at Iowa State University.  Our research centers around computer interfaces that integrate virtual environments, wireless networking, pervasive computing, and emerging user interface … Continue reading Virtual Reality Applications Center

Seed Science Center

A national center of excellence in seed research, education and technology transfer.  It operates the largest public seed laboratory in the world and administrates the new National Seed Health System.  The center also is a leader in international seed programs and has conducted programs in 70 countries in the last 12 years. Website URL:

Plant Sciences Institute

Ernst Rutherford is attributed with saying “Biology is akin to postage stamp collecting” (1903).  This quote reflects the sentiment that Biology is a descriptive science without predictive models.  With a few notable exceptions, e.g., Population Genetics, most biological sub-disciplines continue to be largely descriptive.  In the last 20 years collaborations involving biologists, engineers and informaticists … Continue reading Plant Sciences Institute

National Animal Disease Center

It is the mission of NADC to conduct basic and applied research on selected diseases of economic importance to the U.S. livestock and poultry industries.  The goals of the research mission are to produce knowledge and technology to reduce economic losses from infectious, genetic, and metabolic diseases to the livestock and poultry industries and the … Continue reading National Animal Disease Center

Microelectronics Research Center

The Microelectronics Research Center develops and characterizes advanced semiconductor materials, devices, and processing technology.  The Center researches and develops new semiconducting materials and technology for the next generation of electronic and photonic devices, interacts with industry in the commercialization of these new technologies, and provides a state-of-the-art learning laboratory.  The primary goal is to accomplish … Continue reading Microelectronics Research Center

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center is a research and education center with statewide programs to develop sustainable agricultural practices that both are profitable and conserve natural resources. It was established under the Groundwater Protection Act of 1987 with a three-fold mission: (1) to conduct research into the negative impacts of agricultural practices; (2) to assist in developing … Continue reading Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics

Faculty in the Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics engage in research to develop computational, graphical, statistical, mathematical, or algorithmic methods to interpret or mine information from biological data; apply quantitative approaches in biology; and bridge separate experimental biology areas with creative computational approaches.  Data can originate from molecular, cellular, anatomical, physiological, population, ecological, and … Continue reading Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics

Iowa Water Center

The Iowa Water Center coordinates and administers an interdisciplinary, statewide program in water resources research.  It administers the research funds received from the U.S. Department of the Interior, as made available through the Water Resources Research Act of 1983, and from the State of Iowa.  Funds received from private, state, and federal sources are allocated … Continue reading Iowa Water Center

Iowa Space Grant Consortium

The ISGC is part of the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, authorized by Congress in 1987. The ISGC was formed in 1990 by the three Regents’ universities (Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa) and now includes Drake University, as well as affiliates from government, industry … Continue reading Iowa Space Grant Consortium

Iowa Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology

The Iowa Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology at Iowa State University was established in 2007.  From offices located in the College of Veterinary Medicine, ICAN supports an interdisciplinary membership with primary research efforts in neurotoxicology. As an emerging research specialty, neurotoxicology bridges not only the fields of toxicology and neuroscience, but also touches on a variety … Continue reading Iowa Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology

Institute for Transportation (InTrans)

This Institute is a focal point at ISU for efforts to promote transportation education, research and extension activities.  It includes 8 centers and 4 programs that address various aspects of transportation infrastructure .  Programs and activities at In Trans address policy, planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance aspects of transportation systems with a focus on … Continue reading Institute for Transportation (InTrans)

Geographic Information Systems

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Support and Research Facility supports GIS services in research and education at Iowa State University and outreach to the citizens of Iowa. The facility provides hardware, software, and technical services for research use in GIS-related projects.  The facility also provides support and periodic training for GIS software products as well … Continue reading Geographic Information Systems

Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies

Through its research, education and outreach programs, the Center for Sustainable Environment Technologies (CSET) seeks to promote, develop, and demonstrated sustainable energy and environmental technologies, particularly those that address environmentally driven problems in energy utilization.  The center especially concentrates on thermochemical technologies that convert carbonaceous solid fuels into heat, power, and liquid fuels.  CSET organizes … Continue reading Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies

Center for Plant Transformation

The Center for Plant Transformation (CPT) was designed to promote research advancements and foster research and training collaborations among its members. The CPT strives to develop, adapt, and/or evaluate novel technologies for plant transformation and gene expression and to teach and train students, postdoctoral scientists, and technical staff in transformation and gene expression technologies. Goals … Continue reading Center for Plant Transformation

Center for Plant Genomics

The Center for Plant Genomics (CPG) conducts research and provides graduate education at the frontiers of structural and functional genomics. The CPG was designed to promote research advancements and foster collaborations among its members.  The CPG provides technical support for research projects that require high-throughput data collection and analysis (e.g. large-scale EST sequencing, mRNA and … Continue reading Center for Plant Genomics

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation

The Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) develops noninvasive methods and instruments for assessing the integrity of structures and materials.  The Center’s mission is to pursue research that defines underlying principles of nondestructive evaluation technologies and to transfer those technologies to industry, promoting the integration of nondestructive evaluation with other disciplines so that a product’s lifetime … Continue reading Center for Nondestructive Evaluation

Center for Integrated Animal Genomics

The Center for Integrated Animal Genomics (CIAG) at Iowa State University (ISU) comprises an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students using integrated systems-wide genomics approaches to address current and future challenges and opportunities in animal agriculture and human health.  Scientists at the Center work to identify, map and understand the function and control of genes … Continue reading Center for Integrated Animal Genomics

Center for Crops Utilization Research

The Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) is responding to the urgent need to improve American agricultural competitiveness by developing new products, markets, and processing techniques, as well as by improving our understanding of the basic properties of agricultural products and their components.  Its broad mission includes expanding the market for Midwestern products by developing … Continue reading Center for Crops Utilization Research

Center for Catalysis

The Center for Catalysis, or CCAT, is a research and education organization focusing on “green chemistry,” which refers to environmentally benign chemical processes.  These often occur at room temperatures and ordinary pressures, and use water, preferably, as a solvent.  They require less expenditure of energy, occur more rapidly, and produce significantly fewer unwanted byproducts than … Continue reading Center for Catalysis

Center for Building Energy Research

The Center for Building Energy Research (CBER) focuses on efficient and renewable energy technology issues related to buildings.  Center research activities include developing new technologies and improving existing technologies to reduce energy consumption while maintaining performance and productivity.  Endeavors to reduce energy consumption include improving the efficiency of HVAC systems and industrial processes, improving indoor … Continue reading Center for Building Energy Research

Bridge Engineering Center

The Bridge Engineering Center at Iowa State University was established in 1988. The center’s mission is to conduct research on bridge technologies to help bridge designers/owners, particularly the Iowa Department of Transportation Office of Bridges and Structures, design, build, and maintain long-lasting bridges. Website URL:

Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products

The Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP) was established to provide independent, unbiased, and science-based evaluation of the risks and benefits of genetically modified agricultural products.  The institute also provides strategies for mitigating the risks to safeguard consumers and the environment.  It communicates the results of these activities to key policy and regulatory … Continue reading Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products

Bioeconomy Institute

The Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) is an outgrowth of the Bioeconomy Initiative — a campuswide effort, launched in 2002, to investigate the use of biorenewable resources as sustainable feedstocks for producing chemicals, fuels, materials, and energy.  Today, the BEI has over 160 faculty affiliated members who contribute to the Bioeconomy Initiative with over $60 million in … Continue reading Bioeconomy Institute

BioCentury Research Farm

The BioCentury Research Farm is the first-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing.  Biomass includes both lignocellulosic crops and grain.  This facility presents a unique opportunity for industry collaboration.  It will accelerate innovation and production capacity associated with biobased fuels, chemicals, and products.  Collaborations for developing sustainable technologies will provide … Continue reading BioCentury Research Farm

Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy

The Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory devoted to “creating materials and energy solutions”.  Established in the 1940s with the successful development of the most efficient process to produce high-purity uranium metal for atomic energy, the Ames Lab now pursues a much broader portfolio that has given it … Continue reading Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy