Category: Research Centers and Institutes

Power System Engineering Research Center

The electric power industry is evolving from its historical business structure. The vertically integrated utility of the past has been replaced by multiple players providing unbundled services using market-oriented decision-making. Challenges for success in this demanding business environment are being raised by new market structures and ways of doing business, new technologies, the demands of … Continue reading Power System Engineering Research Center

Analog and Mixed Signal VLSI Design Center

The Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI Design Center at Iowa State University was formed in 1988. Faculty members in the center focus on analog and mixed-signal VLSI design for biomedical, RF, microwave, fiber-optics, data conversion, testing layout and other applications. The center’s faculty bring extensive academic experience, broad industrial experience, and continued professional interactions into a … Continue reading Analog and Mixed Signal VLSI Design Center

Asteroid Deflection Research Center

The ADRC was established at Iowa State University in the Spring of 2008 to coordinate and lead a research effort to address the complex engineering and science issues for mitigating the impact threats from hazardous asteroids or comets.  Its specific mission goal is to develop the science, engineering, and technology needed to reliably deflect or … Continue reading Asteroid Deflection Research Center

Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability

The Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS) is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence for General Aviation.  The mission of PEGASAS is to enhance general aviation safety, accessibility, and sustainability by partnering the FAA with a national network of world-class researchers, educators and industry leaders.  Iowa State University is … Continue reading Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability

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)