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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Research

Centers, Institutes, and Laboratories

The Voiland College is uniting the best minds across disciplines and addressing ambitious goals. Researchers are conducting important work in the areas of advanced materials, air and water resources, sustainable infrastructure, catalysis, and the smart electric power grid.

Faculty Senate-approved CILs

Centers, institutes, or laboratories (CILs) are organized units devoted to research, scholarly, and creative activities. CILs are developed and require approval by cognizance college administrators and the Faculty Senate.

Alexandra Navrotsky Institute for Experimental Thermodynamics
Working to understand the fundamental and general reaction mechanisms on surfaces and in pores for rational design and synthesis of nanostructured materials with unique functionality and high performance.

Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO)
Applying innovative technologies and management tools to the challenges of global climate change and environmental sustainability.

Energy Systems Innovation Center (ESIC)
Uniting research faculty, business leaders, and governmental organizations to address the demand for clean, reliable energy, including using Smart Grid technology to make the power system more efficient, responsive, and secure.

Institute for Materials Research (IMR)
Finding interdisciplinary answers to advanced materials science problems.

Institute for Shock Physics (ISP)
Examining and understanding physical and chemical changes in solids and liquids under very rapid and large compressions.

Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR)
Conducting air quality research, emphasizing biosphere/atmosphere interactions and regional air quality measurements and modeling.

Smart Environments Research Center (SERC)
Making the environments in which we live and work safer, healthier and more productive through advanced data analytics and adaptive systems.

Sports Science Laboratory (SSL)
Investigating the dynamics of bat and ball collisions to help regulating agencies better understand equipment performance through experimental testing and numeric models.

State of Washington Water Research Center (WRC)
Conducting and facilitating applied water-related research, educating future water professionals, and connecting the academic community, water resource managers, and water stakeholders.

WSU-PNNL Advanced Grid Institute
Enhancing the resilience of the power grid to withstand all hazards, including natural disasters and malicious threats.

WSU-PNNL Bioproducts Institute
Combining comprehensive analytic tools with plant sciences, biotechnology, catalysis, and materials science to create innovative, economical, and environmentally friendly, engineered, bio-based materials and value-added chemicals.

Other Affiliates

Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2)
Promoting industry-wide acceptance of bioplastics and increase the use of sustainable materials.

Composite Materials & Engineering Center (CMEC)
Developing new building materials from recycled and virgin resources, as well as innovative structural systems.

Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM)
Providing the organizational framework to stimulate innovation in the use of earth abundant materials within an established and emerging industrial sector.

National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension (TriDurLE)
Working to maintain longer-lasting transportation infrastructure and to preserve a durable and resilient transportation system.

Washington Center for Asphalt Technology (WCAT)
Developing innovative, economical, and reliable technologies for highway and airport pavements

Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
Coordinating transportation research efforts — both state and commercial, public and private — and developing research opportunities both nationally and locally.

Schools and Departments

Learn about work being done by research groups in Voiland College’s schools and departments.