Academic Centers and Institutes are essential components of the academic, research, and service mission of the University of the District of Columbia. Centers and Institutes can traverse the boundaries of departments and colleges. They play an essential role in enabling multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs and are a necessary part of the University’s infrastructure.

Centers and Institutes have the potential for strengthening disciplinary programs by providing interdisciplinary course work, offering experiential and service-learning opportunities, facilitating certificate programs, supporting degree programs, enabling high levels of research productivity, and providing external visibility for the University. Because Centers and Institutes are meant to be flexible units, their scope, mission, and size vary considerably. Further, it must also be recognized that Center and Institute activities can be limited within the boundaries of a single department or a single College or School. They can reach across several Colleges and Schools at UDC.

UDC’s various academic centers and institutes offer cross-discipline learning, instructional support, research programs, forums, and community services.

College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences


The Center for Nutrition, Diet, and Health (CNDH) offers high-quality, research-based community outreach programs

CSDR provides relevant and innovative applied research and education to students, District residents

To expand academic and public knowledge of sustainable farming techniques that improve food and water security.

CURES focuses on the Washington, DC metropolitan area, but strive for innovative solutions that can be implemented in cities worldwide.

Mission is to preserve the independence of District of Columbia residents, and to support low-income and disabled people 60 years old


Lillie Monroe-Lord

Acting: Kamran Zendehdel

Che Axum

Acting: Matthew Richardson

Bushan Kulkarni

College of Arts and Science


Mission towards strengthening community resilience and capacity building to address undermining destabilizing factors.


Angelyn Flowers

UDC School of Business and Public Administration


LIT Analytics Center’s mission is to provide STEM-Business focused Logistics and International Trade curriculum


Dr. Anshu Arora (Center Director and NSF Grant PI)
Dean Mo Sepehri (Center Advisor and NSF Grant Co-PI)
Dr. Amit Arora (Co-Director and NSF grant Co-PI)
Dr. Pradeep Behera (Co-Director and NSF grant Co-PI)
Dr. Lei Wang (Co-Director and NSF grant Co-PI)

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)


Research in the area of advanced manufacturing

Promote and conduct research in acoustic and seismic remote sensing of urban environments

For innovation in the rapidly growing area of renewable energy resources


Dr. Pawan Tyagi

Dr. Max Denis

Dr. Amir Shahirinia

Education and research in the area of Nanotechnology

Dr. Pawan Tyagi

Research, education and outreach involving students in the area of Space related technologies

Research on human mobility for unimpaired and impaired populations

High technology student training

Dr. Jiajun Xu

Dr. Lara Thompson

Dr. Kate Klein

Provide real life challenges to students, faculty staff by industry partnerships through projects, research, courses & symposia

Dr. Paul Cotae

WRRI is to provide the District of Columbia with interdisciplinary research support that identifies water resource issues and contributes to solutions

Tolessa Deksissa