Research Centers

Contact the Program Director for information on Research Opportunities within the Center.

CBRE labCenter for Biomechanical & Rehabilitation Engineering (CBRE)

The CBRE lab is focused on studying human mobility (including balance, posture and gait) for unimpaired as well as impaired populations.

Program Director: Dr. Lara Thompson,



Center of Climate Change Analytics

To train students to become transformative leaders in workforce, government and beyond to address emerging contemporary issues of climate change; and to advance our basic understanding and developing solutions to address the impacts of climate change on communities, ecosystems and urban infrastructure through the application of game theory.

Center of Excellence for Acoustic and Seismic Sensing of Urban Environments

Promotes and conducts high-level interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in acoustic and seismic remote sensing of urban environments.

Program Director: Dr. Max Denis,


Center of Excellence for Renewable Energy (CERE)

Offers solutions through research, innovation, analysis, partners, and people. Provides hands-on experience in building innovative renewable energy systems to serve urgent national and international needs for electric service to electrify remote (off-grid) as well as grid-connected areas.

Program Director: Dr. Amir Shahirinia


CAMSTAR labNASA-MIRO: Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Space Technology & Applied Research at UDC (CAM-STAR)

The Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Space Technology & Applied Research (CAM-STAR) at the UDC will focus on research investigating various advanced manufacturing (AM) techniques and their application in Space Exploration Technology and Research.

Program Director: Dr. Jiajun Xu,



NIH C06: Specialized Technological Center For Assistive Rehabilitation Research (STAR)

The STAR Center will create an environment that fosters research-driven specialized technological services focused on biomechanical and rehabilitation engineering-related research.


CNRE labNSF-CREST: Center for Nanotechnology Research and Education (CNRE)

The CNRE uses UDC faculty’s core expertise in nanotechnology to establish a nationally recognized center of excellence to realize UDC’s goals of supporting B.S., M.S., Ph.D., and Postdoctoral level research and professional development.

Program Director: Dr. Pawan Tyagi,




SEAS Research Center

The SEAS Research Center performs research for large and small companies, government agencies, and organizations focused on solving engineering problems in partnership with SEAS.

Center Director: Dr. Paul Cotae,


Additive Manufacturing Post Processing Partnership (AMP3)

AMP3 is a consortium of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Industry Partners led by the UDC Mechanical Engineering department.



NIST-PREP Professional Research Experience Program (PREP-UDC)

UDC student research assistants participate in research at NIST Gaithersburg to receive mentorship, training, and exposure to cutting-edge research and development efforts.