Research Centers

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

Center 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, lara.thompson@udc.edu

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, max.denis@udc.edu

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 amir.shahirinia@udc.edu

NASA-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, jiajun.xu@udc.edu

NSF-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, ptyagi@udc.edu

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, pcotae@udc.edu

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.