Research Centers, Institutes & Facilities
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering is at the forefront of engineering education and innovative technological advancements and development. Home to or affiliated with more than a dozen research centers and experimental facilities, the Samueli School generates leading-edge, interdisciplinary scientific research and technology.
Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) provides education, research and development, beta testing and demonstration to bring new energy, transportation, smart grid and sustainable community design technologies to market. Research is supported by the National Fuel Cell Research Center, the UC Irvine Combustion Laboratory, the Beta Testing and Demonstration Laboratories and the Pacific Rim Consortium on Combustion, Energy and the Environment.
Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, affiliated with the UCI School of Medicine, is an important unit in the Samueli School’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. The multi-disciplinary center for research, teaching, clinical medicine and technology transfer has developed technologies that have had a major impact on cutaneous disease and treatment, cellular micromanipulation, intraluminal endoscopic imaging, functional imaging of cells and thick tissues, targeted phototherapies and multi-modality imaging.
Calit2 (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology) is one of four Institutes for Science and Innovation formed by the state to reside within the University of California. Calit2 is a multidisciplinary research institute that integrates academic research with industry experience to develop innovative approaches to information technology.
Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). Its mission is to develop design tools and manufacturing technologies for integrated microfludics targeting cost-effective, quick and easy assessment of the environment, agriculture and human health.
Center for Embedded Computer Systems (CECS) focuses on the emerging theory and technology of embedded systems. The center emphasizes research and development of automotive, medical and communications applications.
Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) was established to improve hydrologic prediction through development and refinement of hydrologic models and use of advanced observations, particularly from remote-sensing sources.
Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing (CPCC) facilitates research in emerging communications technologies that will dramatically change the way people access and use information. The need for ubiquitous communications – to anywhere at any time – results in many challenges in communications and information theory, signal processing, systems, circuits and networking. CPCC conducts fundamental research in these areas with the goal of pushing technological limits to their extremes.
The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, founded in 2007 with a $5 million endowed gift from Edwards Lifesciences Corp., is a multidisciplinary center that focuses on heart and vascular diseases and advanced cardiovascular device technology, with strong collaboration among students, faculty and experts in the cardiovascular field.
FABWorks is a new facility that reinvents the way people create and innovate. It is one of the nations first “Make Labs” on a University Campus. FABWorks, located in the Calit2 building offers a space where students, faculty and the community can design and fabricate 'almost' anything. Users have access to a host of machines and services: personal digital fabrication systems, entrepreneurship services, IP development, business plan development, market analysis, and even global manufacturing services.
Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility (INRF) is a world-class facility dedicated to the research and development of technology for integrated micro- and nanosystems through multidisciplinary research, education and outreach.
Institute of Transportation Studies has the fundamental goal of stimulating interdisciplinary research on contemporary transportation issues. ITS research involves faculty and students from the Samueli School, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Social Ecology, The Paul Merage School of Business, the School of Law, the Program in Public Health and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. ITS is also part of the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC), one of 10 federally designated centers for transportation research and education, and a member of the Council of University Transportation Centers.
The Laboratory for Electron and X-ray Instrumentation (LEXI), which consists of Calit2 Microscopy Center and Materials Characterization Center (MC2), is a university-wide shared user facility, focusing on the investigation of crystal structure, surface topography, materials microstructure and chemical microanalysis. LEXI offers a wide range of materials characterization instrumentation and techniques, including 3D light microscopy, 3D vibrometer and surface metrology, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focus ion beam (FIB), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), together with a comprehensive specimen preparation facility.
Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics (LFD), a national research resource center for biomedical fluorescence spectroscopy, provides a state-of-the-art laboratory for fluorescence measurements with technical assistance to local, national and international visiting scientists.
The National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) is commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission. It provides national leadership in the development and deployment of stationary and mobile fuel cell power-generation technologies; provides a forum for fuel cell technology research, development and market deployment; and seeks to form strategic partnerships among stakeholders in the fuel cell community.
UCI Combustion Laboratory addresses the challenges associated with the combustion of alternative and fossil fuels. The lab develops and applies advanced experimental capabilities, including specialized test rigs, and laser- and conventional diagnostics; numerical tools; and statistically designed testing to problems of practical relevance.
Water-Energy Nexus Center promotes comprehensive and trans-disciplinary approaches to water efficiency, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas reduction in an urban environment with a diverse, rapidly growing population.