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.

  • The National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC), commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission to provide national leadership in the development and deployment of stationary and mobile fuel cell power generation technologies, provides a forum for fuel cell technology research, fuel cell development and market deployment and the formation of strategic
     
  • UCI Combustion Laboratory is addressing the challenges associated with the combustion of alternative and fossil fuels by developing and applying advanced experimental capabilities including specialized test rigs, laser and conventional diagnostics; numerical tools; and statistically designed testing, to problems of practical relevance.

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) has a goal to facilitate 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 different areas of communications, information theory, signal processing, systems, circuits and networking. CPCC conducts fundamental research in these areas with the goal of pushing the technological limits as far as possible.

The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, founded in 2007 with a $5 million endowed gift from Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, supports 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.

Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility (INRF), 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.

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.

Micro/Nano Fluidics Fundamentals Focus Center (MF3) brings together 20 leading micro-and nano-fluidics professors from 12 universities nationwide to advance the basic science and applications of a field seen as key to creating a vast array of new technologies. With scientists representing the disciplines of biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and chemistry, MF3 research is expected to apply to many areas including health care, electronics, and environmental and food monitoring.

Urban Water Research Center brings together faculty from many of the schools and programs on campus to advance understanding of the urban water environment and to help promote health, improve efficient use of water resources and protect the environment. UWRC focuses on innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to water scarcity and reliability locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.