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Research Centers/Institutes

Members of the Cullen College of Engineering faculty are affiliated with the following University of Houston research facilities. Those facilities indicated with an asterisk (*) are based in the college.

  • The Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) addresses research and development of advanced materials and their fundamental science while maintaining a strong applications focus. CAM develops new materials leading to technologies of importance to the nation’s scientific and technological programs in its industry-academia-government partnership. CAM R&D is focused in the areas of energy materials: photovoltaics, fuel cells, supercapacitors; in nanoelectronics materials: graphene and resistive memory; and in materials at the physical-biological interface: bio sensors. CAM moves these and other materials advances into technologies which in partnership with industry are brought to the commercial sector for economic and social benefit.

  • The mission of the Center for Electromagnetic Compatibility is to support EMC research and education projects with a goal of developing the knowledge base, tools and people necessary to solve today's EMC problems and address the EMC problems of the future. This center is funded by the National Science Foundation and includes members from University of Houston, Missouri S&T, Clemson University and the University of Oklahoma.

  • CIGMAT was established in 1994 as an industry-university consortium due to growing demand from industry for better management of information on grouts and grout applications. Ongoing research projects include rehabilitation of wastewater facilities, a new generation of deep foundations, and new pipes and materials.

  • Research in the Center for Integrated Bio and Nano Systems covers a range of topics related to the development and applications of novel magnetic materials and devices at nanoscale dimensions. These include nanomagnetic materials and devices directly related to the current and future magnetic storage technologies such as disk drive storage and probe storage based on MEMS, magnetic random access memory (MRAM), and magnetic cellular logic (QCA).

  • This center is the successor of the Cognitive Science Initiative, and its primary mission is to conduct basic and applied research in neuro-engineering and cognitive science. Other important objectives include the education of students in a multi-disciplinary approach to topics relevant to neuro-engineering and cognitive science and the continuation and fostering of research alliances with the Houston and Galveston educational institutions and medical centers.

  • The Composites Engineering and Applications Center (CEAC) for Petroleum Exploration and Production at the University of Houston was established in 1994 through a joint initiative of U.S. petroleum companies and the U.S. Minerals Management Service. Members recognize the potential enabling technical and life-cycle cost benefits of composite materials in onshore and offshore operations. Of special current interest are structural components such as risers, tethers and spoolable sub-sea flow lines for deep water applications where present materials may have performance and economic limitations.

  • The Southwest Public Safety Technology Center (SWTC) is a collaborative effort on the part of the Cullen College of Engineering and the Sheriffs' Association of Texas (SAT). SWTC is made possible through a congressionally-mandated grant administered by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Office of Science & Technology. SWTC's Mission is to develop integrated technology solutions for the public safety and homeland security community in keeping with our nation's move toward an integrated homeland security infrastructure, including, but not limited to critical infrastructure (seaport, airport and other public utilities) protection and security, interoperable communications, intelligent transportation, emergency health services, incident command, and mass evacuation.

  • The Texas Center for Clean Emissions, Engines & Fuels is a heavy-duty diesel vehicle emissions testing laboratory. Capabilities range from bench scale reactor testing of emerging emission reduction technologies through chassis dynamometer testing of heavy-duty diesel vehicles.

  • TcSUH is a large multidisciplinary university-based superconductivity and advanced materials research center, with over 200 faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, housed in the Houston Science Center and several other buildings on the University of Houston campus