Nationally Recognized Research Centers

As a leading public research university and a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, Rutgers values research as a key tool in education and discovery. The School of Engineering’s world-renowned research centers foster advancements in technology, industry, and society. Undergraduates actively participate in funded research projects alongside faculty members and graduate students.

Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)

A USDOT-designated University Transportation Center (UTC) since 1998, CAIT is active in Transportation Infrastructure Systems education, research, and technology transfer in the critical areas of safety, mobility, economic growth, human and natural environments, and national security. The focus of the center is on implementation of advanced and cutting edge technologies for efficient maintenance and operation of multi-model transportation infrastructure systems in heavily used corridors.

Center for Ceramic, Composite and Optical Materials (CCOMC)

CCOMC conducts research in a broad area of ceramic and particulate science, engineering and technology to develop the fundamental understanding required to realize the potential of advanced ceramic and composite materials in emerging applications.

The Center consists of the Energy Storage Research Group and the Advanced Power Prototype Laboratories. It is an interdisciplinary group consisting of faculty and an equal mix of professional staff, graduate and undergraduate students. Our charter is the development and understanding of next generation energy storage materials and energy storage devices. Batteries are extremely complex devices with fundamental electronic transport phenomena on par with the field of semiconductors and ionic transport phenomena with similarity to physiological processes. 

For more information contact Glenn Amatucci.

Engineering Research Center – Structured Organic Particulate Systems (ERC-CSOPS)

This National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Engineering Research Center (ERC), which brings together a cross-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists from four major universities including Purdue University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and Rutgers, works closely with industry leaders and the FDA to improve the way pharmaceuticals, foods and agriculture products are manufactured. The center focuses on advancing the scientific foundation for the optimal design of SOPS with advanced functionality while developing the methodologies for their active control and manufacturing.

Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP)

The three mid-Atlantic states of New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia and their leading research universities have been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate a test site to integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace. In forming the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, Rutgers University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Maryland are among six test sites established to introduce the safe and responsible use of unmanned aerial vehicles in primary growth areas including agriculture, utility, and emergency response applications, among others.

Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB)

WINLAB was founded at Rutgers in 1989. A collaborative industry and university research center, its mission is advance the development of wireless networking technology by combing the resources of government, industry and academia. The center’s educational mission is to train the next generation of wireless technologists via graduate research programs that are relevant to industry.