Centers & Institutes


Much of the research conducted within engineering takes place in dedicated research centers and institutes whose resources and equipment are uniquely adapted to a particular discipline. Engineering faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates participate in advanced, multidisciplinary research with peers from other colleges and schools across campus within primarily the following centers and institutes.

The SoE has taken the lead to support the university in working with industry to establish impactful partnerships at the UConn Technology Park Innovation Partnership Building (IPB). The goal is to make the IPB the gateway for industry collaborations across the university. Engineering-led industrial partnerships, listed below, have brought $80M to UConn’s IPB/ TechPark in the past five years, thereby enabling a successful IPB launch in September 2018.

Connecticut Cybersecurity Center (C3)

Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation
est. 2014, industry investment $7M

Connecticut Advanced Computing Center (CACC)
The Connecticut Advanced Computing Center (CACC) leverages the synergies existing in CHEST, CSI, and VoTeR to investigate, develop, promote, and nurture the best hardware and software based security practices for indispensible defense and commercial (e.g., insurance, telecommunications) application domains and, in particular, for emerging fields such as mobile device security.

Center for Cleaner Energy Engineering
est. 2001, UConn’s School of Engineering, Connecticut Innovations, Inc., $3.5 million in a challenge endowment from the Clean Energy Fund, to be matched by funding from private industry and UConn

Synchrony Financial Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity
est. 2017, initial industry investment $2.2M

VoTeR: Center for Voting Technology Research est. 2006, state investment approx. $500K annually

Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center (CTSRC)
est. 2012, $21.8M total investment, ~$21M from state and federal government Enterprise Solution Center

Connecticut Transportation Institute (CTI)
The Connecticut Transportation Institute (CTI) operates within the UConn School of Engineering and serves as a focal point for transportation-related research at the university and training throughout the state.

Connecticut Manufacturing Simulation Center

Quiet Corner Innovation Cluster

Proof of Concept Center These centers were established in 2016 with $2M support from the Economic Development Adminstration and Connecticut Innovations.

Eversource Energy Center
Est. 2015, industry investment $10M. An additional $7M investment is expected in 2018.

Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation (CEI)
Est. 2013, industry/ state investment $6M

National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology (NIUVT)
Est. 2018 in collaboration with URI, Electric Boat, and NUWC, $5M initial federal support expected in 2018.

Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center
Est. 2013, industry investment $7M

Reverse Engineering Fabrication Inspection & Non-Destructive Evaluation (REFINE)
Est. 2017, industry investment $5.5M

UConn Thermo Fisher Scientific Center for Advanced Microscopy and Materials Analysis (CAMMA)
Est. 2014, industry investment $12.7M

UTC Aerospace Systems Center for Advanced Materials
Est. 2016, industry investment $1.4M

UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering
Est. 2013, industry investment $10M


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Centers & Institutes