Research Centers

The College boasts several advanced research centers. These centers concentrate on the manufacturing of composite materials; alternative energy technologies; and intelligent systems, control and robotics. In addition, each department maintains laboratories specializing in a variety of research areas. The College is committed, as evidenced with funding and facilities, to providing graduate students with intensive research opportunities. Currently, over $37 million in sponsored research is under multi-year contracts and annual expenditures for research are approximately $11 million.

In cooperation with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, the Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS) was established with a grant from the Office of Naval Research. The Center is a unique combination of research in electric power systems and controls with state-of-the-art modeling and simulation. These technologies are needed to meet the Navy’s goal for creating an all-electric warship. CAPS is the convergence of several technologies including a 5 million watts (5MW) test facility that can test large scale prototypes of power equipment and control systems. In addition, the Center has the largest university-based real time digital simulator in the United States that has the capability to simulate in real time the complex power grid that will be required on an all-electric warship. The research focus is on advanced modeling and simulation, electric power systems, advanced controls and advanced power conversion equipment, and high temperature superconducting devices.

The only facility of its kind in the United States and one of only nine in the world, the National High Magnet Field Laboratory develops and operates high magnetic field facilities that scientists use for research in physics, biology, bioengineering, chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry, materials science, and engineering. It is the largest and highest powered magnet laboratory in the world, outfitted with the world's most comprehensive assortment of high-performing magnet systems.

Students and faculty in the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering department work with the Institute of Molecular Biophysics (IMB). The IMB has a long history as a unique interdisciplinary research unit dedicated to the application of physical and chemical principles to the investigation of biological phenomena. In recent years, the Institute of Molecular Biophysics has developed Structural Biology as a new research emphasis. Structural Biology is oriented toward using interdisciplinary approaches and state-of-the-art technology to investigate the structural basis for biological function and dynamics. With Structural Biology as a general focus, students and faculty work in labs with research programs ranging from physical characterization of biopolymers to genetic engineering.

Research Centers, Institutes and Labs