College Research Centers
The College of Engineering and Polymer Science maintains a rich network of centers, institutes, and research labs that combine faculty expertise with industry partnerships and student learning.
Akron Functional Materials Center
Director: Dr. Yu Zhu
Directed by Dr. Yu Zhu, the focus of The Akron Functional Materials Center is to drive polymer innovations to achieve commercialization. The current themes associated with the research clusters are biomaterials, coatings and adhesives, 3-D printing, polymer assembly, and energy/electronic.
Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC)
Directors: Dr. Peter Niewiarowski, Dr. Ali Dhinojwala, Dr. Christopher M. Miller, P.E., and Matthew Kolodziej
The Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center as an internationally recognized leader in the rapidly growing field of biomimicry. BRIC is dedicated to connecting artists, businesspeople, designers, engineers, and scientists to advance biomimicry-based innovation. Members develop curricula, promote awareness of biomimicry, and accelerate innovation in partnership with with Great Lakes Biomimicry.
Center for Advanced Vehicles and Energy Systems (CAVES)
Directors: Dr. J. Alexis De Abreu Garcia and Dr. Yilmaz Sozer
The mission of The Center for Advanced Vehicles and Energy Systems is to be a leader in the creation of sustainable and clean energy sources, and to facilitate the adoption of these technologies. Specific expertise can be found in the areas of power electronics, charging stations, battery management, bidirectional grid-interfaces, motor design, motor drives, hybrid and electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar energy, fuel cells, energy harvesting, control systems, and wireless embedded networked sensor design.
Center for Precision Manufacturing (CPM)
Director: Dr. Siamak Farhad
In partnership with The Timken Co., Swagelok, and Schaeffler Group USA, The Center for Precision Manufacturing is a research center focused around developing new finishing technologies for the manufacturing industry.
Center for Surface Engineering and Lubrication Research (CSELR)
Director: Dr. Gary L. Doll
Led by Dr. Gary Doll, the Center for Surface Engineering and Lubrication Research is focused on solving complex friction, wear, and corrosion problems for government and industry through fundamental science and technological innovations in tribology, lubrication, and surface engineering.
Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe)
Director: Dr. Shing-Chung "Josh" Wong
The University of Akron and The University of Virginia operate The Center for Tire Research, a consortium of tire and tire-related industry members who offer technical advancement in the areas of tire and tire related materials, tire physics (including modeling), testing, manufacturing, and sustainability.
Coalescence Filtration Nanofibers Consortium (CFNC)
Director: Dr. Sadhan C. Jana
The research of The Coalescence Filtration Nanofibers Consortium, directed by Dr. George Chase, centers on the performance coalescence filters and design of filter media, including the development and application of nanofibers.
Conquer Chiari Research Center (CCRC)
Director: Dr. Francis Loth
A cross-discipline team at The Conquer Chiari Research Center apply the latest engineering, biological and psychological techniques and analyses to improve diagnoses and treatment options for people living with the Chiari malformation.
FirstEnergy Advanced Energy Research Center
Director: Dr. Steven S.C. Chuang
Also known as The Chuang Research Group, lead by Dr. Steven S.C. Chaung, The FirstEnergy Advanced Energy Research Center researches CO2 capture and utilization, solid oxide fuel cells, natural gas utilization and storage, Li+/Al batteries, carbon-based functional materials, and photocatalysis to better understand the impact improved technologies have on our energy systems.
Institute for Biomedical Engineering Research (IBER)
Director: Dr. Francis Loth
The Institute promotes the growth and development of biomedical engineering research in medical devices and biomaterials in the Northeast Ohio region through collaboration with regional hospitals, industry, The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, NEOMED, and The University of Akron.
National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance (NCERCAMP)
Director: Dr. Scott Lillard
NCERCAMP draws from the expertise of more than 30 faculty members to provide corrosion and materials performance solutions to industry and government organizations. The center is home to a multimillion-dollar suite of equipment to provide research, testing and analysis in many ways.
National Polymer Innovation Center (NPIC)
The National Polymer Innovation Center offers solutions in pilot-scale processing, surface and structural analysis, physical and chemical characterization, and more.