Research areas that have earned national prominence

Engineered Surfaces, Coatings, Tribology, and Lubrication

A multi-client Center for Surface Engineering and Lubrication Research (CSELR) is being developed that leverages the recently announced Timken Engineered Surfaces Laboratory at UA.

Advanced Energy and Transportation Systems

This includes research in filters, CO2 capture, fuel cells, water purification, green materials, smart grids, transportation safety. Many of these efforts are housed within the Center for Advanced Vehicles and Energy Systems (CAVES).


Over $24M funding from DoD over the last 3 years resulting in the creation of the National Center for Education and Research in Corrosion and Materials Performance, the only BS Program in the US in Corrosion Engineering, and the start of a high-profile research program with partners in the US and around the world.

Bioengineering, Biomaterials, and Biomechanics

This supports the biomedical corridor being developed in Cleveland/Akron area and significantly supports ABIA, local hospitals and the regional biomedical industry.  The College has hired many faculty members in this area, who are now starting to attract significant NIH and NSF funding (2 NSF CAREER awards last year).

Sensors, Smart Systems/Infrastructure, and Health Monitoring

The College received over $2 million from the Ohio Third Frontier program and another $1 million from DOE in this area, and is actively working with many small regional companies helping them move their products to market. The College has a rich history on working on infrastructure health monitoring projects and is expanding these efforts.

Metallurgy, Material Science, and Manufacturing

This is a NE Ohio strength with a rich history in metals and manufacturing. NE Ohio has over 13,000 manufacturing companies, and the College would like to provide support to them, which is in line with the state’s and MAGNET’s vision for the region.