Research Centers, Institutes & Facilities

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering is at the forefront of engineering education and innovative technological advancements and development. Home to or affiliated with more than a dozen research centers and experimental facilities, the Samueli School generates leading-edge, interdisciplinary scientific research and technology.

Advanced Casting Research Center (ACRC)

At the Advanced Casting Research Center (ACRC) we collaborate on research addressing the global foundry industry. We bring fundamental understanding to existing processes, develop new methods and address management-technology interface issues with our industrial partners. Some call ACRC the finest foundry-related industry-university research consortium in the world.

Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP)

Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) provides education, research and development, beta testing and demonstration to bring new energy, transportation, smart grid and sustainable community design technologies to market. Research is supported by the National Fuel Cell Research Center, the UC Irvine Combustion Laboratory, the Beta Testing and Demonstration Laboratories and the Pacific Rim Consortium on Combustion, Energy and the Environment.

Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic

Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, affiliated with the UCI School of Medicine, is an important unit in the Samueli School’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. The multi-disciplinary center for research, teaching, clinical medicine and technology transfer has developed technologies that have had a major impact on cutaneous disease and treatment, cellular micromanipulation, intraluminal endoscopic imaging, functional imaging of cells and thick tissues, targeted phototherapies and multi-modality imaging.

Calit2 (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology)

Calit2 (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology) is one of four Institutes for Science and Innovation formed by the state to reside within the University of California. Calit2 is a multidisciplinary research institute that integrates academic research with industry experience to develop innovative approaches to information technology.

Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM)

Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). Its mission is to develop design tools and manufacturing technologies for integrated microfludics targeting cost-effective, quick and easy assessment of the environment, agriculture and human health.

Center for Embedded Systems and Cyber-Physical Systems (CECS)

Center for Embedded Computer Systems (CECS) focuses on the emerging theory and technology of embedded systems. The center emphasizes research and development of automotive, medical and communications applications.

Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS)

Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) was established to improve hydrologic prediction through development and refinement of hydrologic models and use of advanced observations, particularly from remote-sensing sources.

Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing (CPCC)

Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing (CPCC) facilitates research in emerging communications technologies that will dramatically change the way people access and use information. The need for ubiquitous communications – to anywhere at any time – results in many challenges in communications and information theory, signal processing, systems, circuits and networking. CPCC conducts fundamental research in these areas with the goal of pushing technological limits to their extremes.

The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology

The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology

The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, founded in 2007 with a $5 million endowed gift from Edwards Lifesciences Corp., is a multidisciplinary center that focuses on heart and vascular diseases and advanced cardiovascular device technology, with strong collaboration among students, faculty and experts in the cardiovascular field.


FABWorks is a new facility that reinvents the way people create and innovate. It is one of the nations first “Make Labs” on a University Campus. FABWorks, located in the Calit2 building offers a space where students, faculty and the community can design and fabricate 'almost' anything. Users have access to a host of machines and services: personal digital fabrication systems, entrepreneurship services, IP development, business plan development, market analysis, and even global manufacturing services.

Irvine Materials Research Institute (IMRI)

Irvine Materials Research Institute (IMRI) is a newly established interdisciplinary organization under the Office of Research of the University of California, Irvine (UCI). It serves as the cross-campus nexus for materials research at UCI. IMRI operates a wide range of state-of-the-art, open-access user facilities for the characterization of inorganic, organic, and biological materials and devices ranging from sub-Å to macroscopic length scales - available to all university, industry, and non-profit researchers. It offers advanced techniques and services including structural and chemical characterization, 3D imaging, surface analysis, physical property measurements, and fabrication of materials and devices by a variety of techniques.

Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility (INRF)

Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility (INRF) is a world-class facility dedicated to the research and development of technology for integrated micro- and nanosystems through multidisciplinary research, education and outreach.

Institute for Design and Manufacturing Innovation (IDMI)

The Institute for Design & Manufacturing Innovation (IDMI) is a research institute within the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Our goal is to promote excellence in advanced manufacturing through strategic integration of research, education and community outreach.

Institute of Transportation Studies

Institute of Transportation Studies has the fundamental goal of stimulating interdisciplinary research on contemporary transportation issues. ITS research involves faculty and students from the Samueli School, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Social Ecology, The Paul Merage School of Business, the School of Law, the Program in Public Health and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. ITS is also part of the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC), one of 10 federally designated centers for transportation research and education, and a member of the Council of University Transportation Centers.

Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics (LFD)

Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics (LFD), a national research resource center for biomedical fluorescence spectroscopy, provides a state-of-the-art laboratory for fluorescence measurements with technical assistance to local, national and international visiting scientists.

National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC)

The National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) is commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission. It provides national leadership in the development and deployment of stationary and mobile fuel cell power-generation technologies; provides a forum for fuel cell technology research, development and market deployment; and seeks to form strategic partnerships among stakeholders in the fuel cell community.

ProperData Center

The NSF-funded ProperData Center addresses the urgent need for protection of personal data flow on the internet. A multidisciplinary team of outstanding researchers is building fundamentals, creating new technologies and informing policy to improve the transparency and control of personal data.


RapidTech is the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for the development and advancement of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and related technologies.

UCI Combustion Laboratory

UCI Combustion Laboratory addresses the challenges associated with the combustion of alternative and fossil fuels. The lab develops and applies advanced experimental capabilities, including specialized test rigs, and laser- and conventional diagnostics; numerical tools; and statistically designed testing to problems of practical relevance.

Water-Energy Nexus Center

Water-Energy Nexus Center promotes comprehensive and trans-disciplinary approaches to water efficiency, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas reduction in an urban environment with a diverse, rapidly growing population.