The department has two centers for research and education:

The Center for Environmental Technology (CET) develops innovative observing systems for environmental applications. These advanced environmental sensors are used by governments, industry and academia. CET provides expertise for the development of new in situ and remote sensing concepts and systems through cross-linkages with faculty across the CU campus and collaborators within the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES) and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). CET also provides a critically needed training ground for the next generation of environmental sensor engineers and observational scientists.

Since it was founded in 1983, the power electronics group at the University of Colorado has maintained a tradition of innovative design-oriented and application-driven research. Activities in the Colorado Power Electronics Center (CoPEC) now span the range of applications from high-efficiency milliwatt converters for portable battery-operated systems; to hundreds or thousands of watts for computer, aerospace, telecommunications, medical and automotive power conversion; to hundreds of kilowatts for wind generation systems.