Over the next four years, the College of Engineering and Applied Science will be investing internal resources into six major interdisciplinary research themes (IRT) as part of our strategic vision to build on our college and campus strengths, prepare for future research opportunities, and accelerate our positive impacts to our state and nation.
We investigate how smart, safe, and secure autonomy can expand and exploit the full capabilities of these networked systems. This theme convenes faculty with expertise in robotics, cyber-security, verification and validation, control theory, artificial intelligence, unmanned systems, machine learning, formal methods, and human-robot interaction.
Director: Eric Frew
Imaging Science will transform society by saving lives through medical imaging, improving industrial safety and productivity through nondestructive testing, increasing integrated electronics performance through fast metrology, and enabling the extraction of resources in environmentally friendly ways through seismic imaging.
Director: Todd Murray
We aim to establish the science of integration of materials that metabolize energy into distributed sensing, actuation, and computation. This theme will develop artificial systems with biological properties by bringing together campus researchers from across the domains of biology, physics, computer science, material science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering with open access to industry.
Director: Sean Shaheen (Interim)
We will integrate biomaterials design with drug and cell-based technologies to engineer and validate new combinational health care products and translate clinical needs into therapies, spanning from molecular design to medical product design. Through this materials-centric approach, we will provide next-generation, disruptive therapeutic interventions for a broad spectrum of diseases with unmet medical needs.
Director: Kristi Anseth
The QISS theme aims to establish Colorado as the preeminent national resource for quantum applied science and engineering, in quantum technology, and in quantum science and engineering education. The research emphasis is on engineering and translating quantum technologies, in particular quantum sensors, toward practical applications.
Director: Juliet Gopinath
The interactions between water, energy, and associated systems have profound impacts on our society. As such, the nexus of water and energy is, and will continue to be, one of the world’s leading long-term technical challenges. The Water-Energy Nexus theme aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines to address the pressing challenges surrounding water, energy and associated systems such as food, land, air quality and climate.
Director: Karl Linden