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Research Centers

Center for Geospatial Intelligence (CGI)
The Center for Geospatial Intelligence is led by Curt Davis, Naka Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since it’s inception in 2007, Davis and a large and diverse group of faculty and other researchers have conducted R&D for defense and intelligence agencies and related industries.

Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology (CERT)
The Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology (CERT) is led by Marjorie Skubic, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Center for Nano/Micro Systems (CNMS)
The Center for Nano/Micro Systems (CNMS) is led by Shubhra Gangopadhyay, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Center for Computational Biology and Medicine (CCBM)
The Center for Computational Biology and Medicine (CCBM) is led by Shumaker Endowed Professor Chi-Ren Shyu, who also is director of the MU Informatics Institute (MUII).

Center for Physical Electronics and Power Electronics
The Center forPhysical Electronics and Power Electronics is led by a Logan Distinguished Associate Professor, Dr. Randy D. Curry, in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Center focuses on high-power electronic devices for defense, life sciences, environmental applications and alternative energy sources and storage.

Industrial Assessment Center

For 40 years, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Centers program has partnered with various higher education institutions to provide small- and medium-sized manufacturers with assessments on how to improve productivity and energy efficiency, and students have benefitted from the ability to learn how to complete such assessments through hands-on learning techniques. The University of Missouri College of Engineering has been a partner for the last 10 years and recently received word that its partnership was accepted for another five-year term.

The University of Missouri Industrial Assessment Center (MZ-IAC) provides free energy, productivity, and waste assessments to small and medium sized industrial facilities through funding provided by the US Department of Energy and is one of 28 such centers located on college campuses nationwide. The DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy allotted $35 million in funding to the centers, with MU earning a nearly $1.5 million share.

Research Initiatives 

Mizzou Engineering is partnering with other campus entities in the pursuit of new spaces to enhance our collaborative research and experiential learning capabilities. The two key facilities for the College are the Translational Precision Medicine Complex — which is currently the UM System’s top infrastructure priority — and the MU Institute for Experiential Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Translational Precision Medicine Complex (TPMC)

Translational medicine brings researchers and clinicians together in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative setting supported by advanced technology and data analysis tools. This “bench-to-bedside” paradigm is accelerating the development of novel diagnostic tools and treatments, and fast tracking the application of proven medical strategies to clinical settings. The National Institutes of Health has identified translational medicine research as a major focus for grant funding.

Precision medicine, an emerging approach to disease treatment and prevention that accounts for individual variability in genes, environment and lifestyle, promises medical outcomes barely imaginable today. This “customized” care delivery approach to the individual patient is not currently in use for most diseases, but will revolutionize medical treatment in our lifetime. A unique collaborative atmosphere puts Mizzou in position to be at the forefront of this burgeoning industry.

MU’s success in this realm would place the State of Missouri on the cutting edge of precision medicine thanks to the bevy of Mizzou Made engineers and clinicians uniquely equipped with skills to succeed in this new frontier of health care. Research discoveries would have the potential to lead to new companies and eventual high-paying job creation for the state. And Missouri residents would stand to reap the advanced health care benefits by having access to highly-trained professionals in the field.

MU Institute for Experiential Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

To succeed in a complex world, even the best solutions benefit from an expanded field of vision. Such initiatives – and students and faculty behind them — will be challenged, tested and strengthened in yet another collaborative space: the MU Institute for Experiential Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Here, teams will pursue a new generation of solutions to real-world problems. Engineering students and faculty will collaborate with others from law, education, business and the arts to focus on the future: creating cutting-edge products, methods, approaches and instruction, all with a healthy dose of entrepreneurial energy.

The MU Institute for Experiential Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship seeks to create an ecosystem of education that embodies innovation and entrepreneurship. By bringing together engineering, business, design arts, law and STEM education, MU proposes to establish a hub for interdisciplinary collaboration, experiential education and entrepreneurship that will provide economic and social benefits for generations to come.

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