Research Centers

The College of Engineering is home to 14 major research centers and institutes as well as relationships with other USF  interdisciplinary research centers.  In addition, there are hundreds of faculty research labs that can be found within the seven engineering faculty departments.

College of Engineering Research Centers and Institutes

Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation & Robotics Technologies


CARRT works to improve the quality of life, and increase independence and community reintegration of individuals with reduced functional capabilities due to aging, disability or traumatic injury, through integrated research, education and service in assistive and rehabilitation, and robotics technologies in collaboration with consumers, clinicians, government and industry partners.


Center for Urban Transportation Research


Established in 1988, CUTR is an internationally-recognized resource for transportation research, education and technology transfer/training/outreach. CUTR provides high quality, objective expertise in the form of insightful research, comprehensive training and education, effective technical assistance and in-depth policy analysis that assists and supports transportation agencies, communities, policymakers, and the public. CUTR is also the home to the National Institute for Congestion Reduction


Clean Energy Research Center


CERC pursues research and development of environmentally clean energy systems, such as photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar power (CSP), energy storage (thermal storage, batteries, supercapacitors), photocatalytic detoxification/disinfection technologies, hydrogen production and solid state storage, new efficient thermodynamic cycles, solar energy conversion/rectifying antenna (rectenna), and biomass conversion/biofuels.


Global Center for Hearing & Speech Research


The GCHSR is an interdisciplinary, multi-college and inter-institutional collaborative center, which through its core disciplines of communication sciences and disorders, audiology, and speech sciences, biomedical engineering, and acoustics enhances the USF's strategic initiatives in basic and clinical research, teaching/learning, scientific discovery, entrepreneurship and innovation, student success, mentoring at all levels, and state and local community service.


Center for Wireless and Microwave Information Systems


Formed in 1996, the WAMI Center provides RF and microwave education and research, and offering of undergraduate and graduate courses. Its faculty are pursuing research in areas of national and global significance. The center places a strong emphasis on its partnerships and support from the local and national industry, and together with its graduate student researchers pursues its mission to advance the state of knowledge in the wireless and microwave field. 


Nanotechnology Research & Education Center


The NREC is a university-wide user fabrication and metrology center providing state-of-the-art equipment, professional support personnel and infrastructure to enable multidisciplinary research in nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing methods related to fundamental materials science, sensors, actuators, electronics, bio-systems, medical products, optics and integrated nanoscale systems. It supports research projects of faculty, students, and industrial researchers.


Institute of Applied Engineering


The Institute of Applied Engineering is a world class research and education center dedicated to seeking solutions to the security and economic challenges facing the nation. The  IAE works  with the DoD in utilizing USF's core competencies - autonomous systems; cyber security; human performance enhancement technologies; energy and transportation infrastructure systems; and supporting capabilities including data analytics and advanced manufacturing. 


Institute for Artificial Intelligence + X


AI + X is a university-wide research, education center for Artificial Intelligence, and world-class academic R&D center conducting externally-funded research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and associated areas (X = Healthcare, Medicine, Cybersecurity, Finance, Business, Manufacturing, Transportation), using a transdisciplinary approach across Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and Computer Science, and work with industry to transition them into products that benefit humanity in an ethical and responsible manner.


Mini Circuits Design For X Laboratory

Design for X Lab

The Mini Circuits Design for X Laboratory is a collaborative, innovative environment for undergraduate students at the University of South Florida to safely pursue meaningful multidisciplinary engineering projects that expand their creative design and project management skills 



Center for Communications and Signal Processing  
The Center for Communications and Signal Processing promotes research and development in transport of information on electronic or photonic media, networking of intelligent systems, and 
processing of signals, images, and video for enhancement, interpretation, or efficiency of transmission.  Center Director:  Dr. Vijay Jain

Center for Modeling Hydrologic and Aquatic Systems  
The mission of the Center is to assist in the solution of water resource problems for local, state and federal governmental agencies, often working closely with or directly for private consulting firms with particularly challenging or specialized investigations. USF Researchers associated with the Center are constantly studying existing and emerging hydraulic, hydrologic and water quality models and the physical processes they are intended to represent; collecting data; and developing, testing and applying new procedures to solve complex water resource problems.
Center Director:  Dr. Mark Ross

USF Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging
Center Director:  Dr. Huabei Jiang


Affiliated Research Centers

Florida Center for Cybersecurity


The Florida Center for Cybersecurity, aka Cyber Florida, is hosted at the University of South Florida and works with private industry; academic institutions; local, state and federal government; and the military to build Florida’s cybersecurity industry and related workforce through education, research, and outreach.


University of South Florida Center for Entrepreneurship


The center is a nationally-ranked, multidisciplinary, campus-wide center focusing on entrepreneurial education, training, and research. By using innovative, interdisciplinary approaches, the center provides opportunities for graduate students in the fields of business, engineering, health sciences, and sustainability through the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship, several graduate dual degree programs, and Certificate in Entrepreneurship.