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Engineering Research Centers & Institutes

The School of Engineering is paving the way for innovative and impactful research that seek to address the world’s Grand Challenges.





Innovation Happens Here

UC Merced is home to a number of innovative research and training centers that offer extraordinary opportunities for our students. In our state-of-the-art campus labs and in the field, our researchers are working on significant problems and innovative solutions. 

Doors are open for students who want to be part of the research hubs where faculty members collaborate to conduct in-depth investigations into a variety of societally relevant scientific topics. Graduate students engage in individualized research-based programs that offer unique opportunities to work closely with faculty mentors to learn — and pioneer — the most recent advances in their fields.

Researchers here are imaging immune cells inside living mouse models and advancing solutions for cancer, diabetes and heart disease; designing solar collection materials that can be built in space for NASA missions; solving entrepreneurial challenges that put people and the planet on the same par with profit; modeling the changing climate in new and more accurate ways to contribute to the nation’s shift to renewable policies and technology; engineering precision agriculture robotics and artificial intelligence that will guide renewable food systems for the world; imagining and then creating new software to make computers more accessible to people of all abilities; and building wearable organic electronics, just to name a few of the exciting projects happening now.

Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society
Health Sciences Research Institute
NSF Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines
Sierra Nevada Research Institute
Merced Nanomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing
SNRI Environmental Analytical Laboratory