Industry Centers

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Eversource Energy Center

Est. October 2015                   Investment: $9 Million

Director: Emmanouil Anagnostou, Ph.D.

Eversource Energy Center's innovative research is improving electric reliability, addressing power grid cyber and physical security developments, and developing smart systems to support community planning and emergency preparedness. We invite utilities, organizations and industry partners to participate in our research, activities and initiatives. Our proven consortium approach will deliver the next generation of technologies and software, leading to transformative commercial products and services that advance risk management and resilience of power grid networks to weather and security events.



FEI Center for Advanced Microscopy and Materials Analysis

Est. November 2014               Investment: $25 Million 

Director: Steve Suib, Ph.D.

The UConn-FEI Center is one of the world’s foremost facilities for electron microscopy. Its microscopy instruments include the Themis Titan for sub-angstrom analysis of materials and the Talos TEM for simultaneous quantitative energy dispersive spectroscopy and analysis to uncover chemical composition of materials. This equipment will be available for collaborative research with industry partners including applications for clean energy materials and the testing of additively-manufactured components such as those found in medical devices and polymeric materials for biomedical applications.


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UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering

Est. October 2013                                   Investment: $10 Million

Director:  George Bollas, Ph.D.

The mission of the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering is to produce, disseminate, and commercialize new science and technology in the field of cyber-physical systems engineering, through transformative research, education, and workforce development. The Institute serves as a hub for world-class research, project-based learning by globally-distributed teams of students, and industrial outreach activities focused on model-based systems engineering (MBSE) of complex systems that are built from and are dependent on the synergy of computational and physical components. The convergence of computation, communications, control, and intelligence enables cyber-physical systems (CPS) to have learning and predictive capabilities, able to adapt to changing situations. The Institute is positioned to advance the science base of CPS and to accelerate its technological translation into sustained industrial growth.

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Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI)

Est. April 2014                       Investment: $6 Million

Co-Directors:  John Chandy, Ph.D. & Laurent Michel, Ph.D.

The Comcast Center for Security Innovation focuses on research, training, and workforce development relevant to hardware, software and networking artifacts used in Comcast cyber ecosystems such as routers, gateways, or set-top-boxes. CSI has developed a national CyberSEED program for universities to compete in unique challenges in cybersecurity. CSI is a part of the Connecticut Cybersecurity Center (C3).

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Center for Hardware Assurance, Security, and Engineering (CHASE)

Est. 2012

Director:  John Chandy, Ph.D.

The CHASE center focuses on meeting the challenges of the future in the field of hardware assurance and security. As a center of excellence, it provides a physical and intellectual environment for conducting interdisciplinary hardware-oriented security research. The center also provides opportunities for research and educational programs for industry in response to changing technology and the needs of society. The current industry partners of CHASE are Comcast, Honeywell, and Juniper Networks. CHASE is a part of the Connecticut Cybersecurity Center (C3).

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Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation

Est. July 2013                         Investment: $7.2 Million

Director: Jeff McCutcheon, Ph.D.

The mission of the Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation (CEI) at UConn is to develop advanced technologies related to energy storage, fuel cells, in-stream hydro, and power management and distribution through contract research. CEI researchers include faculty from the University, Fraunhofer, allied research organizations, and industry partners.

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 Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center (AMIC)

Est. April 2013                       Investment: $7.5 Million

Director:  Rainer Hebert, Ph.D.

The Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at UConn is a premier facility for metal additive manufacturing. The range of equipment available includes electron beam melting and laser sintering technologies, including an experimental powder bed machine with complete open architecture. Additional equipment includes a suite of thermophysical measurement instruments (thermal diffusivity measurements to 2,800 °C, thermal expansion using an optical dilatometer to 1,650 °C, high-temperature differential scanning calorimetry, and a furnace rheometer for measurements of liquid metal viscosities). AMIC is focused on the underlying physics of additive manufacturing with emphasis on rapid solidification, powder spreading, and metal-atmosphere interactions. Experiments as well as ab-initio calculations are used to develop new insight into the additive manufacturing process. AMIC furthermore addressed control theory with the goal to improve current machine technologies. Besides additive manufacturing, AMIC supports the generation of data for manufacturing simulations.

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Institute of Materials Science (IMS) Industrial Affiliates Program

Est. 1974

Director: Paul Nahass, Ph.D.

The Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) provides convenient access to resources at UConn’s Institute of Materials Science (IMS) to assist industry with short-term, materials-related research, development, characterization and production projects. The Program supports economic development of industry in the state and surrounding region, including access to essential scientific and technical resources of our IMS faculty, leveraging a deep understanding of materials, engineering, and processing coupled with some of the best characterization laboratories in the world, to help industry solve their technical material challenges.

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GE Advanced Technology Initiative

 Est. October 2012                   Investment: $7.5 Million

Director:  Mei Wei, Ph.D.

The GE Advanced Technology Initiative at UConn supports research into the development of advanced materials and the manufacturability of the next generation of industrial circuit breakers and high voltage distribution equipment.