Research Centers

The numerous research centers, initiatives, and institutes affiliated with UCSB Engineering are leading their fields in groundbreaking research and outreach work. Our research centers are interdisciplinary to the core, often led by College of Engineering faculty in collaboration with departments throughout UC Santa Barbara, and with institutions around the world.


American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics - AIM Photonics

UCSB is home of the west coast hub of AIM Photonics, a US federal manufacturing initiative in partnership with lead institution SUNY Polytechnic Institute. The goal of AIM Photonics is to create a national photonic integrated circuit manufacturing infrastructure.

California NanoSystems Institute - CNSI

The CNSI is an integrated research facility with locations at UCSB and UCLA and center for nanoscale research in biotechnology tools and diagnostics, materials for energy production and storage, and information technology.

Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies - ICB

Army-sponsored University Affiliated Research Center and unique research alliance led by UCSB in collaboration with MIT, CalTech, and other partners. Research in the areas of biologically inspired technological innovations in systems and synthetic biology, control and dynamical systems, photonic and electronic materials, cellular structural materials, biotechnology tools, and cognitive neuroscience.

Institute for Energy Efficiency - IEE

IEE is dedicated to developing technologies that support an efficient and sustainable energy future. Areas of research are lighting, energy production and storage, buildings and design, energy efficient computing, electronics and photonics, and sustainability.


Center for BioEngineering - CBE

Center for Bio-Image Informatics 

Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation - CCDC

Center for Information Technology and Society - CITS

Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering

Materials Research Laboratory - MRL

Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials - MC-CAM