At the College of Engineering, we believe in developing innovative and creative solutions that meet the many challenges facing our world. We know that the greatest advancements come from interdisciplinary teams sharing knowledge and working collaboratively toward a common goal. That’s why the college is focusing research around seven key interdisciplinary themes that reach every corner of society. We hope you will explore these themes, learn more about our cutting-edge research programs and engage with our many research centers and laboratories.
Advanced Materials and Structures in Extreme Environments
To design and build the infrastructure modern society relies on, our experts are breaking new ground structural mechanics, material design and colloid engineering. Read why it’s important. • See our technical research and development capabilities.
Alternative Energy and Offshore Power: Powering America’s future
America spends billions of dollars every year on energy. Finding innovative ways to harness energy from our sun, ocean and even highways is the mission of a team of engineers at the University of Rhode Island. Read why it’s important.
Biomedical: Engineers with big hearts
Our researchers improve lives every day by crafting new medical diagnostic methods and devices. It’s our way of making the world a healthier place. Read why it’s important. • See our technical research and development capabilities.
Clean Water: Ensuring access to the most basic human right
Water keeps the human race alive and our engineers are racing to ensure every man, woman and child has access to clean, safe water.
Cyber security: Protecting the nation’s digital highways
With computers controlling everything from the nation’s power grid to airplane navigation, computer networks must be secure. At the University of Rhode Island, we aim to stop a digital strike that could bring the nation to its knees. Read why it’s important. • See our technical research and development capabilities.
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology: Solving big ideas by thinking small
It’s true what they say; big things come in small packages. Nanotechnology promises to deliver big changes in how we fight disease, clean up oil spills and much more. Read why it’s important. • See our technical research and development capabilities.
Sensors and Instrumentation: Collecting the world’s data
With today’s world overflowing with data, it’s up to University of Rhode Island researches to make sense of it all and leverage it to keep us safe. Read why it’s important. • See our technical research and development capabilities.
Innovative ideas by our faculty and students are routinely patented. See our patents.
Research Proposal Assistance
Resources for faculty and students seeking grants. See the resources.