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Research Centers and Institutes

The Gallogly College of Engineering has 14 multidisciplinary research centers and institutes and over 40 laboratory facilities. Click on the links below to learn more; you may also be interested in our Research Impact. View the faculty profiles to learn about faculty laboratory research efforts.



The Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) mission is to solve challenging radar research problems, prepare the next generation of students, and serve to empower economic growth and development in the field of weather radar.

Cantec Carbon Nanotube Technology Center (CANTEC) is a multi-investigator program involving faculty members and students from the College of Engineering who collaborate to develop applications of carbon nanotubes.

CIRE leverages expertise in diverse areas with focus on the nanoscale to generate innovative technologies. These areas include heterogeneous catalysis, nanomaterials, colloidal and interfacial science, thermodynamics, and molecular modeling.


Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds (CREW) was founded at OU in fall 2004 to address the need for holistic research on environmental impacts and the development of sustainable environmental remediation and restoration technologies.

The Center for Symbiotic Media Research is dedicated to the study of the symbiotic relationships between humans and machines. In particular, we examine:

  • machines as models of how biological systems represent and learn motor and cognitive skills,
  • primates as inspiration for new robot control and learning techniques, and
  • the interaction of humans with machines.


The Dynamic Structures Sensing and Control (DySSC) Center (formerly the Center for Structural Control) was established in 1994 to investigate and demonstrate the effectiveness of using semi-active adjustable hydraulic dampers and associated software to mitigate the dynamic response of a wide class of structures.


Institute for Applied Surfactant Research (IASR) was established in 1986 as the first Research Center/Institute/Consortia at the University of Oklahoma. Although research grants from Federal and State agencies are an important part of the Institute, our core mission is to provide our industrial sponsors with the highest quality applied surfactant research in their areas of interest.

The Risk-Based Systems Analysis Laboratory focuses on the development of theory, methodology, and application towards risk-based decision making in engineering systems. Primary areas of interests lie in (i) modeling the reliability, resilience, and interdependent economic impacts of disruptions to critical infrastructure networks and (ii) enhancing data-driven decision making for large-scale system sustainment.

The Sooner Engineering Education Center (SEED) was established in 2008 by the College of Engineering (CoE) to recruit, nurture, and retain students within the engineering supply chain ranging from elementary school to the graduate level.


The Southern Plains Transportation Center, consisting of eight consortium members, seeks to engage in research that provides solutions for climate-related transportation challenges including extreme temperatures, droughts, freeze-thaw cycles and flash floods. The center was established in 2013 based on an award from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) to conduct a multidisciplinary program of transportation research, education, and technology transfer.

The Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (IBEST) spans research and education activities in bioscience and biomedical engineering on the Norman and Oklahoma City campuses. Faculty from the lead departments – School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering – work with bioscientists and biomedical engineers from the OU Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City and OU College of Arts and Sciences in Norman.

The CBR is one of several key elements of the Oklahoma Bioenergy Center. We are focused on the development of the science and technologies for the thermo-catalytic conversion of biomass to finished products that meet the needs of the fuels and chemical industries in a sustainable manner.


The Center for Intelligent Transportation Systems provides software and hardware development services to government agencies for the state of Oklahoma in pursuit of effective and viable solutions to modern problems ranging from traffic control to reporting to enforcement. Since 1997, the OU ITS lab has worked with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the United States Department of Transportation on numerous projects, successfully improving and extending the safety of Oklahoma's streets and highways, and furthered the productivity of the law enforcement agencies devoted to keeping the Oklahomans on them safe.

The Water Technologies for Emerging Regions (WaTER) center was formed to meet a growing need for university-based programs with the personnel and resources to assume a leadership role in the international water development scene that includes not only technical innovations, but educational opportunities for US students and citizens of the affected regions.



Selected Labratories

Advanced Control Systems LaboratoryAMENC 318
OU Medical Imaging Core FacilityBME 
Applied Surfactant LaboratoryCBME 
Asphalt Binders LaboratoryCEESSEC
Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making LaboratoryISECEC 23
Biomedical Engineering LabAMESRTC 1125
Building Energy Efficiency LabAMEEL 159
Combustion and Flame Dynamics LabAMEEL 170B
Community Resilience CORE Research LaboratoryCEESCEC 442
Composite Manufacturing LabAMEFH316A
Computational Neuroimaging & Neuroengineering Lab SBME 
Concurrent Design and Manufacturing Research LabAMEFH 215
Data Science and Analytics Laboratory ISECEC34
Distributed Analytics LaboratoryISECEC443
Donald G. Fears Structural Engineering Lab CEESSouth Campus
Energy & Thermal LabAMEFH133A
Engineering Media Lab AMEFH236
Fluid Mechanics Research LabAMEFH122
Geosynthetics Research LaboratoryCEESCECB3
Heat Transfer LabAMEFH128
High Intensity Sound ChamberAMESRTC1150
Hybrid Composites Lab for Advanced Multifunctional MaterialsAMEFH144
Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing Laboratory CEESNWC4610
Integrated Neuroimaging and Neuromodulation Lab SBME 
Intelligent Robotics Lab AMEFH100
Interaction, Discovery, Exploration, Adaptation Laboratory CS 
Laboratory for Engineering Living Tissue Systems SBMESEC
Laboratory for Optimization and Intelligent SystemsISECEC28
Machining and Precision Lab IISECECS14
Physical Performance LaboratoryISECEC42
Multiscale Material Characterization LabAMEEL134
Product & Process Design LabAMEFH147
Radar Innovations Lab METR/ECERIL
Ray Broce Asphalt Materials Lab CEESNEL
Research Institute for STEM Education ISECEC27
Risk-Based Systems Analysis LaboratoryISECEC448
Smart Materials & Intelligent Systems LabAMEFH127
Symbiotic Computing LaboratoryCS 
Telecommunications and Networking Research LaboratoryCS 
Theranostics with Radiation-induced Ultrasound Emission Laboratory ECESRTC
Translational Regenerative Medicine Laboratory SBMESRTC
Unsaturated Soil Mechanics LaboratoryCEESCECB5
Vehicle Vibration Test CenterAMENC318
Wireless Electromagnetic Compliance and Design CenterECEOU-Tulsa

Collaborative Centers

K‐20 Center – Jeannine Rainbolt College of EducationResearch Campus