Interdisciplinary Research Units

The vast resources available at Penn State means vast opportunity for interdisciplinary research. The College of Engineering is proud to partner with colleagues in and out of Penn State on research in these units:

Applied Research Laboratory

As a University Center of Excellence in naval science, systems engineering and technologies, with preeminence in undersea missions and related areas, the Applied Research Laboratory provides solutions to problems in national security, economic competitiveness, and quality of life. More

Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center

Penn State is leading the emerging research field of energy storage with the Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center. The BEST Center was formed to bring together campus-wide expertise in energy storage, foster collaboration, and provide a focal point for research and education activities. More

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

The Huck Institutes are dedicated to strengthening research in the life sciences, preparing students for successful careers, and encouraging new perspectives across disciplinary boundaries through research, education, technology, and outreach. More

Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences supports the community of Penn State researchers using advanced and high-performance computing methods by offering a robust cyberinfrastructure, consulting services, and customized computing solutions for researchers’ needs. More

Materials Research Institute

The Materials Research Institute provides leadership both at Penn State and in the materials community worldwide, coordinating materials-related activities, maintaining core and shared facilities, training students, and fostering collegial exchanges of expertise. More

Penn State Institute of Energy and the Environment

The mission of the Penn State Institute of Energy and the Environment is to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration to positively impact important energy and environmental challenges. More

Social Science Research Institute

The Social Science Research Institute's (SSRI) mission is to foster research that addresses critical human and social problems at the local, national, and international levels. SSRI does so by bringing together researchers from different disciplines around emerging areas of study, and by providing consultation, financial support, shared, accessible infrastructure, and services to social scientists at Penn State. More

Penn State Sustainability

The Penn State Sustainability (SI) was created to lead Penn State toward the University’s sustainability mission: a comprehensive integration of sustainability into the University’s research, teaching, outreach, and operations that prepares students, faculty, and staff to be sustainability leaders in their professional, personal, and civic lives. More

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