research centers

Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE)

The mission of ACE is simply to Advance, Collaborate and Enrich the construction industry. ACE stays connected to current industry issues through an executive advisory board. The board is made up of a cross section of industry executives that provide advice and direction for ACE's activities. Read More »

The Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE)

The Center for Negative Carbon Emissions focuses on developing and demonstrating the next generation of technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. CNCE seeks to enable a carbon neutral economy by reusing and disposing of atmospheric carbon dioxide. CNCE’s aim is to demonstrate systems that over time increase in scope, reliability and efficiency while lowering the cost of carbon dioxide capture from air. Read More »

Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology (CEB)

The Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology focuses on developing microbiological systems that capture or develop renewable resources to aid in the prevention and/or clean up of environmental pollution. Our team combines engineering approaches with microbiology and chemistry to reclaim polluted water and to generate energy from waste substances. Center researchers combine engineering with microbiology, molecular biology and chemistry in order to gain an integrated understanding of how microbial ecosystems work and can be controlled to reclaim polluted water, generate energy from waste substances and improve public health and sustainability. Read More »

Construction Research and Education for Advanced Technology Environments (CREATE)

The Del E. Webb School of Construction and a consortium of companies involved in advanced technology facility design and construction have developed and implemented a research organization named CREATE, Construction Research and Education for Advanced Technology Environments. The purpose of CREATE is to explore, develop, and conduct research to provide innovative and practical ways to improve the delivery and maintenance over the lifecycle of advanced technology facilities. This research will foster collaboration between industry and academia and promote an interdisciplinary approach to training students in construction research and technology transfer. Read More »

Center for Health Information and Research (CHiR)

The Center for Health Information and Research fosters collaborations at the intersection of public health, engineering, public policy, computer science, economics, health information technology and consumer knowledge. Researchers from different engineering disciplines, sustainability science, social science, bioscience and medical backgrounds are interested in CHiR’s demonstrated research capabilities. Read More »

National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations (NCE)

The National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations provides climate and energy system solutions based on sound science and engineering to governments and industries around the globe. Our research seeks to quantify complex climate-energy system interactions resulting from all phases of a product or technology's life cycle and to develop cost effective solutions to reduce any negative impacts. Read More »

Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG)

The Performance Based Studies Research Group was founded in 1994 by Dean Kashiwagi, Ph.D. Housed in the Del E. Webb School of Construction, the group's research was initially specific to construction but has since expanded to other industries. The purpose of the group is to develop tools and processes to improve the procurement and delivery of projects and services, as well as the measurement of organization's internal operations and personnel. Read More »

Water & Environmental Technology Center (WET)

The Water & Environmental Technology Center has brought together a prestigious group of researchers within Arizona State University. These interdisciplinary research groups include biologists, chemists, physicists, hydrologists, engineers and social scientists who work together to resolve water quality problems. The National Science Foundation and other stakeholder companies and agencies supply funding for the center. The unique combination of university expertise and funding from industry and government agencies plays a pivotal role in solving emerging water quality problems and enhancing quality of life in the community at large. Read More »

Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG)

The NSF-funded Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) seeks to understand and harness the scientific processes and principles of natural phenomena to develop more sustainable, safer, less intrusive, more resilient civil infrastructure systems. The Center’s approach embodies a transformational shift from traditional energy-intensive, mechanical methods for engineering the ground to a sustainable, nature-compatible biogeotechnical approach that employs innovative bio-mediated and bio-inspired technologies to meet the demands of modern society. In addition to developing innovative technologies to serve the civil engineering industry, the Center’s mission also focuses on outreach to the community and educating and training future engineers in the multidisciplinary field of biogeotechnics.Read More »

Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems (NEWT)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems (NEWT) will be the first national center to develop next-generation affordable, mobile, modular, high-performance water treatment systems enabled by nanotechnology ( Our systems will be highly compact, energy efficient with the option of solar power, and adaptable to varying source water quality to meet the growing industrial and societal needs for off-grid water supply and reuse.Read More »

research clusters

Environmental Life-cycle Assessment of Passenger Transportation

Dr. Mikhail Chester has been developing environmental life-cycle inventories of passenger transportation modes. These analyses are the first comprehensive environmental life-cycle assessments of automobiles, buses, trains, and aircraft. The studies inventory energy consumption and emissions (greenhouse gases and conventional air pollutants) for vehicle, infrastructure, and energy productions components, from material extraction and processing through use and maintenance (well-to-wheel). Read More »

Hydrologic Science, Engineering and Sustainability

Our research group at Arizona State University studies hydrological processes in natural and urban environments and their interactions with ecological, atmospheric and geomorphic phenomena. In these pages, you can learn about the current projects in our group, our field and modeling activities, our various group members and how to apply to join our group. We are part of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, the Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Thus, we are integrating scientific, engineering and sustainability principles in water resources. Read More »

Mechanics and Infrastructural Materials (MiM)

The focus of the mechanics and infrastructural materials cluster is on experimental and computational methods to understand the structural, mechanical, chemical, and thermal response of a wide variety of engineered materials including conventional and modified portland cement and concrete, fiber and particulate reinforced composites, and biocomposites. The group uses advanced material characterization and testing tools combined with state-of-the art computational and numerical modeling approaches to develop sustainable and novel infrastructural materials, and develop design guidelines for the use of these materials in a wide variety of applications seen in aerospace, biomedical, mechanical, structural and defense industries. Read More »

Pavement Analysis & Design

The Pavement Analysis and Design research cluster addresses pavement performance analysis, management, and design; advanced material testing and characterization; development of new and more efficient construction materials; and the development and dissemination of sustainable pavement practices. Read More »
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