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Advanced Composites Center »

The Advanced Composites Center (ACC) will be a robust innovation ecosystem for industry and academia to advance the field of data-driven methods for composites manufacturing. With state-of-the-art facilities and first-class industrial partnerships, the ACC will be a national magnet for the design, manufacturing, evaluation and certification of the latest in composite systems.

Faculty: Ashis Banerjee, Steve Brunton, Xu Chen, Santosh Devasia, Joseph Garbini, Mohammad Malakooti, Ramulu Mamidala, Lucas Meza, Per Reinhall, Aniruddh Vashisth, Junlan Wang

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Boeing Advanced Research Center »

The Boeing Advanced Research Center (BARC) represents a new paradigm in the execution of industrial research at the University of Washington. Boeing-employed affiliate instructors work in the lab side by side with faculty and students on joint research projects in the manufacturing and assembly of aircraft and spacecraft structures. Our goal is to foster:

  • collaborative basic and applied research
  • translational research and development
  • student education-related activities

Faculty: Ashis Banerjee, Steve Brunton, Santosh Devasia, Joseph Garbini, Per Reinhall


Center for Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures »

The Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures (AMTAS) is a consortium of academic institutions, aerospace companies, and government agencies. AMTAS seeks solutions to problems associated with existing, near-, and long-term applications of composites and advanced materials for large transport commercial aircraft.

Faculty: Ashley Emery, Ramulu Mamidala, Mark Tuttle


Center for Digital Fabrication »

The UW Center for Digital Fabrication (DFab) is a network of researchers, educators, industry partners, and community members advancing the field of digital fabrication at UW and in the greater Seattle region.

Faculty: Jeff Lipton

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Center for Limb Loss and MoBility »

The Center for Limb Loss and MoBility (CLiMB) within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System proudly partners with the University of Washington and the Department of Mechanical Engineering to enable students and faculty the opportunity to carry out biomechanics research that aims to preserve and enhance the mobility of veterans and others with lower limb musculoskeletal impairment or limb loss.

Faculty: Patrick Aubin, Joseph Iaquinto, Glenn Klute, William Ledoux, Eric Rombokas

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Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences »

The Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences (CREATE) is led by an interdisciplinary team whose mission is to make technology accessible and to make the world accessible through technology.

Faculty: Kat Steele


PACCAR Advanced Research Center »

The PACCAR Advanced Research Center (PARC) provides students a dedicated lab for PACCAR-sponsored capstone projects with goals of expanding into a collaborative research space for students, faculty and PACCAR engineers.

Faculty: Alberto Aliseda, Per Reinhall


Pacific Marine Energy Center  »

The Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) is a consortium of three universities - the University of Washington, Oregon State University and University of Alaska Fairbanks - focused on the responsible advancement of marine energy. Researchers work with marine energy device developers, community members, ocean users, federal and state regulators and government officials to address key challenges of wave, tidal, in-river energy and offshore wind technologies.

Faculty: Alberto Aliseda, Steve Brunton, Peter Dahl, Brian Polagye