Research centers

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 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 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, Brian Fabien, Ramulu Mamidala, Mark Tuttle


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


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 Fabien, Brian Polagye, James Riley