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Research Centers

USU's College of Engineering is home to 7 research centers — unique, multi-faceted organizations that house several top experts in an engineering discipline.

Director: Dr. Paul Barr

Office: EL 262

Phone: 435-797-8249


The Utah Transportation Center is one of 22 federally funded Tier II University Transportation Centers. The Center's theme is "Innovative Engineering Against Hazards." The goal of the center is to advance the understanding of transportation systems and infrastructure through research and teaching activities using state-of-the-art design tools and best practices in planning, design, operations and management.

Director: Dr. Mac McKee

Office: UWRL 103

Phone: 435-797-3157


The UWRL is located on the Logan River and provides more than 100,000 square feet of space for research, testing and training related to the areas of hydraulics modeling, water resources planning and management and environmental and natural systems engineering.

Director: Dr. Ryan Berke

Office: ENGR 419P

Phone: 435-797-8184


USU’s Thermohydraulics and Materials Property (TMP) research center has emerged to play a major role regionally in nuclear engineering research and education.

Director: Dr. Ron Sims

Office: ENGR 402G

Phone: 435-797-1248


The Sustainable Waste-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center is a collaboration between the Biological Engineering Department, College of Engineering and the Environmental Department, City of Logan, Utah. The Center will develop new bio-based sustainable engineering technologies that convert wastes into bioproducts for municipalities and industries in Utah, the Intermountain West and the nation.

Center for Space Engineering

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Director: Dr. Charles Swenson

Phone: 435-797-2958


The Center for Space Engineering is a multidisciplinary group of faculty who are principal investigators of programs with ties to the Space Dynamics Laboratory.


Director: Dr. Regan Zane

Phone: 435-797-4949


SELECT, the Sustainable Electrified Transportation research center, brings electrified transportation industry members and leading engineering researchers together to develop holistic solutions to global electrified transportation.

Director: Dr. Scott Budge

Phone: 435-797-3433


The Center for Advanced Imaging LADAR is a multidisciplinary research center which conducts research and development of techniques to exploit imaging LADAR data. Research centers around three basic areas: imaging LADAR systems; applications, algorithms and hardware for acquiring and using fused digital imagery and LADAR point clouds and simulation of LADAR hardware and signals.