Research Centers and Units
Students studying civil or environmental engineering have access to numerous research resources and facilities on campus.
Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute
The Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute (E3I) was formed to highlight environmental research and educational activities in the College of Engineering. Engineers at the E3I work on many different environmental topics including water purification, thermoacoustics using benign gases for cooling, analysis of indoor environments to provide safe living spaces, the development and application of remote sensing platforms for studying the environment, and others. The E3I also focuses on energy research and education as well, with notable research work in biofuels production, solar, and wind energy research.
The H2E Center is the focal point for multi-investigator activities at Penn State. The H2E Center researchers facilitate the development of all types of hydrogen-based (production and consumption) technologies, help to promote the use of hydrogen for sustainable energy production, work on the develop hydrogen production and fuel cell systems for conversion of biomass sources to energy, create, advance, and refine hydrogen storage technologies.
Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment
The mission of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE) is to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration to positively impact important energy and environmental challenges. Organized under the Office of the Vice President for Research, they bring together more than 500 extraordinary faculty, staff and students to advance the energy and environmental research missions of the University.
Pennsylvania Housing Research Center
The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing. They conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.
Protective Technology Center
The Protective Technology Center (PTC) is a multidisciplinary center focusing on protecting Civil Infrastructure from natural or manmade threats and dealing with the aftereffects of an event. It is involved in modern protective structures, defensive architecture, and construction. The center conducts research and development activities aimed at protection against blast, shock, and impact effects.
Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute
The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) is Penn State’s transportation research center. The Institute provides a number of unique field facilities and experimental laboratories for conducting transportation research and its energies are directed toward solving problems in five major areas of transportation-related research: construction engineering and management, pavements and materials, transportation operations, transportation structures, and vehicle systems and safety.
Other centers and institutes that our faculty collaborates with include:
Applied Research Laboratory
The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) provides a focal point for the development and transfer of new technologies, processes and equipment in a cooperative environment with industry, academia, and other Navy acquisition and in-service uses. ARL Penn State, a United States Navy University Affiliated Research Center as designated by the Department of Defense, maintains a long-term strategic relationship with the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Office of Naval Research.
Materials Research Institute
Penn State's Materials Research Institute (MRI) is a catalyst for multidisciplinary education and innovations in materials. With their capabilities in electronic materials and devices, functional polymers and nanoscience, Penn State is uniquely positioned to apply their materials research to critical challenges of the future in healthcare. It is their vision to apply both the depth and breadth of their collective expertise to engage in research without boundaries, and thereby to create a new generation of highly qualified graduates who can both communicate and innovate in a converging technological world.