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Labs + Centers

The College of Engineering and Information Technology and UMBC have close and long-standing collaborative relationships with several federal, state, and local agencies. Our location within the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. corridor offers graduate and undergraduate students access to a vast assortment of research opportunities and facilities. We have included below highlights and brief descriptions of some key facilities and research interests, as well as links to individual departmental research pages. For more information about research and scholarship at UMBC, click here.

COEIT Department Research Laboratories and Centers
Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Information Systems
Mechanical Engineering

Campus-wide Centers & Institutes
Center for Advanced Sensor Technology
Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (CAST) focuses on the development of novel measurement and instrumentation technologies. It is a multidisciplinary effort that involves faculty from several departments. The core mission is to translate cutting edge research into practical solutions for everyday problems. CAST faculty are engaged in basic and applied research in various aspects of sensors and instrumentation. Bioprocess sensors for optical monitoring of oxygen, pH, and pCO2 have been developed at CAST that have been successfully commercialized ( These optical sensors have led to a new class of miniature bioreactors useful for rapid bioprocess optimization. In other research, sensors based on various bacterial binding proteins are being developed. Next generation sensors that are being developed are based on surface plasmon coupled emission and these promise unprecedented increase in sensitivity at low cost.

Center for Advanced Studies in Photonics Research
Center for Advanced Studies in Photonic Research (CASPR) fosters advanced photonics research and technology development in the areas of optical communications, optical sensing and devices, nanophotonics, biophotonics, and quantum optics in order to benefit government, industry and scientific progress. CASPR Director Dr. Anthony Johnson, Professor of Physics and Professor of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, also serves as the Deputy Director of an Engineering Research Center sponsored by the National Science Foundation called Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment, or MIRTHE. Headquartered at Princeton University, it is a collaboration of physicists, engineers, chemists, environmental and bio-engineers, and clinicians from City College of New York, Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, and UMBC.

Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research
Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR) and its affiliated industry and government partners aim to be recognized globally as the preeminent cooperative research consortium for addressing the productivity, performance and scalability issues in meeting the insatiable computational demands of its sponsors applications through the continuous evolution of multicore architectures and open source tools.

Center for Urban Environmental Research & Education
Center for Urban Environment Research & Education (CUERE) advances the understanding of the environmental, social and economic consequences of the transformation of the urban landscape through research, conferences and symposia, support of university teaching programs. CUERE administers an NSF-sponsored Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program supports establishment of a multidisciplinary PhD program in “Water in the Urban Environment” at UMBC. Solutions to complex problems associated with the effect of urbanization on the water cycle require integrated ecological, economic and engineering approaches, as well as innovations in policy-making. This program will train a generation of Ph.D. students who understand these linkages and are prepared to work in multidisciplinary teams to improve understanding and management of urban environmental systems.

Center for Women in Technology
Center for Women in Technology
(CWIT) is dedicated to providing global leadership in achieving women’s full participation in all aspects of information technology (IT). CWIT was established at UMBC in July 1998, dedicated to providing global leadership in achieving women’s full participation in all aspects of information technology (IT). In 2006, the scope of CWIT’s influence at UMBC expanded to include Engineering majors. In July 2011, the name change from The Center for Women and Information Technology captured the twin threads at the center of CWIT – women and technology – while being broader about the types of technology included. Women’s participation in the creation of technology in IT and engineering fields will strengthen the workforce, raise the standard of living for many women, and help to assure that technology addresses women’s needs and expands the possibilities for their lives.