Research Centers & Institutes

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The main goal of the center is to develop the scientific methods in dealing with cutting tools, machine tools, and machining processes.
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The Automotive Research Experiment Station provides students with the distinctive opportunity to be involved in multidisciplinary research and characteristics of the nature of work within the automobile industry.
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Founded with a mission of illuminating and harnessing the power of evolution in action to advance science and technology and benefit society. Research at BEACON focuses on biological evolution, digital evolution, and evolutionary applications in engineering, uniting biologists who study natural evolutionary processes with computer scientists and engineers who are harnessing these processes to solve real-world problems.
The Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) is the first and preeminent academic body focusing upon the complex global issues of anti-counterfeiting and product protection of all products, across all industries, in all markets on strategies to work effectively to detect, deter, and respond to the crime.
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To promote research applied to education in the College of Engineering and, more broadly, to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education across the university.
Center for Innovation and Research
The Center for Innovation and Research has been created through a formal partnership agreement between Sparrow Health System and Michigan State University. It will bring together potential innovators between MSU and Sparrow and support the formation of partnerships within and beyond the boundaries of our separate systems. The MSU/Sparrow Center for Innovation and Research should be a hub for collaboration that fosters the creative spirit and encourages innovative thought. Not simply an office space, the Center should be seen as one that brings out the best in individuals and groups as they begin to identify problems, design new approaches, strategies, processes and technologies that address care problems and challenges. The Center will champion innovators to bring them to the point of care.
Plant & Soil Sciences Building
The Center for Microbial Ecology was founded in 1989 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as one of the first eleven Science and Technology Centers in the nation. The Center has major programs in Research, Graduate Education, Industrial Outreach, and Educational Outreach designed to create new knowledge, facilitate the dissemination of knowledge to the industrial and governmental sectors, help to develop a well-trained work force knowledgeable in microbial ecology, and increase scientific literacy among K-12 students.
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Our mission is to develop nanostructured, biomimetic-interface architectures that express membrane-protein activities and can be used to produce high-value devices and processes.
The Center for Revolutionary Materials for Solid State Energy Conversion will focus on solid state conversion of thermal energy to useful electrical power, both to increase the efficiency of traditional industrial energy processes and to tap new unused sources of energy such as solar thermal.
Composite materials are a new class of materials that combine two or more separate components into a form suitable for structural applications. While each component retains its identity, the new composite material displays macroscopic properties superior to its parent constituents, particularly in terms of mechanical properties and economic value.
A center of excellence for the design and testing of composite structures for light-weight, environment-friendly, durable and safe vehicles.
Michigan State University (MSU) and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FhG) formed a mutually beneficial research partnership to establish the Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Laser Applications (CCL) in 2003, a Center of Excellence in coating and laser processing technologies. The partnership was based on complementary expertise in the areas of conventional coatings, carbon-based coatings, microwave plasma processing and laser processing.
Our mission is to apply cutting-edge research to help create a new generation of sustainable bioenergy feedstocks, processing technologies and fuels.
The Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER) provides a common structure for researchers from across academia and industry to work on how computation can better their research. The High Performance Computer Center (HPCC) at Michigan State University provides computational hardware and support to MSU faculty, students and researchers.
The Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health (CEGLHH) focuses on understanding the inter-relationships between the Great Lakes ecosystem, water quality and human health. The Center employs a multidisciplinary approach to understand and forecast coastal-related human health impacts for natural resource and public policy decision-making, and develop tools to reduce human health risks associated with three research priority areas: beach closures, harmful algal blooms, and drinking water quality.
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The goals of the Center are to develop and deliver new scientific knowledge that will help its members with current and future challenges related to multiphase technologies.