Key Strengths and New Areas of Research

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State-of-the-art facilities and record funding enable the College of Engineering, its faculty and students to make important contributions to research understanding and societal well-being.

With eight departments, 211 faculty, and more than 1,000 graduate students, the breadth of research and expertise is great. However, UC Davis Engineering’s key research strengths are in Energy, Environment and Sustainability, Engineering in Medicine and Information Technology and Applications.

 We will focus on advancing and empowering further discovery in our core research strengths:

Manufacturing and Engineering »

Advances in manufacturing processes and techniques occur within multiple disciplines in the College of Engineering. Our faculty are recognized leaders in precision machine tooling, micro- and nano-fabrication, robotics, advanced materials, physical electronics, micro-mechanical (MEMS) devices, and highpowered batteries and energy efficiency. Emerging manufacturing technologies are interdisciplinary in nature, and the UC Davis College of Engineering provides an environment conducive to collaboration across traditional academic departments.

Energy, Environment and Sustainability »

College of Engineering faculty are recognized leaders in research and innovation in energy efficiency, biomass, wind, alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles, as well as environmental problems related to water, wastewater, air and soil. Their approach spans policy, science and technology to develop sustainable solutions that work.

Engineering in Medicine»

 Our researchers develop imaging and sensing technology to better understand the fundamental workings of biological and chemical systems; they develop vaccines, drug delivery strategies, tissue regeneration and many other technical solutions to fight complex diseases and advance health and well-being, while engaging students in the rich spectrum of research at molecular, cellular, tissue, system and organism levels.

Information Technology and Applications »

In a world connected by largely hidden but highly complex information networks the possibilities and challenges are endless. UC Davis computer scientists apply their expertise and creativity to problems in chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, environmental science, agriculture and numerous other disciplines.


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Economic Impact

Engineering Translational Technology Center

The Engineering Translational Technology Center is a technology incubator designed to speed the transfer of high-impact, innovative ideas to the marketplace to meet society’s needs. The Center supports tenure-track professors during a critical stage of idea development.

Corporate Relations

 The Office of Corporate Relations’ mission is to strengthen the wide-ranging partnerships already established between industry and College of Engineering researchers, seek new opportunities for collaboration, and build awareness of College resources.