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ERIE is a collection of existing academic programs and research projects designed to advance the science, engineering, and policy of ecosystem restoration, and contribute to the ecological recovery of the Great Lakes and Western New York. The initiative supports an undergraduate research program and a doctoral traineeship funded through the NSF’s Integrative Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. 

 

The Electronic Packaging Laboratory (EPL) is an interdisciplinary research center aimed at developing the computational and experimental tools needed to develop the next generation of nanoelectronics and nanophotonics devices.

 

As data have become largely available in the fields of engineering and applied sciences, there is a need for advanced analysis methods, in order to identify ties between problems, phenomena, and potential explanatory factors. With this in mind, the Engineering Statistics and Econometrics Application (E-SEA) research lab was established to support decision making for Engineers and Scientists in problems involving applied statistical and econometric methods and modeling.

 

Geotechnical Laboratory

The geotechnical testing facilities include automated computer controlled apparatus (GeoComp loadtrac/flowtrac, ELE, Geotest) for consolidation, hydraulic conductivity, residual shear, and stress or strain path controlled monotonic and cyclic triaxail testing; HP network analyzers for material characterization/non-destructive testing; calibration chamber and model test facility for static and dynamic penetration testing, model pile studies, and a laminar box in the UB-SEESL laboratory.

 

Great Lakes Program

The Great Lakes Program was established in 1985 to support efforts designed to protect and preserve the Great Lakes Ecosystem. This ecologically and economically important ecosystem is home to more than 40 million people in the United States and Canada. The mission of the Great lakes Program is to coordinate the development, evaluation, and synthesis of scientific and technical knowledge on the Great Lakes Ecosystem in support of public education and policy formation.

 

UB's Groundwater Research Group brings together faculty and student expertise from three academic departments and three major research centers to tackle multidisciplinary research problems related to groundwater management. Current research foci include regional groundwater flow and reactive contaminant transport modeling, application of remote sensing and innovative data collection techniques to groundwater modeling, model calibration and data management, and subsurface remediation. 

 

The Institute of Bridge Engineering aims to produce highly capable bridge engineers, conduct research that will advance the state of the practice, and provide professional development opportunities to the community of bridge professionals.


ISTL adapts a trans-disciplinary approach which integrates analytical and engineering problem-solving skills with managerial principles and creative adaptation. 

 

MCEER is a national center of excellence dedicated to the discovery and development of new knowledge, tools and technologies that equip communities to become more disaster resilient in the face of earthquakes and other extreme events. MCEER accomplishes this through a system of multidisciplinary, multi-hazard research.

 

RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) Institute is university-wide and interdisciplinary, focusing on complex energy and environmental issues, as well as the social and economic ramifications. It helps develop and coordinate innovative research, education and outreach programs.

 

The University at Buffalo's Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL) provides research services for MCEER, the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, and R&D services for industry.

 

The Transportation Informatics University Transportation Center (TransInfo) utilizes a wealth of Big Data (real time traffic data, travel data, remote sensing data, etc.) by employing a wide variety of methods, tools and models, including methods from Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Statistics, and Database Systems. 

 

Transportation Systems Engineering Laboratory

The Transportation Systems Engineering (TSE) Laboratory at UB has several computers, multiple large-format computer monitors, and high-speed network connections to UB’s IT network as well as the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition (NITTEC) traffic data network. The network connection with NITTEC allows the lab to receive, in real-time, travel-related information collected by NITTEC’s extensive monitoring and surveillance equipment.