UB's Communities of Excellence and our interdisciplinary
initiatives are an innovative and integrated approach to addressing
critical societal challenges through impactful interdisciplinary
research, education and engagement.
UB 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 Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies
(SMART) Community of Excellence is using design, smart materials
and automation to transform advanced manufacturing. Industry
leaders, faculty and students are focused on innovative and
sustainable ways to bring customizable products to market.
Health inequity is one of the defining issues of the 21st
century. The Community for Global Health Equity brings
transdisciplinary solutions to complex problems that affect
population health-child survival, infectious disease,
non-communicable disease and refugee health.
The Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence
is empowering people with the tools necessary to understand
personal health issues. This new model--an innovative and
integrative approach--is revolutionizing the emerging field of