The institutes and laboratories in the Department bring researchers and engineers together to solve global problems in the natural and built environments. 


Areal view of the Great Lakes.

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.

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.

Shake table in Ketter Hall fitted with beam and ready for demonstration.

The Center's research aims to increase the disaster resilience of buildings, bridges and other key infrastructure.. Since 1987, MCEER, formerly the multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCCER) and the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER) has produced over 600 publications that describe the latest research and developments on a wide variety of topics. 

Geotechnical Laboratory

Students and faculty members point to the laminar box.

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.

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