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The IPB Anchor Partners & Centers of Excellence

The IPB anchor partners and centers of excellence perform research in fields ranging from cybersecurity to materials testing to clean energy. Ten industry partners have invested more than $80 million for research at the IPB.


Thermo Fisher Scientific Center of Excellence

magnified immune cellEst. November 2014              Investment: $25 Million
Director: Steven Suib, Ph.D.

The Thermo Fisher Scientific Center of Excellence is one of the world’s foremost facilities for electron microscopy. Its microscopy instruments include the Titan Themis for sub-angstrom analysis of materials and the Talos TEM for simultaneous quantitative energy dispersive spectroscopy and analysis of the chemical composition of materials. This equipment will be available for collaborative research with industry partners including applications for clean energy materials and the testing of additively-manufactured components such as those found in medical devices and polymeric materials for biomedical applications.

Eversource Energy Center

Power GridEst. October 2015                   Investment: $9 Million
Director: Emmanouil Anagnostou, Ph.D.

The Eversource Energy Center leads the utility industry in innovating and developing new technologies and science-based solutions to ensure the delivery of reliable power and enhanced risk management associated with cyber and physical infrastructure security. Through research and teaching, the Center is advancing the next generation of storm outage forecasting, best practices for healthy and storm-resistant forest design, and new technologies to proactively pinpoint electric grid operational efficiencies and storm resiliency improvements.

GE Advanced Technology Initiative

integrated circuitsEst. October 2012                   Investment: $7.5 Million
Director: Mei Wei, Ph.D.

The GE Advanced Technology Initiative at UConn supports research to develop advanced materials and sophisticated arc-physics simulations that will enable the next generation of industrial circuit breakers and electrical distribution equipment.

UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering

 manufacturing robotsEst. October 2013                                   Investment: $10 Million
Director: George Bollas, Ph.D.             

The mission of the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering is to produce, disseminate, and commercialize new science and technology in the field of cyber-physical systems engineering, through transformative research, education, and workforce development. The Institute serves as a hub for world-class research, project-based learning by globally-distributed teams of students, and industrial outreach activities focused on model-based systems engineering (MBSE) of complex systems that are built from and are dependent on the synergy of computational and physical components. The convergence of computation, communications, control, and intelligence enables cyber-physical systems (CPS) to have learning and predictive capabilities, able to adapt to changing situations. The Institute is positioned to advance the science base of CPS and to accelerate its technological translation into sustained industrial growth.

Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center (AMIC) In Partnership with Pratt & Whitney

Additive manufacturingEst. April 2013                       Investment: $7.5 Million
Director: Rainer Hebert, Ph.D.

The Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at UConn is a premier facility for metal additive manufacturing. The range of equipment available includes electron beam melting and laser sintering technologies, including an experimental powder bed machine with complete open architecture. Additional equipment includes a suite of thermophysical measurement instruments (thermal diffusivity measurements to 2,800 °C, thermal expansion using an optical dilatometer to 1,650 °C, high-temperature differential scanning calorimetry, and a furnace rheometer for measurements of liquid metal viscosities). AMIC is focused on the underlying physics of additive manufacturing with emphasis on rapid solidification, powder spreading, and metal-atmosphere interactions. Experiments as well as ab-initio calculations are used to develop new insight into the additive manufacturing process. AMIC furthermore addressed control theory with the goal to improve current machine technologies. Besides additive manufacturing, AMIC supports the generation of data for manufacturing simulations.

Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation

Fuel cellEst. July 2013                         Investment: $7.2 Million
Director: Jeff McCutcheon, Ph.D.

The mission of the Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation (CEI) at UConn is to develop advanced membrane technology related to separations, energy storage, and fuel cells through contract research. CEI researchers include faculty from the University of Connecticut, Fraunhofer IKTS, allied research organizations, and industry partners.

Connecticut Cybersecurity Center (CHASE, Comcast, Synchrony)

cybersecurityCo-Directors: John Chandy, Ph.D.Laurent Michel, Ph.D.

The Connecticut Cybersecurity Center (C3) is UConn’s primary center focused on the cybersecurity needs of Connecticut industry and government.  The center provides research, outreach, and training programs including certificate and degree programs in various domains of security.  It also serves as the umbrella organization for the CHASE, Comcast, and Synchrony Centers, as well as the Voter Center housed at the main UConn campus.

Nextflex – Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute (DOD/DECD)

Technician holding a flexible electric circuit layout

Est. August 2015                    Investment: $4.0 Million
Point of Contact: Anson Ma, Ph.D.

The focus of the NextFlex Institute is on development and demonstration of new manufacturing processes for production of flexible electronics. NextFlex is one of three Manufacturing USA institutes that UConn currently partners with. For additional information, visit

Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)

clean energy researchEst. June 2016                        Investment: $3.0 Million
Point of Contact: George Bollas, Ph.D.

Smart Manufacturing works to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing. CESMII is one of three Manufacturing USA institutes that UConn currently partners with. For additional information, visit

Proof of Concept Center (POCC)

Solar cells

Est. 2017                 Investment: $0.5 Million
Director: Joe Luciani

The Proof of Concept Center (POCC) leverages commercialization and R&D resources at UConn to co-develop new products and services. As a hub for small and medium size companies, the POCC will develop targeted strategies to enhance an expert’s technology-based manufacturing capabilities, lead to competitive products and services, stimulate direct job growth, and promote economic development.

Reverse Engineering Fabrication Inspection & Non-Destructive Evaluation (REFINE) Labs

Scanning electron microscopeEst: 2017                
Director: Sina Shahbazmohamadi, Ph.D.

REFINE is a world-class lab for Failure Analysis, Circuit Edit, Nondestructive Testing and Reverse Engineering. This lab houses state-of-the-art equipment covering correlative multiscale workflows with X-ray, Optical, Ion and Electron ZEISS Microscopes. The lab’s primary research interest is in electronics and hardware security at various length scales ranging from Chip to system level. The lab also empowers research in nanotechnology, coatings, battery, and biomedicine.  

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute

sparks from robotEst. January 2017                        Investment: $6.0 Million
Point of Contact: Ashwin Dani, Ph.D.

The mission of the ARM Institute is to create and deploy robotic technology across many disciplines to realize the promises of a robust manufacturing innovation ecosystem. The ARM Institute is one of three Manufacturing USA institutes that UConn currently partners with. For additional information, visit

Advanced Cameras & Detectors – Thermo Fisher Scientific Center of Excellence


Est. June 2015                         Investment: $2 Million
Director: Steve Suib, Ph.D.

This 15-year strategic collaboration supports cutting-edge research utilizing new Thermo Fisher Scientific microscopes complemented by EDAX’s advanced cameras and detectors. The initiative includes support for graduate fellowships, training, workshops, seminars, and student internships.

UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) Center for Advanced Materials

Engineering experimentDirector: Pamir Alpay, Ph.D.

UTC Aerospace Systems (a unit of United Technologies Corporation (UTC)) Center for Advanced Materials offers educational funding to graduate and undergraduate students as well as post-doctoral fellows. It provides an opportunity for firsthand interactions with an industrial partner whose focus is on advanced aerospace and defense products. The Center has three main research thrusts:  (1) Design and development of custom aerospace alloys that lend themselves for additive manufacturing using computational and experimental tools, (2) Processing of high temperature ceramic composites for extreme environments, and (3) Quasicrystal-strengthened alloys for structural applications. In addition, the Center supports several co-op and internship positions at UTC Aerospace Systems and provides multiple senior design projects in Materials Science and Engineering, with a focus on metal manufacturing, ceramics, polymeric materials, and adhesives.

Institute of Materials Science (IMS) Industrial Affiliates Program

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Est. 1974
Director: Paul Nahass, Ph.D.

The Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) provides convenient access to resources at UConn’s Institute of Materials Science (IMS) to assist industry with short-term, materials-related research, development, characterization and production projects. The Program supports economic development of industry in the state and surrounding region, including access to essential scientific and technical resources of our IMS faculty, leveraging a deep understanding of materials, engineering, and processing coupled with some of the best characterization laboratories in the world, to help industry solve their technical material challenges.