The successes of the College of Engineering are numerous and impactful. We continue to make significant contributions to the intellectual and economic vitality of the world through our discoveries and innovations. Our research initiatives drive our ongoing quest for discoveries that transform the world into a better place to live and work.
The Engineering Research Accelerator supports the College of Engineering's efforts to expand our participation and influence in national and international research forums, developing a stronger voice on the world stage to share our insights and discoveries on emerging issues. We develop deep industry ties and seek new relationships to collaboratively develop solutions to broad problems. These solutions have the potential to create economic value through new products that are useful, usable, and desirable in the marketplace.
New research frontiers
The College of Engineering takes pride in its ability to be at the forefront of new research frontiers. Through its annual support of one to two new "moonshot" ideas, the college seeks to identify and foster the next set of high‐potential, cross‐cutting, emerging research directions that will lend themselves to future high‐impact centers of excellence within the college.
The selected moonshots receive incubation support through the Engineering Research Accelerator. Examples of such support might include student support, workshop organization support, short‐term incubation space, broader impact formulation, editorial and graphics support for grant writing, and company and federal partnership development support.
The college has regular calls for proposals to identify new moonshot ideas. The Accelerator facilitates the moonshot proposal process and will contact faculty with details when the call for proposals is open.
Next generation research initiatives and moonshots
Bioengineered Organs Initiative
The vision of the Bioengineered Organs Initiative is to save lives by increasing the amount of organs available to patients in need. The multi-disciplinary research team is designing, creating, and testing a new generation of long-term replacement organs engineered from a combination of bioprinted cellular and synthetic materials. This lifesaving technology has the potential to one day eliminate the current organ transplant waiting list.
Collaborative research at Carnegie Mellon University in 3-D printing, tissue engineering, biomaterials, cellular mechanics, and artificial organs can support or replace diseased organs. These bioengineered organs can improve survival rates for the millions of patients with end-stage organ failure in the United States.
The Bioengineered Organs Initiative is the first formal next-generation research initiative run by the Accelerator, and is currently incubated within the Accelerator.
- Keith Cook, professor of biomedical engineering
- Adam Feinberg, associate professor of materials science and engineering
Executive director: Anita Jesionowski, director of research partnerships, College of Engineering
The NextManufacturing Center is one of the world’s leading research centers for additive manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3-D printing. The center leverages knowledge from across disciplines to develop an entirely new approach to AM: design optimization, materials selection and characterization, process parameter mapping, software development, final part inspection, and qualification. The center is developing tools for AM which impact a wide range of other advanced manufacturing processes. Making use of the innovative maker facilities of the college, the NextManufacturing Center will also educate and train the next generation of AM experts through creative, hands-on problem-solving. The NextManufacturing Center is housed at the Accelerator, and was one of the earlier research incubation efforts supported by the Accelerator.
- Jack Beuth, professor of mechanical engineering
- Anthony Rollett, professor of materials science and engineering
Executive director: Sandra DeVincent Wolf, Executive Director, NextManufacturing Center
Remanence Computing Initiative
Remanence Computing is a Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering moonshot that conducts transformational research on developing a new computing platform and architecture that would "fuse" CPU/Memory/Storage all together using monolithic heterogeneous integration and nanofabrication. This research will allow for an exponential increase in computing capability and data storage with drastic reductions in size and power requirements to enable on-platform machine learning and pervasive AI.
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