Research Centers

Biophysics Collaborative Access Team (BioCAT)

BioCAT is a National Institutes of Health-supported X-ray facility located at the Advanced Photon Source in Argonne, Illinois, for the study of partially ordered and disordered biological materials. Techniques supported by BioCAT include scanning hard X-ray microprobe for metal distribution and speciation in tissues; fiber diffraction and micro-diffraction of muscle, connective tissue, amyloids, and viruses; and small-angle X-ray scattering from macromolecules in solution. The BioCAT facility comprises an undulator-based beamline, (18-ID) associated laboratory, and computational facilities. Access is available to all scientists on the basis of peer-reviewed beamtime proposals. Thomas Irving, director, can be reached at 312.567.3489 or irving@iit.edu.

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Center for Accelerator and Particle Physics

The Center for Accelerator and Particle Physics provides a locus for interdisciplinary activities at Illinois Tech aimed at the continued development of research in elementary particle physics, development of new particle-accelerator technologies, and at education and outreach to educational institutions and to the wider business, philanthropic, and general public sectors. It serves as a base to coordinate the activities of a group of Illinois Tech faculty, graduate students, and staff from various departments currently involved in a number of research programs, and will promote substantial increases in such involvement through a close working relationship with other universities in the region and with Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory. Daniel Kaplan, director, can be reached at 312.567.3389 or kaplan@iit.edu.

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Center for Complex Systems and Dynamics

The Center for Complex Systems and Dynamics provides an interdisciplinary collaborative environment for fundamental and applied research for understanding and mathematically describing complex systems; developing mathematical and computational techniques for simulating, analyzing, and modifying their behavior; and applying these methods to various complex systems of national interest. Current research areas include nonlinear and stochastic phenomena in complex systems, multi-agent systems, complex networks and adaptive systems, natural and industrial ecologies, dynamics of multiphase systems, fluid turbulence, molecular level modeling of physical systems, brain electrophysiology and computational neuroscience, and transportation systems. Fouad Teymour, director, can be reached at 312.567.8947 or teymour@iit.edu.

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Center for Financial Innovation

Financial innovation has been vigorously debated since the financial crisis of 2008. The Center for Financial Innovation takes a comprehensive and objective look at the history of financial innovation, providing a central location for scholars, practitioners, media, and the general public to explore the many innovations that serve as the foundation for our global financial system. The Center will provide data, video interviews, and an Encyclopedia of Financial Innovation through the Center's website, which is currently in development. Formerly named the Center for Financial Markets, and established in 1998 as the Center for Law and Financial Markets, the CFI has evolved from the vision of John A. "Jack" Wing, a financial and educational innovator in his own right. Siva Balasubramanian, associate dean of Stuart School of Business, can be reached at sivakbalas@stuart.iit.edu for more information.

Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Neuroengineering Research

The mission of the Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Neuroengineering Research (CINNR) is to foster research in systems and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and other Chicago-area institutions, and in neural engineering at Illinois Tech. Work in the center proceeds from basic science and clinical efforts and emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the nervous system. Nicholas Hatsopoulos, co-director, can be reached at 773.702.5594 or nicho@uchicago.edu. David Mogul, co-director, can be reached at 312.567.3873 or mogul@iit.edu.

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Center for the Molecular Study of Condensed Soft Matter 

The Center for the Molecular Study of Condensed Soft Matter is a multidisciplinary center dedicated to the research of soft matter, both biological and synthetic. The center has substantial expertise in cell membranes, collagen, ECM, peptide mimetics, entangled polymers, networks, and the cytoskeleton. Particular emphasis is paid to establishing molecular structure/property/function relationships. The center houses faculty from biology, engineering, and physics, and is a member of the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering. Research relies equally on experimental, computational, and theoretical components, including neutron diffraction, X-ray diffraction and scattering, atomic force microscopy, forced Rayliegh scattering, micro- and bulk rheology, molecular dynamics simulations, and stochastic and statistical mechanical modeling. Jay Schieber, director, can be reached at 312.567.3046, or schieber@iit.edu.

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Center for Nutrition Research 

The Center for Nutrition Research supports the work of the Clinical Nutrition Research Center, which conducts human nutrition and clinical research to characterize and describe the biological activity of foods and food components in a variety of study areas including nutrient/phytonutrient properties and bioavailability and metabolism, obesity and satiety, diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk reduction. The unit also manages projects related to the Institute for Food Safety and Health’s nutrition research arm. Britt Burton-Freeman, Director, can be reached at 708.563.8276 or bburton@iit.edu.

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Center for Processing Innovation

The Center for Processing Innovation provides expanded food safety, process control, evaluation of novel processing technologies, and process validation capabilities for applied research through the Institute for Food Safety and Health’s GMP processing area, kitchen and pilot plant; BSL-2 processing innovation laboratory; and BSL-3 laboratory and biocontainment pilot plant. The unit also administers education and training services, and other targeted commercial projects. The center is equipped with various processing equipment, including high-pressure processing, retorts, and a fresh produce processing line. Alvin Lee, director, can be reached at 708.563.8277 or alee33@iit.edu.

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Center for Specialty Programs

The Center for Specialty Programs administers key specialized programs, including customized laboratory proficiency testing services that support the United States Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department for Agriculture, state government laboratories, and the Food Emergency Response Network. The center also conducts research on speciality projects involving secret agents. Jason Wan, acting director, can be reached at 708.563.8287 or jwan1@iit.edu.

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Center for Strategic Competitiveness

The Center for Strategic Competitiveness develops global partnerships to enhance innovation and creativity, and is the foundation for the strategically competitive curriculum of Stuart School of Business. The center’s mission is to develop strategic competitiveness into an approach to business that will enhance the ability of individuals, organizations, and governmental units to be proactive and innovative in addressing global market challenges in the next economy. In 2014 the Center for Sustainable Enterprise became part of the Center for Strategic Competitiveness, creating opportunities to implement practical and equitable business strategies that advance ecological sustainability while fostering current and future economic viability.

Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions

The mission of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions mission is to educate students as responsible professionals, to reflect on the wider implications of scientific progress, and to contribute to the shaping of technology in accordance with fundamental human values. The center's research program is in ethics in the life sciences and in ethical and societal issues of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on philosophical and ethical aspects of neuroscience. Established in 1976, CSEP is committed to multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research, to projects that combine empirical investigation with conceptual analysis, and projects that introduce and propagate innovations in teaching. It also houses a worldwide, unique collection of ethic codes and a large collection of ethics education materials. Elisabeth Hildt, director, can be reached at 312.567.3902 or ehildt@iit.edu.

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Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation

The Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation promotes application of the tools and techniques of synchrotron radiation to science and engineering research, with a particular focus on developing and operating experimental beam line facilities to serve the needs of various collaborative access teams at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. Carlo Segre, director, can be reached at 312.567.3498 or segre@iit.edu.

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Sustainable Transportation and Infrastructure Research Center

The Sustainable Transportation and Infrastructure Research Center works toward providing long-term solutions to highway work zone safety and mobility problems by building a consortium of major work zone stakeholders including transportation agencies, road contractors, trucking industry, and the insurance industry. By working together through the consortium, the stakeholders can combine their resources and knowledge, and work towards preventing the 50,000 work zone injuries and 1,000 fatalities that occur every year. The initiatives of the center focus on (1) developing highway work zone safety audit guidelines by addressing the concerns and interests of all stakeholders; (2) discovering/developing/transferring new technologies and measures for improving work zone safety and minimizing negative impacts on private industries and the national economy; and (3) providing work zone safety training and education to the transportation community and the public. Zongzhi Li, director, can be reached at 312.567.3556 or lizz@iit.edu.

Electric Power and Power Electronics Center

Illinois Tech has long maintained high-quality education and research programs in electric power and energy systems. The mission of the Electric Power and Power Electronics Center is to make significant educational, research, and practical contributions to the fields of electric power, power electronics, electric machines, motor drives, and vehicular power systems. The tasks of the center include the sponsorship of technical studies, which will enhance the role of university faculty, manufacturers, vendors, and consumers in power engineering research and education. The center works with centers and departments across Illinois Tech, other institutions, government agencies, and industry to sponsor research projects, short courses, conferences, and seminars. Mahesh Krishnamurthy, acting director, can be reached at 312.567.7232 or ukrishn1@iit.edu.

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Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education

The objective of the Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education is to use engineering and science based techniques to develop treatment modalities for diabetes and its many complications. The center is the first in the United States to focus on diabetes treatment. Illinois Tech faculty members, in collaboration with investigators and clinicians at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, are working on a variety of diabetes-related research projects. The center is a component of the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering. Ali Cinar, director, can be reached at 312.567.3042 or cinar@iit.edu.

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International Center for Sensor Science and Engineering

The mission of the International Center for Sensor Science and Engineering is to foster communications within the scientific and engineering community about sensors and exchange experiences with academia, industry, and research labs through support of scientist, engineer, student, and faculty research and exchanges; provide an interdisciplinary environment for broader areas of sensor research. The center performs basic and applied research in developing chemical and biological sensing systems with novel materials and unique sensing platforms. The center also provides state-of-the-art facilities and expertise in sensor research. Its research outcomes will benefit society and improve quality of life through a cleaner environment, more efficient energy usage, earlier diagnosis and effective treatment of diseases, and safer food. Rong Wang, director, can be reached at 312.567.3121 or wangr@iit.edu.

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Medical Imaging Research Center

The Medical Imaging Research Center, or MIRC, is affiliated with the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering, is an interdisciplinary research team focused on technological advances in the field of medical imaging. Housed in Illinois Tech's University Technology Park, the center is home to faculty members from the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Biomedical Engineering (BME) as well as their student research assistants, research associates, and labs. MIRC contains two experimental laboratories, the Advanced X-ray Imaging Laboratory (AXIL) and the molecular Imaging Laboratory (MIL), which support research into new forms of medical imaging and their applications. In addition to its role as a research team, MIRC acts to foster inter-disciplinary research cooperation and educational initiatives at Illinois Tech in medical imaging including degree programs in the ECE and BME departments. Center research spans a wide array of methodologies such as MRI, CT, SPECT, and PET, and conventional and phase-contrast X-ray, and numerous applications in medicine, including heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. Miles Wernick, director, can be reached at 312.567.8818 or wernick@iit.edu.

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National Center for Food Safety and Technology

The National Center for Food Safety and Technology, the cornerstone principal operating center of the Institute for Food Safety and Health, continues to operate under its long-time cooperative agreement between Illinois Tech and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, focusing on the design and performance of a variety of collaborative and cooperative research projects across several focus areas, including microbiology, chemical constituents, allergens, food processing, packaging, methods validation, and nutrition. Robert Brackett, NCFST Director, Illinois Tech Vice President, and IFSH Director, can be reached at 708.563.1577 or rbrackett@iit.edu.

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Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation

The mission of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation is to pursue groundbreaking work in the generation, transmission, distribution, management and consumption of electricity. The Galvin Center brings together faculty, students, researchers, industry, government, innovators, and entrepreneurs to collaborate to improve the reliability, security and efficiency of the electric grid and overcome obstacles to the national adoption and implementation of the smart grid. Mohammad Shahidehpour, director, can be reached at 312.567.5737 or ms@iit.edu.

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Thermal Processing Technology Center

Through the Thermal Processing Technology Center, faculty and students undertake research to support the needs of the materials processing and manufacturing industries. The center performs high-quality basic and applied research in thermal processing technology of interest to the primary metals and manufacturing industry. In addition, the center provides training and education to enhance the human resources available to industry. Multidisciplinary research teams are used to provide innovative crosscutting technological solutions to industrial materials processing problems. Sammy Tin, director, can be reached at 312.567.3780 or tin@iit.edu.

Wireless Network and Communications Research Center

Founded in 2006, Illlinois Tech's Wireless Network and Communications Research Center, or WiNCom, is an initiative of the computer science and electrical and computer engineering departments. Motivated by the continuing explosion in the use of the radio frequency spectrum and the desire to increase RF spectrum utilization and efficiency, WiNCom fuses the creative talents of faculty and students from across the university. WiNCom's signature achievement is the 2007 establishment and ongoing operation of the IIT Spectrum Observatory, which is creating a continuous record of RF spectrum utilization in Chicago. Research programs include RF spectrum measurements, RF measurement data storage and analysis techniques, cognitive radio, communication system modeling, RF coexistence, and RF interference modeling and mitigation. Application areas are licensed and unlicensed spectrum, public safety, smart grid, and spectrum sharing. The center has generated numerous technology transfers and spinoffs including a commercial RF spectrum observatory network. Center researchers have ongoing engagements with the FCC and other government entities including the U.S. Commerce Department Spectrum Management Advisory Committee. Cynthia Hood, director, can be reached at 312.567.3918 or hood@iit.edu

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