Our Research

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The Cockrell School's research units and centers coordinate and promote faculty and student research extending across and beyond the school. These units also provide and maintain specialized research facilities for faculty within designated fields that may be available to external users.

Cockrell School Research Centers

Affiliated Research Units

Federally Funded Research Centers


Research centers available to external users:

There are numerous ways to engage with Texas Engineering research through collaborative partnerships. Research teams work with companies, government agencies and other organizations to solve key engineering challenges. Cockrell School Research Relations facilitates and supports corporate research initiatives and alliances, research sponsorships and other types of partnerships.

Cockrell School Research Relations

Cherie Rachel, Director, 512-232-4594

Monique Gregory, Associate Director, 512-232-3460

Barbara Thompson, Corporate Relations Manager, 512-232-1810

University Resources


Texas Engineering faculty and students are dedicated to providing solutions to societal problems and addressing grand challenges.

Situated in the heart of one of America's fastest-growing and most technology-driven cities, the Cockrell School is advantageously positioned and brings a breadth and diversity of research expertise. We are fostering a culture that supports risk-taking and multidisciplinary innovation. Our community of recognized engineering thought leaders spans nearly every technical area critical to the economic competitiveness of Texas and the United States — energy, water, transportation, biomedical innovation, advanced manufacturing, wireless communications and more — and our organizational model allows for quick action and unique partnerships with industry.

Strategic Research Plan

The Strategic Research Plan for the Cockrell School identifies the vision, objectives, priority areas and roadmap for success of the school's research enterprise over the next 10 years. The plan will inform the school's long-term funding priorities and infrastructure investments, guide engagement with industry, influence faculty hiring priorities and help faculty members organize teams for major research initiatives.


These areas are designed for multidisciplinary collaboration that addresses the pressing societal problems of the 21st century and beyond.

1. Reinventing Human Health Through Engineering

As we continue to explore the basic science of diseases and therapeutics, we will focus on areas that affect outcomes and improve efficiencies in health care.

2. Leading the Revolution in Manufacturing

The emergence of optimal manufacturing systems is creating countless opportunities for localized, on-demand manufacturing.

3. Innovating for Energy, Environment and Sustainability

Major societal realities impacting our future will require new approaches to finding, generating and storing energy and water.

4. Advancing Intelligent Systems and Man-Machine Symbiosis

There will be extraordinary opportunities to enhance and re-envision interconnected technologies and systems to help people make better decisions in real time.


These themes span the spectrum of engineering and fluidly link our disciplines and researchers.

1. Empowering 21st Century Learners and Innovators

The need to educate more engineers in an increasingly competitive and cross-disciplinary environment will require us to transform the way we educate and prepare our students.

2. Designing and Developing New Materials

We will focus on advancing material innovations that will move society forward and create opportunities for products and processes to improve the quality of life.

3. Modeling and Simulation of Complex Systems and Networks

Computational modeling has revolutionized the engineering enterprise, and we will continue to explore possibilities to accelerate developments in simulation and visualization.